April 30, 2012 – (via BBC) In his most recent blog on preparations for the Rio+20 summit, Sha Zukang, the secretary-general of the conference, declares that the previous two months saw “intensive efforts to strengthen the zero draft of the outcome document”. “There is no doubt that Member States are working extremely hard to ensure that world leaders renew political commitments for sustainable development at Rio+20,” he writes. Continue reading>>
April 30, 2012 – (via The Independent) British bus companies have a better ethical record than new-tech giants Apple and Google, according to a global-sustainability league table published today.
FirstGroup, the UK’s biggest bus operator, was named the second best in the world for social, environmental and governance, while the Go-Ahead Group was the 10th best globally. Continue reading>>
April 30, 2012 – (via UN News Centre) Protecting the safety and health of workers across the world must be part of transitioning into a green economy, the United Nations stressed today, warning that while sustainable jobs may protect the environment and create new employment opportunities, they may also present a number of unforeseen risks for individuals. Continue reading>>
April 30, 2012 – (via Stakeholder Forum) In preparation for the Rio+20 Conference, ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) is publishing a Local Sustainability 2012 study, consisting of a global review of the position of local governments as sustainable development actors and a collection of 14 case studies. Both publications include a set of recommendations for the future of local action and will be available shortly at www.iclei.org/local2012. Continue reading>>
April 27, 2012 – (via Environmental Finance) The Rio+20 sustainability conference is likely to generate opportunities for investors because of an increasing focus on sustainability and public scrutiny on climate policies, according to Citigroup.
In June, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development will be held in Rio de Janeiro, 20 years after the original Earth Summit, where countries will discuss how to create a ‘green’ economy that can sustain a rapidly growing population. Continue reading>>
April 27, 2012 – (via National Geographic) In the coming weeks, we look forward to sharing news about how cities are setting the course for long-term sustainable growth. But first, we want to catch readers up on the conversations we have been having over the past year, featuring the progress being made around the world. The following post originally ran on the C40 Cities Live Blog on January 1, 2012. Washington Post Writers Group Columnist, Neal Peirce, recently wrote a piece highlighting the growing demand from cities worldwide to play a greater role in the decision making process with international governing bodies, such as the United Nations. Continue reading>>
April 27, 2012 – (via Business Green) Businesses have been told they can take advantage of a “staggeringly large” market for renewable energy solutions in developing countries and help the UN achieve its goal of global universal access to energy by 2030.
Around 1.3 billion people across the world have no electricity at all, which severely restricts their ability to work or study into the evening, Reid Detchon, vice president of energy and climate at the United Nations Foundation (UNF), said at a briefing during this week’s Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in London. Continue reading>>
April 27, 2012 – (via AlertNet) The upcoming U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro could be more positive for the environment than recent international climate summits as long as it attracts enough world leaders and tackles economic concerns as well as environmental challenges, according to a top climate expert. Continue reading>>
April 26, 2012 – (via The Mainichi) A conference of international experts and environment ministers in the Swedish capital on Wednesday urged world leaders gathering later this year in Brazil to discuss world’s sustainable development to “stop talking and start acting.”
The 12-point “Stockholm Call for Action” plan was presented to a top representative of the U.N. at the end of a three-day conference on sustainable development. Continue reading>>
April 26, 2012 (via Straits Times) A top United Nations (UN) official has billed the upcoming Rio+20 summit in Brazil as the ‘best chance’ for countries to embrace inclusive growth.
Executive secretary Noeleen Heyzer of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap) said such inclusivity would require ‘nothing less than a fundamental reset of the global agenda’, and a commitment by countries to green their economies by investing in innovation, clean technology and energy efficiency. Continue reading>>