March 15, 2012 - (via OECD) – Humanity has witnessed unprecedented growth and prosperity in the past decades, with the size of the world economy more than tripling and population increasing by over 3 billion people since 1970. This growth, however, has been accompanied by environmental pollution and natural resource depletion. The current growth model and the mismanagement of natural assets could ultimately undermine human development. Continue reading>>
March 15, 2012 – (via AllAfrica) – A national stakeholders preparatory workshop aimed at articulating Nigeria’s position to the Rio+20 Summit has concluded in Abuja with participants calling for renewed political commitment for sustainable development. Continue reading>>
March 14, 2012 – (via Bloomberg) – As world political and business leaders ready for the Rio+20 U.N. sustainability conference in June, Brazil’s leaders are debating policy changes that could jeopardize the leadership it has earned from reducing Amazon deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading>>
March 13, 2012 – (via BBC) – For anyone still persuaded that the phrase “sustainable development” is deployed as a treehugger plot to prevent any development at all, the words of the UN’s top climate official on Friday should act as something of a corrective. Continue reading>>
Mar. 13, 2012 – (via Council of European Union) -
CONVINCED that the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) offers a unique opportunity to secure renewed political commitment in order to move forward the sustainable development agenda in a comprehensive way also in respect of previous commitments and building on the Rio principles, Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and BELIEVING that Rio+20 should inject significant impetus into the worldwide and just transition towards a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication...
12 March 2012 (via UN News Centre) – The 100-day countdown to the United Nations conference on sustainable development that will be held in Brazil in June kicked off today with a call to governments, businesses and civil society to make sustainability a core issue for the future. Rio+20: Social media countdown to UN sustainable development forum kicks off.
Mar. 12, 2012 – (via Financial Times) June marks the 20th anniversary of the Rio Earth Summit, the event that led to the Kyoto Protocol, the creation of carbon markets and the kickstarting of a renewable energy revolution. It is being marked by another summit, known as Rio+20. But while the 1992 meeting was policy-focused, with more than 100 heads of state turning up to hammer out a deal, business is set to play a much bigger role this year. Continue reading>>
Mar. 9, 2012 – (via Internews Service) – The upcoming Rio+20 conference has to be the moment in human history when the nations of the world come together to find ways to ensure the very survival of humanity, many science and environmental experts believe. Continue reading>>