Ryan Stoa, a Fellow in Water Law and Policy at the FIU College of Law, will be speaking at a Rio+20 Side Event — the World Meeting of Environmental Lawyers – organized by the French-based International Centre of Comparative Environmental Law.
“International water resource governance is an uncoordinated and inconsistent practice,” explained Stoa, who will give a talk on the importance of harmonizing the various international legal instruments related to water entitled, “Freshwater Resources – Towards a Consistent Transboundary Freshwater Framework.”
“The 1997 United Nations Convention on the Law of Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses still hasn’t entered into force,” Stoa said. “We need to integrate and promote the various legal instruments – principally, the Watercourses Convention and the Law of Transboundary Aquifers – to have the necessary foundation for development of a more robust and synergistic regime.”
Ryan Stoa is Program Executive Officer at the Global Water for Sustainability (GLOWS) program at Florida International University, and a Fellow in Water Law and Policy at the College of Law. He manages water-related international development programs in Africa and Asia, including capacity building of water, sanitation, and hygiene organizations in Africa, and integrated natural resources management in watersheds of the Republic of Georgia. He holds degrees in international development (McGill University) and law (Duke Law School), and his research interests include US and international water law, international development law, and transboundary water conflicts.
GLOWS to Participate in UN Rio+20 Global Sustainability Conference in Brazil
(Miami, FL) — Representatives of FIU’s Global Water for Sustainability (GLOWS) Program will be participating in the UN’s Rio+20 Conference, the United Nation’s Conference on Sustainable Development to be held June 20-22 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
GLOWS Director Maria Donoso, and Program Executive Officers Elizabeth Anderson and Ryan Stoa, who is a Fellow in Water Law and Policy at the FIU College of Law, will be attending the conference.
The Conference, which will bring together 180 ministers, 50,000 activists and participants from NGO’s and business representatives, marks the 20th anniversary of 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). At UNCED, countries adopted Agenda 21 – a blueprint for sustainable economic growth that advances social equity while also ensuring environmental protection.
Finding a “green path” for development that lifts people out of poverty will be one of the themes of the conference, which also seeks to improve international coordination for sustainable development.