outreach informals day

Day Date of publication
Informal Informals
4 22nd March 2012
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Sustainable Development Goals – the critical outcome from Rio+20

The informal government meeting held in Solo, Indonesia in July 2011, may go down as one of the most significant government meetings for Rio+20, writes Felix Dodds,Executive Director, Stakeholder Forum. It put on the table the idea of upgrading the Commission on Sustainable Development to a Council of the General Assembly, which was originally proposed in 1992 by Gro Harlem Brundtland the Prime Minister of Norway. Also bought to the table, by the governments of Colombia and Guatemala, was the idea of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in what is called the Solo Message… More


Our Vision of Sustainable Development Goals

Colombia and Guatemala have proposed that a key outcome of Rio+20 must be a concrete agreement on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), writes Saba Loftus, Objectives Task Force of the UNCSD Major Group of Children and Youth. Since then, SDGs have increasingly become a core part of the Rio+20 policy dialogue…. More


Resource Overshoot – Today’s Global Challenge

This is one of the key questions to be discussed during the last phase of the preparatory process of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The negotiations should aim for a bold and innovative decision – one that will be vital to the success of the Conference, and contribute to the future the world needs,writes Pietro Bertazzi, Global Reporting InitiativeMore


Sustainable – and Political – Development Goals

One of the key tests of Rio+20 is whether it can convince investors of the value of the green economy, writes Nick Robins, HSBC Climate Change Centre of Excellence. The draft outcome for the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development – The Future We Want – has valiantly tried to squeeze 2,298 pages of submissions into a 19-page set of priorities. The text is a mixed bag containing the hopeful, the vague and the promising… More


Sustainable Development Goals and the Post-2015 Agenda

Following recent discussions on an International Framework for Corporate Sustainability, this event will bring together a panel, from a diversity of sectors, to give add views and experiences on this agenda. The objective is to inform governments and other stakeholders of current work and initiatives around this agenda, drawing on evidence and examples from governments, international organizations, stock exchanges and a number of private initiatives… More

Whose Blueprint Are We Using?

Sustainability is of course a central concept for Rio+20. For many, it’s shorthand for ‘environmentalism’ but for Aviva Investors it’s much more than that. It means looking to the future and thinking about the long term consequences of all our actions, writes Steve Waygood, Aviva Investors. More

Sustainable Development Goals: MDGs 2.0?

In the midst of very complex negotiations related to political commitments to sustainable development, the meaning of green economy and renewing institutional frameworks; a very significant conflict has emerged at the Rio+20 Informal Informals, writes Anil Naidoo, Blue Planet Project, Council of Canadians. More

Why Principles are important

Podcasts from the Rio+20 Informal Informal discussions are available here.

Disability must be part of a post-2015 development framework

Podcasts from the Rio+20 Informal Informal discussions are available here.

News from the Negotiations – Synthesis of Plenary Sessions Wednesday, 21 March

Podcasts from the Rio+20 Informal Informal discussions are available here.

Quote of the day

We knew the problems, we knew most of the answers – but we failed to scale them up to deliver what was needed.

Felix Dodds, Executive Director, Stakeholder Forum

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About ten years ago, I read a book called Dead Heat: Global Justice and Global Warming by Tom Athanasiou and Paul Baer. It’s a short accessible summary of the science of climate change, and the scale of the challenge. I defy anyone to read it and not feel the urgent need to do something about climate change.

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