100 opinion-makers and 30,000 young citizens from 30 countries
join forces and share ideas to prepare the Rio+20 conference.
Territories and resources
We addressed various topics in the framework of our study among the world youth and the panel of 100 personalities. Here are some examples of questions we discussed:
The rarefaction and destruction of natural resources make it necessary to imagine new tools and mechanisms of governance (juridical, financial, etc.) to set the rules for their exploitation throughout their entire life cycle (extraction, processing, recycling), while taking into account the impact on populations.
Is a global management of such resources possible? Or should a local management, on the scale of the territories where they are extracted and used, be preferred?
Is the concept of « global public goods » legitimate? Does the concept of « territories » still make sense in such a globalized world?
Some interview excerpts linked to this topic:
- Territorial solidarity is the key to local sustainability. Beyond solely rural and solely urban areas, we must maintain transitional and hybrid spaces over the long term, contributing to food security (through local supply chains) as well as providing vital ecosystem services (e.g. climate regulation through water cycles, wooden areas, etc.). Such territorial solidarity requires economic linkages, reinforced by cultural bridges among communities to share resources and mobilize our collective intelligence in order to achieve a better quality of life.
Martha Delgado Peralta (Mexico),, Minister of the Enviroment for the Government of Mexico City.
- Increase role of local authorities will be a key solution to the situation and I believe it will not have a threat to the sovereignty of the state. Devolution of authority will increase the autonomy and responsibility of the local governments in local development. They can find their own solutions that are more suitable to their own environment.
Sampath Perera (Sri Lanka), Chairman of the Sri Lanka Young Councillors National Platform, committed to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals.
- All levels of governance must be involved actively in the effort of preserving the necessary balance between four key elements of the equation in today’s world: population, urbanization, production and the environment. Governments, corporations and actors from the civil society all play a role in the delivery of public goods and services, which places them in a situation of joint liability to build, operate and continuously improve vital infrastructure networks in an equitable manner. Young professionals are powerful agents of change.
Miguel Angel Carreon Sanchez (Mexico), Director General del Instituto Mexicano de la Juventud (IMJUVE)