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Pinto, Maria José Nogueira


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Diário de Notícias - Portugal | 10/12/2009

Maria José Nogueira Pinto sees heightened awareness as solution to climate change

For jurist and politician Maria José Nogueira Pinto the success of the climate summit in Copenhagen depends on a change in mentality: "As with other problems in a globalised world, climate change can only be resolved by building up global awareness. An awareness that accepts the simple fact that mankind has no other habitat beyond this planet and that takes on the responsibility of preserving it for future generations and declares itself willing to change unsustainable production and consumption standards. I believe the first step is a new view of the situation - and in this respect the climate summit in Copenhagen can be decisive - must go beyond a simple division into rich and poor countries, developed and undeveloped countries, the powerful and the weak, the predators and the prey. If the main focus of the negotiations really is creating a common outlook that defines how the world of the future should be, then perhaps a qualitative leap can be achieved with common decisions and rules that go further than the sporadic agreements and rhetorical promises which usually dominate such summits."

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | 26/11/2009

Shortcomings of judiciary are a disgrace

Portugal's media report daily on cases of corruption involving politicians and other leading figures. This is nothing new, writes politician Maria José Nogueira Pinto, who blames the judiciary for this state of affairs in the daily Diário de Notícias: "It surprises me, but not because of the subject, which is a very important one, but because it's treated as if it was something new ... . Corruption is tied to the poor functioning of the judiciary, which to be quite honest is the biggest case of corruption. There were always crimes and always will be. But the certainty of going unpunished, the perception that the law is useless, the lack of faith in the courts - this is not the way it should be in a constitutional state. The corruption at the core of the government and the system has been a fact for some years now."

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