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Submission Deadline Reminder!

The UN’s official Rio+20 website,, has created a web page for inputs to the compilation document, which will serve as a basis for the Zero Draft document. The deadline for inputs is 1st November 2011.

To view the page and to add you input to the document click here.

Invitation to an Ice Coalition/Stakeholder Forum Conference with support from DLA Piper


Context The UN Conference on Sustainable Development also referred to as ‘Rio+20’ or the ‘Earth Summit 2012’ will take place in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, twenty years on from the ground-breaking Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Leaders from all over the world will meet to address some of the most urgent social and environmental challenges of our times. More

Earth Blog: UN’s New Sustainable City Effort Starts With Asia – by Warren Karlenzig

We all need to reinvent urban planning for the 21stcentury.

Never has the need been greater for integration across urban management, systems, experts, policies and technologies. The world is rapidly becoming more urban,especially in Asia, where hundreds of millions have begun moving to cities. This massive migration, largest in human history, will produce colossal impacts–including innovation–in energy use, transportation, housing, water and resource use. More

New SDG2012 Think Pieces

Stakeholder Forum’s Sustainable Develoment Governance programme (SDG2012) has published seven new think pieces from prominent authors in the field. The new titles and authors are listed below:

Animals are integral to the ‘green economy’  

In New York this week, WSPA (World Society for the Protection of Animals) co-hosted a series of presentations on the crucial links between livestock production and the green economy. The event also provided a showcase for farming methods which are sustainable, good for animals, people and the environment prior to the Rio+20 UN conference on sustainable development. More

The Council of the European Union adopts conclusions on Rio+20.

On 10th October 2011 the Council of the European Union has adopted conclusions on Rio+20. More

UNDESA World Economic and Social Survey

The world faces important decisions on how we generate energy and manage our natural assets—choices with implications that will reverberate for generations to come. Against a backdrop of a rising global population and unceasing pressure on the natural environment, this 2011 edition of the World Economic and Social Survey can guide our collective efforts to achieve a much-needed technological transformation to a greener, cleaner global economy. More

Rio+20 Policy Brief: Transforming governance and institutions for a planet under pressure

Revitalizing the institutional framework for global sustainability: Key Insights from social science research

The Earth System Governance Project is glad to release its new comprehensive Policy Brief Transforming Governance and Institutions for a Planet under Pressure. Revitalizing the Institutional Framework for Global Sustainability.. More

Letter to the President of the General Assembly

We are pleased to inform you that the Permanent Mission of Germany sent last Friday a note to the President of the General Assembly requesting that the Final Declaration (Chair’s Text) of the 64th UN DPI/NGO Conference be circulated as an official document of the General Assembly. More

Contribution of Forests to a Green Economy

The conference “Contributions of Forests to a Green Economy”, a country-led initiative in support of the United Nations Forum on Forests, was held on 4-7 October 2011 in Bonn, Germany. The Conference was hosted by Germany and co-sponsored by Austria and Finland. More than 100 representatives from governments, international and regional organizations, and major groups of civil society from over 45 countries attended the Conference. More

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