In 1992 a 13 year old girl asked world leaders attending the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit to stop breaking the planet, if they weren’t able to fix it. Twenty years later leaders gather again in Rio to discuss measures to make our world more sustainable, but sadly there has been too much breaking and too little fixing in the meantime. We have seen shy attempts by politicians to mend things, to address global challenges like poverty and climate change together. But our carbon-driven global economy has marched on in the meantime, increasing material well-being for some, but also fuelling economical, environmental and social inequalities. Climate change, which poses huge challenges to some of the world’s poorest communities experiencing increasingly extreme weather, is an obvious example. High hopes, low expectations « Afronline – The Voice Of Africa High hopes, low expectations « Afronline – The Voice Of Africa
Additional tools Rio+20: United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development "Rio+20", the UN conference on sustainable development, was held in June 2012. The conference aimed to secure renewed global political commitment for Sustainable Development. Rio+20 assessed progress made since Rio 1992 and Johannesburg 2002, and addressed implementation gaps and emerging challenges. Rio+20 achieved advances in a number of areas: EU positions on Rio+20 EU positions on Rio+20
Twenty years ago, when the world's leaders pledged to protect Earth's climate and biodiversity at the Rio Earth Summit, they knew it would not be easy. But few could have guessed how much worse the situation would get. In 1992, the atmosphere held fewer than 360 parts per million (p.p.m.) of carbon dioxide; the concentration is now nearing 400 p.p.m. and surging upwards. At the same time, species are disappearing at an accelerating rate. Return to Rio: Second chance for the planet Return to Rio: Second chance for the planet
Despite agreed environmental goals, world still on unsustainable path – UN The United Nations environment agency today warned that the world “continues to speed down” an unsustainable path in spite of hundreds of internationally agreed goals to protect the planet, and stressed that drastic actions and big-scale measures are needed to reverse this pattern. “If current trends continue, if current patterns of production and consumption of natural resources prevail and cannot be reversed and ‘decoupled,’ then governments will preside over unprecedented levels of damage and degradation,” said the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner. The fifth edition of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), launched ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil later this month, assessed 90 of the most important environmental goals and objectives and found that significant progress had only been made in four. Despite agreed environmental goals, world still on unsustainable path – UN
IRIN Global | RIO+20: Sticky issues and hope | Global | Aid Policy | Early Warning | Environment | Health & Nutrition | Water & Sanitation The Rio+20 conference is being billed as the largest UN conference ever to be held RIO DE JANEIRO, 14 June 2012 (IRIN) - “The pace is too slow” and “there is a lack of urgency”, grumbled a negotiator as preparatory talks on the final political outcome document limped back into motion on 13 June at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also known Rio+20, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “We have just a week to go before the conference starts officially [on 20 June],” said Sha Zukang, UN under-secretary-general for economic and social affairs, and secretary-general of Rio+20. Officials, NGOs and members of other lobby groups have three days in which to work out their differences before heads of state make a final decision on accepting the document. Before the last round of talks in New York, in the first week of June 2012, only 6 percent of the text had been agreed upon. IRIN Global | RIO+20: Sticky issues and hope | Global | Aid Policy | Early Warning | Environment | Health & Nutrition | Water & Sanitation
BARCELONA, Jun 1, 2012 (IPS) - We are all going through a period of great confusion and uncertainty. On the one hand, part of the world is dramatically affected by the consequences of governments’ total submission to the financial markets. These markets, supposedly anonymous, are not subject to any kind of control, due to the deregulating policies of the last decades. They have even overthrown democratically elected governments and substituted them with "technocratic" ones. Rio+20 - a Call to Responsibility, a Call to Action Rio+20 - a Call to Responsibility, a Call to Action
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Rio+20 can make a difference The global summit in June presents a rare and timely opportunity to unite world leaders and secure a global commitment to sustainable development – we cannot afford to waste it Anyone remember the 2005 UN climate talk in Montreal? It ended late as usual after an all-night negotiating session and rumours of collapse. Rio+20 can make a difference
"Business-as-usual" won’t do at Rio+20 summit “You can start to deliver sustainable development today or face the anger and disappointment of millions of citizens in the years and generations to come.” Rubens Born Forum of Brazilian NGOs and Social Movements for Environment and Development Published: 4 May 2012 Leading civil society groups unite in warning following latest negotiations A group of leading international humanitarian, development, social justice, environmental, and workers’ organizations today warned that next month’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) looks set to add almost nothing to global efforts to deliver sustainable development. "Business-as-usual" won’t do at Rio+20 summit
Q&A: Earth Summit Deadlocked Until Eleventh Hour Q&A: Earth Summit Deadlocked Until Eleventh Hour UNITED NATIONS, May 21, 2012 (IPS) - The 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro has been described as one of the largest international conferences in the history of the United Nations, attracting over 20,000 participants, including more than 100 world leaders. The landmark summit, which strongly reaffirmed that environment was an integral part of development, endorsed Agenda 21, a global plan of action for sustainable development, and also the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. Additionally, the summit also approved the U.N.
Deadlock over Rio+20 action plan fuels NGO scepticism about summit's payoff | Global development After two weeks of closed-door negotiations, the UN preparatory committee PrepCom has failed to reach consensus on a global plan of action, entitled The Future We Want, to be adopted at the Rio+20 summit meeting of world leaders in Brazil next month. The negotiators, comprising representatives of all 193 member states, had limited success beyond reducing the size of the action plan, or "outcome document", from nearly 200 to fewer than 100 pages. The document, called the "zero draft", originally ran to more than 6,000 pages of submissions by member states, international organisations and civil society groups. Kim Sook, the South Korean ambassador to the UN and one of the co-chairs of the PrepCom, said delegates had expressed "disappointment and frustration at the lack of progress" on agreeing a plan aimed at a greener economy and a sustainable future. In an effort to break the deadlock, the PrepCom will revisit the zero draft at an unscheduled five-day session beginning on 29 May. Deadlock over Rio+20 action plan fuels NGO scepticism about summit's payoff | Global development
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The Road to Rio™ | Rio+20 Earth Day Network works with partners on the U.S. and international stage, engaging in global policy initiatives to enhance environmental awareness and accelerate the green economy. In May 2012, Brazil will play host to what many expect to be the most decisive international conference of our time, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (informally known as Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro. Held every ten years, this conference aims to further commit governments to pursue sustainable development.
08/05/2012 at 6:49 am Guest blog by Deirdre Carolan In our world over one billion people live in extreme poverty. Rio+20 – A Time To Move Forward
"Rio+20" is the short name for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012 – twenty years after the landmark 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from the private sector, NGOs and other groups, came together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet. The official discussions focussed on two main themes: how to build a green economy to achieve sustainable development and lift people out of poverty; and how to improve international coordination for sustainable development. AT Rio+20, more than $513 billion was pledged to build a sustainable future. It signaled a major step forward in achieving the future we want. "Rio+20 has given us a solid platform to build on. What is “Rio+20”? - Rio+20 The Future We Want
Sustainable agriculture should be the UK's key objective for Rio+20, according to the UK secretary of state for the environment, food and rural affairs, Caroline Spelman, who will be attending next month's UN conference on sustainable development with the deputy prime minister Nick Clegg. "Everywhere in the world, wherever farmers farm, should be put on a sustainable footing," she told a Faith in Rio debate in London on Wednesday, organised by the NGOs Cafod, Christian Aid, Tearfund and Progressio. "Just imagine if we could move farmers from subsistence to sustainability," she added, citing some farmers' inability to store produce and water as an example of where low-key technology could make a real difference in developing countries. Rio+20 should prioritise sustainable agriculture, says Caroline Spelman | Global development
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