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Feb. 29, 2012 – (via UN) - The world’s corporations are increasingly adopting a more sustainable course of doing business, a senior United Nations official said today, but voiced concern that participation was still lagging below expectations ahead of a major forum on corporate sustainability in Rio de Janeiro in June. Continue reading>>

 

 

Feb. 29, 2012 – (via Ernst & Young) - While 2011 saw record levels of new investment into clean energy, especially solar technologies, the outlook for 2012 is far less certain, particularly in developed markets according to this issue of Ernst & Young’s quarterly global renewable energy Country Attractiveness Indices report (CAI). The renewables sector will continue to prosper in 2012 in the emerging markets, thanks to ambitious installation programs securing investments, while more established markets will face increasing financial constraints, especially within the Eurozone. Continue reading>>

 

Feb. 29, 2012 - (via AFP) BRASILIA — World leaders who will attend the upcoming Rio conference on sustainable development must come up with a tangible compromise leading to a greener economy, visiting EU climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard said Tuesday. Continue reading>>

 

 

UNEP Clarifies Position as Rio+20 Draws Nearer

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Feb. 27, 2012 - (via ICTSD) - With Rio+20 only months away, the UN Environment Programme took the opportunity at its Twelfth Special Session of the Governing Council to move is position forward through two discussion papers. The papers mark a shift away from UNEP’s recent focus on the Green Economy Report by each looking at actionable outcomes for each of the twin-themes of Rio+20: the green economy and the institutional framework for sustainable development. Continue reading>>

 

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UN Ban Ki-Moon focuses on Rio+20

On February 27, 2012, in Policy, Rio+20, UN, by admin
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Feb. 27, 2012 – (via UN) - Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message to the twelfth special session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, delivered by Assistant Secretary General Amina Mohammed, Deputy Executive Director of UNEP, in Nairobi, 20 February: Continue reading>>

 

Feb. 27, 2012 - (via State Department) - http://www.state.gov/e/oes/sus/rio20/c47955.htm

 

Feb. 27, 2012 – (via Fox News) – With gasoline prices spiking, a presidential election looming in the fall, and recent failures at reaching sweeping global agreements on environmental policy, the Obama Administration is heading into this summer’s Rio + 20 Conference on Sustainable Development with modest goals, looking for areas of broad agreement and civic engagement that can be touted as populist environmental progress.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/02/24/obama-administration-sees-rio-20-summit-in-june-as-festival-global-greenness/#ixzz1nZoqkNs2

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Feb. 23, 2012 – (via Environment News Service) NAIROBI, KENYA – Environment ministers from around the world ended their annual meeting today by promising to make the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, a success. Continue reading>>

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Feb. 23, 2012 - (via Huffington Post) - It makes sense that environmentalists are placing a lot of stock in the Rio +20 conference. Continue reading>>

 

Feb. 22, 2012 – (via OnPoint) How is the economic downturn affecting the sustainability goals of the international business community? During today’s OnPoint, Peter Bakker, president of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, gives his recommendations for the upcoming U.N. Rio+20 meeting and addresses concerns that the business community will slow its sustainability efforts in light of the economic downturn. Continue reading>>

 

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