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Should Rio+20 focus on accountability?

The Stakeholder Forum has called for accountability to be central to Rio+20. We definitely need a Framework Convention on Accountability. That’s the easy part.

And I think it could draw from the consensus, established by ISO 26000, on the crucial issues that any responsible organisation should face – the core subjects and the underlying issues.

But Rio will be an inter-governmental affair, and as Halina Ward has pointed out, ISO does not have that kind of global legitimacy.

Yet the establishment of truly global consensus must be achieved through a process of dialogue. ISO 26000 should be a voice in that process.

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