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Summit Objectives

The ongoing process initiated by the Summit had three core objectives:

  • Strengthening Scrutiny;
  • Supporting National Legislation;
  • Incorporating Natural Capital Accounting into national economic models.

 300 Legislators from 86 countries agreed at the 1st World Summit of Legislators that a formal process should be established to focus on the following three core priorities:

  • Scrutiny: recognising the role of legislators in monitoring and scrutinising the work of government, the Summit will establish a mechanism at the international level to monitor implementation of commitments by governments made at Rio+20.
  • Legislation: recognising the role of legislators in developing and passing laws, the Summit will provide a platform to advance and share best legislative practice as well as to develop a mechanism within international processes that can recognise national legislation;
  • Natural Capital: recognising the role of parliaments in many countries to approve budgets and national accounts, the Summit examined how the value of natural capital can be integrated within our national economic frameworks to enable legislators to better monitor the use of natural capital.

The Summit endorsed a revised version of the GLOBE Natural Capital Action Plan, first endorsed at the GLOBE Nagoya Forum in the fringes of CBD COP 10. As part of the implementation of the Legislators Protocol adopted at the Summitin September 2012 the GLOBE International Secretariat started preparing the GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative (GNCI) with a leadership group of legislators from 8 countries. The GNCI was formally launched at the 1st GLOBE Natural Capital Summit hosted by the German Bundestag on 7th June 2013 in Berlin

The Summit was also a major catalyst for the consolidation and expansion of the GLOBE Forest Legislation Initiative (GFLI). The Forest session of the WSL convened legislators from 16 forested countries, providing a space for dialogue and exchange on parliamentary scrutiny and legislation relating to forests and REDD+. The WSL helped establish the GFLI in the DRC National Assembly and provided a platform to expand GLOBE’s forest work in Brazil.  It also provided a platform to establish contacts with legislators from new potential GFLI countries, including Colombia and Zambia. In addition, the Summit helped build the political momentum for a REDD+ Pledge signed by legislators from 33 countries at the 1st GLOBE Climate Legislation Summit at the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office in London in January 2013.

  • Legislators' Protocol

    The Legislators Protocol was negotiated by all delegations and was based on the three core Summit objectives. The legislators were invited to make a commitment to seek support for, or formal ratification of, the Protocol as appropriate to the procedures of their respective national legislature. Legislators were asked to reconvene every two years to monitor the progress in implementing the Rio+20 outcomes as well as to share best legislative practice.Please click here to download the Legislatos' Protocol approved by the 1st World Summit of Legislators.
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  • Summit Objectives

    The ongoing process initiated by the Summit had three core objectives:
    • Strengthening Scrutiny;Supporting National
    • Legislation;Incorporating Natural Capital
    • Accounting into national economic models.

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  • Participating Countries

    300 legislators including 38 Speakers of Parliaments and Presidents of Congress, participated in the 1st World Summit of Legislators. The following countries participated in the Summit:



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  • Summit Agenda

    The Summit was formally opened by the Mayor of the host City of Rio de Janeiro, Mayor Eduardo Paes. Legislators met over three days in the Tiradentes Palace and agreed a groundbreaking Legislators Protocol.

    The Summit agenda can be downloaded by clicking here.

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