• Blog
  • December 3rd, 2015

Head of new UN body on asbestos hot seat!

Asbestos Kills

We are re-posting this important blog by Kathleen Ruff, Senior Human Rights Advisor and Board Member of the Rideau Institute. (See: Head of UN sponsored science initiative asked to uphold scientific evidence, RightonCanada,ca, 1 Dec. 2015).


Scientists and civil society organisations from around the world are asking Prof. Paul Shrivastava, a professor at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business and a long-time consultant to multi-national corporations, to uphold scientific evidence and human health.

Shrivastava has been appointed Executive Director of Future Earth, a major international research and policy initiative coming out of the UN Rio+20 conference. Future Earth will, it states, be  “the world’s largest research program — over 60,000 researchers — to address the greatest challenges facing humanity.”

Its mission is to achieve a world where decision-making is informed by the best available scientific evidence and knowledge so as to bring about “equitable, sustainable solutions to the most pressing issues currently confronting humankind.” Its governing council is comprised of the International Council for Science, the International Social Science Council, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations University and other leading organisations.

“Clearly, it is of critical importance that the Executive Director of Future Earth demonstrates commitment to scientific and ethical standards,” says Kathleen Ruff.

Concordia University has been made the international headquarters of Future Earth. If Future Earth is committed to upholding scientific evidence and helping humanity, it must clearly uphold those values at Concordia.

Kathleen Ruff, Senior Human Rights Advisor and Board Member of Rideau Institute, RightOnCanada.ca, December 1, 2015

Read more here: Head of UN sponsored science initiative asked to uphold scientific evidence

Read More

Comments are closed.




It’s time for a Women, Peace and Security Ambassador for Canada

In the lead up to the UN International Day of Peace on 21 September, it is timely to consider a Private Member’s Motion  now before Parliament, that might just gain enough traction for the Justin Trudeau government to take note. Introduced in February 2018 by MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj, the key paragraph of Motion 163 reads:  [R]eaffirm Canada’s commitment to build […]

Read More
View the Blog »

Senate report chooses human rights over weapons exports

On 4 September the Rideauinstitute.ca blog discussed key pieces of legislation upcoming in the Senate, including in particular Bill C-47, on Canada’s ...

Canadian civil society gears up for crucial Senate hearings

There are three key pieces of legislation before the Canadian Senate, which resumes sitting in mid-September.  They are: Bill C-47 – legislation ...