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After Rio+20, developing countries must take the lead

By David Disckson, Sciences and Development. Last week’s summit has confirmed that sustainable development will only be achieved through the political leadership of developing countries. Two and a half years ago, the Copenhagen climate change conference (COP15) ended in rancorous and highly public disagreement between developed and developing nations on what was needed to prevent [...]

Rio summit ends with warning on corporate power

By Richard Black, BBC News. The UN sustainable development summit in Brazil has ended with world leaders adopting a political declaration hammered out a few days previously. Environment and development charities say the Rio+20 agreement is too weak to tackle social and environmental crises. Gro Harlem Brundtland, author of a major UN sustainable development report [...]

No Strategy for Civilisation in Crisis

By Mario Osava, IPS. The Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) in Istanbul in 1996 was one of the international meetings most open to civil society participation. Its conclusions, published as a voluminous Plan of Action, collected thousands of proposals and recommendations from participants. But Jaime Lerner, the urban planner who decades [...]

At Rio+20: Values versus prices

By Patrick Bond Given the worsening world economic crisis, the turn to ‘Green Economy’ rhetoric looms as a potential saviour for footloose financial capital, and is also enormously welcome to those corporations panicking at market chaos in the topsy-turvy fossil-fuel, water, infrastructure construction, technology and agriculture sectors. On the other hand, for everyone else, the [...]

Rio+20: An undesirable U-Turn

By Vandana Shiva, The Asian Age. Rio de Janeiro is a city of U-turns. The most frequent road sign in the city is “Retorno” — return. And Rio+20 or the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development followed that pattern. It was a great U-turn in terms of human responsibility towards protecting the life-sustaining processes of [...]

Rio+20 is not the response we need to safeguard people and the planet

By The Elders Today The Elders said that the declaration of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) is not the response we need to safeguard people and the planet. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and Chair of the UN commission that brought the concept of sustainable development to global attention 25 [...]

Copacabana Blues? Personal reflections after Rio+20

By Rio plus twenties Rio+20 was exactly what I predicted a long time before: Public opinion shifted to call it a “lost opportunity”. It did not find any responses to (not even properly deal with) the biggest global challenges, such as climate change, the continued loss of biological diversity and the increasing gap between rich [...]

What will young people do if Rio+20 fails?

By Rio plus twenties What we would do if Rio+20 fails? Despite the negative pessimist nature of the question, Rio+20 will be a success in many ways. We will still be young people the morning after the summit; we will still care about the same issues that drove us to Rio de Janeiro; and if [...]

Rio+20 concludes, now the work begins!

By UN-GLS The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or “Rio+20”) opened 20 June 2012, gathering 191 UN Member States and observers, including 79 Heads of State and government, about 10,000 representatives of Major Groups, and more than 30,000 other participants (parliamentarians, mayors, UN officials, chief executive officers, etc). Its outcome document – entitled “The [...]

The terms of the present ecological debate

By Leonardo Boff Rio+20 has provoked a wide debate about ecological issues. Since not everyone understands the technical terms of the debate, we are publishing an article by the best known ecologist of the State of Rio, Arthur Soffiati, of Campos de Goytacazes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, founder of the Centro Norte Fluminense for the [...]