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Issue No:61
  • :0973-1121
  • :March
  • :2012

The Maldive Shark

About the Shark, phlegmatical one,
Pale sot of the Maldive sea,
The sleek little pilot-fish, azure and slim,

How alert in attendance be.From his saw-pit of mouth, from his charnel of maw
They have nothing of harm to dread,
But liquidly glide on his ghastly flank
Or before his Gorgonian head;
Or lurk in the port of serrated teeth
In white triple tiers of glittering gates,
And there find a haven when peril’s abroad,
An asylum in jaws of the Fates!
They are friends; and friendly they guide him to prey,
Yet never partake of the treat—
Eyes and brains to the dotard lethargic and dull,
Pale ravener of horrible meat.

—Herman Melville

Document : Rio+20

Green, Blue and True

The following is the input of ICSF to the Compilation Document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)

1. The International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF) welcomes the objective of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development: Rio+20 to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development. We welcome its focus on ‘green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication’ (GESDPE)  and ‘institutional framework for sustainable development’ (IFSD). We understand GESDPE integrates economic, environmental and social pillars of sustainable development. In the context of marine resources, GESDPE, we assume, also recognizes ‘blue economy’ or sustainable and equitable distribution of ocean resources.

2. ICSF is concerned that since the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), the dominant model of development has encompassed a very narrow conceptualization of development that has emphasized industrial growth at the expense of the social and environmental components of sustainable development.Similarly, economic values have come to dominate discussions on the green and blue economy, minimizing the importance of...

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