Conor Foley is a humanitarian aid worker. He has worked for a variety of human rights and humanitarian aid organizations, including Liberty, Amnesty International and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He currently lives and works in Brazil, and is a research fellow at the Human Rights Law Centre at the University of Nottingham.
Conor's books include Combating Torture: a manual for judges and prosecutors (2003), which was published by the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and A Guide to Property Law in Afghanistan (2005), which was published by the Norwegian Refugee Council and UNHCR.
When a government spokesman announced on April 4, 2012 that no country has better credentials for hosting the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June, he had a point. Brazil’s environmental record isn’t perfect; it is still home to vast pockets of poverty. But those challenges—echoed across the world in countless places—could make this South American giant the perfect forum for discussing the challenges ahead. Few countries are better acquainted with the difficulty of balancing human and natural needs.