2014 Global Rights of Nature Conference Objectives

Conference Agenda Highlights

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Advancing Rights of Nature Globally
    January 14 Welcome & introductions
Conference objectives and intended outcomes
Why is Rights of Nature important for today's society?
Where is Rights of Nature globally?
What does & could Rights of Nature look like?
    January 15How do we galvanize a broader social movement?
What does Rights of Nature mean for each sector?
How do pivotal issues get framed through Rights of Nature?
Key challenges and opportunities
What strengths do we build on?
How do we engage others?
    January 16 The Global Alliance - Moving forward
Transfer to Quito
Ethics Tribunal for Rights of Nature
    January 17 Tribunal Opening
Opening Statements - Prosecutor
Expert Reports
Case Presentations
Closing Plea
Tribunal Judges' Responses
Closing Remarks

Press Conference: 10:30am

Conference Objectives

The overarching objective of the Global Rights of Nature 2014 Conference is to build and expand the global Rights of Nature movement through defining a formulated global strategy. The structure of the Conference is highly interactive in order to engage the collective wisdom of those who have been implementing Rights of Nature and related legal and social structures.  Our intention is to examine lessons learned through this past decade, develop the necessary framework for furthering earth rights globally, and seed and develop relationships among leaders of movement.  This will be an unprecedented gathering of global leaders and multi-disciplined thinkers. Within that context the Conference intends to:

1.   Examine the experience of communities in the US and the countries of Ecuador and Bolivia who have implemented Rights of Nature, perform a critical analysis to identify the fundamental principles of a governance system based on the Rights of Nature, and define a framework for action to expand the global implementation and integration of Rights of Nature.

Implementation of Rights of Nature moves a community into largely unchartered territories. Ecuador, Bolivia and dozens of communities in the US now provide the opportunity to examine working models of Rights of Nature implemented in society with respect to what is working, what is needed, and unique cultural and jurisprudence considerations as new areas emerge around the world.

2.   Build interfaces with Rights of Nature among other social movements

Examine how Rights of Nature intersects with other social movements and global issues. Develop a broader understanding of how Rights of Nature relates to human rights, indigenous rights, energy (especially hydrofracking) and mineral extraction, water, food, seeds and sustainable agriculture, economics, climate change, and other social justice movements.

3.   Define a broadened strategic plan for the Global Alliance for the next stage of action.

At this critical stage, in collaboration with members and strategic allies, reexamine and redefine priorities, strategies, and operational structures needed to broaden meaningful engagement, accelerate expansion and assure continued success of the Alliance moving forward. Working Groups are the key vehicles through which effective legislative assistance, international advocacy, global outreach, multi-cultural communications and collaboration are advanced. The intention is to drill down and realign on a strategic plan and framework of action for the Alliance and its Working Groups.

4.   Seed and develop peer-to-peer relationships and engage allies more fully

Seed and develop peer-to-peer relationships across continents and within regions to make it easier for emerging communities and countries to identify intellectual and operational knowledge bases and for the members of the Alliance to respond in a cohesive way.

5.   Advance and leverage Rights of Nature in Ecuador through examining the lessons emerging from Ecuador’s implementation.

As the first country to include Rights of Nature in its Constitution, Ecuador is setting the course for future countries to follow. Redesigning existing legal structures to effectively integrate Rights of Nature precepts presents unprecedented challenges for legal entities as well as Civil Society. The intent is to review cases among specific communities in Ecuador to assess the level of effective Rights of Nature integration and implementation. Through the analysis, determine what communities and government need in order to strengthen the ongoing integration in Ecuador and define a framework of action to provide meaningful, productive support.

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