On visit to Republic of Korea, Ban highlights role of businesses in sustainable development - Private businesses, which play a crucial role in achieving sustainable development, must boost their efforts to integrate sustainability principles into their operations, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed during his trip to the Republic of Korea (ROK) this week (UN News Centre, 1.11.2012).
Ruzanna Tarverdyan on Call for a New Social Contact – Ruzanna Tarverdyan is back in the studio to further discuss RIO+20, and a call for a new social contract (YouTube, 14.8.2012).
Taking the Long-view Atop the Chocolate Mountain - Friday June 22, the last day of the Rio+20 conference. A haze of exhaustion hangs over the media center at RioCentro (student reporter, 20.7.2012).
Outcomes of Rio+20 – Sustainability is very important for Switzerland. It had four major goals it had hoped would be included in the outcomes of Rio+20. Ruzanna Tarverdyan is back in the studio to discuss this (YouTube, 17.7.2012).
Ruzanna Tarverdyan on Rio+20 – Rio+20 took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 20-22, 2012. The summit declaration, «The Future We Want», calls on countries to introduce «green economy» policies to eradicate poverty without adding extra strains on food, water and energy supplies (YouTube, 5.7.2012).
Challenges and hope from Rio – In his speech at the recent UN Rio+20 conference, Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said there have been many achievements since the last one 20 years ago. Whilst the opportunities are great, he also stated so are the continued challenges. Two delegates shared their views of the conference with The Foreigner (Norwegian News, 25.6.2012).
Ocean experts plan to salvage Rio+20 disappointment - Ocean conservation experts on Friday challenged governments to prove they are serious about protecting oceans after a “disappointing” Rio+20 earth summit (Eco-Business, 25.6.2012).
Rio+20 and what it means for us – A global gathering took place in Rio de Janeiro on the anniversary of the Earth Summit of 1992, which produced a global treaty on climate change and a landmark commitment to protect biodiversity. But these two accords, which had great ambitions, have been a cause for major disappointment thus far (Tribune, 25.6.2012).
Switzerland shows how to put the Green Economy in practice, Rio document does not meet all challenges – Switzerland needs to decouple its economic growth from its resource use with a factor 3, and bring back its ecological footprint (World Resources Forum, 23.6.2012).
Nobody’s happy at the Rio+20 environmental summit – Not the legion of bleary-eyed government negotiators from 193 nations who met in a failed attempt to find a breakthrough at the United Nations conference on sustainable development (The Washington Post, 23.6.2012).
Rio+20, the unhappy environmental summit – Nobody is happy in Rio. Not the legion of bleary-eyed government negotiators from 193 nations who met in a failed attempt to find a breakthrough at the United Nations conference on sustainable development (The Economic Times, 23.6.2012).
Adopted Rio+20 Summit declaration reflects India’s concerns – Reflecting the concerns of India, the Rio+20 Summit has said that developing countries needed additional resources for sustainable development and that unwarranted conditionalities on Official Development Assistance (ODA) and finance should be avoided (The Economic Times, 23.6.2012).
Rio+20 Earth Summit: campaigners decry final document – ‘Pathway for a sustainable future’ declared, but Greenpeace says summit was failure of epic proportions (The Guardian, 23.6.2012).
The North – South trench in Rio+20 - The 3rd preparatory committee meeting for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development closed without agreement (student reporter, 22.6.2012).
Business Action at Rio+20 – Among the many conferences and side events in which business engaged during Rio+20, one of the more important ones was the Business Acton for Sustainable Development (BASD 2012) day on Tuesday (Forbes, 22.6.2012).
Rio+20 declaration lacking on pledges – The Rio+20 UN Earth Summit ended on Friday with leaders approving a 53-page declaration that casts new light on the profound divisions over how to tackle the world’s environmental and development problems (The Financial Times, 22.6.2012).
Rio+20: Biggest ever UN summit ends with faint glimmer of hope – The biggest ever United Nations conference on the environment has been condemned as a ‘hoax’ by UK charities for spending millions of taxpayers’ money to do little more than come up with a list of aspirations on saving the planet without any concrete action (The Telegraph, 22.6.2012).
Rio+20 Earth Summit results in nonbinding declaration with moderate goals – The global environment summit concluding Friday, which drew nearly 100 world leaders and more than 45,000 other people to Rio de Janiero and cost tens of millions of dollars, may produce one lasting legacy: Convincing people it’s not worth holding global summits (The Washington Post, 22.6.2012).
Alternative voices from Rio+20 – While world leaders negotiate in the Rio+20 meeting halls, thousands of activists have launched ‘The People’s Summit’ (Aljazeera, 22.6.2012).
Rio+20: the Earth Summit diaries, Friday 22 June - Jo Confino provides behind the scenes insight of all that’s going on from a business perspective at the last day of the Earth Summit (The Guardian, 22.6.2012).
UN Development Chief Gives Obama a Pass for Rio+20 Absence - As prime minister of New Zealand, Helen Clark championed sustainability in its many forms — climate change, women and leadership, the nation’s relations with indigenous people (Bloomberg, 22.6.2012).
Ocean Advocates Find Silver Linings After Rio+20 Disappointment - Although agreement was not reached on policing international waters, some firm commitments were made in Brazil (National Geographic, 22.6.2012).
Celebrities speak out at Rio+20 summit - Hollywood heavyweights threw their star power behind environmental causes on Thursday, advocating for the creation of an Arctic reserve and the protection of animal and plant species (The Reporter, 22.6.2012).
Rio+20: Big powers need to step up - When it comes to saving the environment, major world powers will need to do most of the heavy lifting, Swiss Environment Minister Doris Leuthard has told the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development – also known as Rio+20 (Swissinfo, 22.6.2012).
Protests overshadow Rio+20 summit debate - Protests by greens and indigenous groups overshadowed debate on the world’s environment at the Rio+20 UN summit here Thursday, while celebrities clamored for a sanctuary to protect the riches of the Arctic (Bangkok Post, 22.6.2012).
Rio summit: Little progress, 20 years on – On the final day of the UN sustainable development summit in Rio, UN chief Ban Ki-moon has urged governments to eliminate hunger from the world (BBC, 22.6.2012).
Stars of the Earth Summit - If the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development has been criticized for being short on results, the mega-event has at least made the city a stage for a colorful cast of political and environmental personalities (The New York Times, 22.6.2012).
Rio+20: The View from Manhattan – This week we hit the streets of Manhattan to talk to the public about Rio+20, the three-day environmental conference that opened on Wednesday in Rio de Janeiro (The New York Times, 22.6.2012).
Rio+20 protesters perform ‘ritual rip-up’ of negotiated text - Anger rises at Rio Earth summit, as raucous demo focuses on Future We Want text that ‘moves us forward by inches’ (The Guardian, 21.6.2012)
RIO+20: We are in a crisis (Bangkok Post, 21.6.2012)
Rio+20 has been a success on one front – rejecting a WEO - The idea to set up a World Environment Organisation was a popular, sexy one – but it would have been a big step back (The Guardian, 21.6.2012)
Sustainable development: Rio deal document addresses concerns, say Indian Officials – Indian officials say the agreement that will be ratified by government leaders at the Rio 20+ conference on sustainable development on Friday addresses their major concerns even as NGOs stepped up their opposition to the final text, saying it contained no specific commitments and no timetables (The Economic Times, 21.6.2012).
The Rio+20 Summit – India is one of 190 countries participating in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In pictures (The Wall Street Journal, 21.6.2012).
Wen makes strong Rio vows - Premier Wen Jiabao makes a speech Wednesday on the opening day of a “high-level segment” of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (China Daily, 21.6.2012).
Rio+20: Progress on Earth issues ‘too slow’ – UN chief – The UN sustainable development summit in Rio de Janeiro has formally opened with a warning from UN head Ban Ki-moon that progress on the issue is too slow (BBC, 20.6.2012).
UN’s Ban Urges Action on Rio+20 Sustainability Goals – The world’s economic model is “broken,” and countries must look beyond their own interests to implement more sustainable policies, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said (Bloomberg, 20.6.2012).
Big UN environmental summit opens in Rio, 193 nations meeting for talks – A U.N. conference on the environment has opened in Rio de Janeiro, where 193 countries are participating. The global body says it’s the biggest meeting it has ever organized. (The Washington Post, 20.6.2012)
Rio+20 agree to ‘sustainable development goals says, Caroline Spelman – The world has agreed to a set of new ‘sustainable development goals’, according to Caroline Spelman, the UK’s Environment Secretary. (The Telegraph, 20.6.2012)
Rio+20 Earth summit: pressure for deal – but will leaders hold their nerve? - Conference billed as a ‘once in a generation’ opportunity for global sustainability expected to end with a whimper not a bang (The Guardian, 20.6.2012)
Diplomats agree on “weak” text for Rio+20 summit – Diplomats from over 190 countries agreed on a draft text on green global development on Tuesday to be approved this week at a summit in Rio de Janeiro, but environmentalists complained the agreement was too weak (Swissinfo, 20.6.2012)
Rio summit draft ‘fails’, say green groups - Green groups said the latest draft of a deal between world leaders to tackle environmental problems is a “colossal failure of leadership” (Herald Sun, 20.6.2012).
The Rio Earth Summit: is it destined to fail the world? - The environmental problems facing the world are growing critical, so why is so little expected from the Rio summit? (The Telegraph, 19.6.2012)
Rio+20: Agreement reached, say diplomats – Negotiators have agreed a text to be approved by world leaders meeting this week in Rio to consider the worsening state of the global environment (BBC, 19.6.2012).
Rio+20: Earth summit dawns with stormier clouds than in 1992 – John Vidal, who was in Rio for the ’92 Earth summit, looks back at that momentous event, and how the 2012 version compares (The Guardian, 19.6.2012).
Rio+20: anger and dismay at weakened draft agreement – Hours before world leaders arrive at summit, green groups says text contains almost no decisive timetables or commitments (The Guardian, 19.6.2012).
Rio+20 ‘Future we Want’ draft text – exclusive copy of the document – The final draft text that will be presented to world leaders as they arrive at the Rio+20 sustainable development conference (The Guardian, 19.6.2012).
Rio+20: Expert panel’s call to ‘seize moment’ – Governments must seize the “historic opportunity” of the Rio+20 summit to put the world on a new sustainable course, says a panel of Nobel laureates, ministers and scientists (BBC, 19.6.2012).
Wrangles, skepticism cast pall over Rio+20 summit – World leaders were to begin arriving in Rio on Tuesday on the eve of a summit intended to forge a pact for a greener planet where billions are lifted out of poverty (The Times of India, 19.6.2012).
Rio Isn’t All Lost – In June 1992, world leaders, including President George Bush, agreed to combat climate change at the Earth Summit meeting in Rio de Janeiro. This week, at “Rio+20,” leaders, experts and activists will once more gather to ponder the fate of the planet (New York Times, 18.6.2012).
Rio+20 negotiators accused of strong-arm tactics – Delegates considering blocking proposed text because of its lack of ambition and ‘aggressive’ tactics employed by Brazil (The Guardian, 18.6.2012).
Call to governments to prepare for Rio+20 - The world has changed dramatically since the first Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Back then investors simply did not have a seat at the table, and corporate performance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues was seen as either a compliance or ethical issue, and certainly not material to investors (The Financial Times, 17.6.2012).
Rio de Janeiro: Corporate giants pledge to go green – UN’s biggest ever global-business event – the Rio+20 forum – sees 1,200 executives make commitments on more ethical, greener ways to work (The Independent, 17.6.2012).
Hope fades for benefits from Rio+20 Earth Summit – Weaknesses of small states in dealing with global environmental issues that mortally affect them have become very evident in the pre-conference negotiations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development being held in Rio in Brazil, June 20-23 (Jamaica Oberserver, 17.6.2012).
Social scientists push for new UN structure at Rio+20 – The Rio+20 conference will be presented with a demand by leading social scientists from around the world for a new organisation aimed at better integrating sustainable development into United Nations structures, in a move as radical as the international governance reforms that followed World War II (University World News, 17.6.2012).
AfDB at Rio+20: smoothing way to green and thriving Africa – The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is at Rio+20 to voice Africa’s agenda until 22 June, with fellow African institutions such as the African Union Commission and the UN Economic Commission for Africa and many leaders from across the continent. The theme for Rio+20 is “The Future We Want.” Africa cannot afford to miss this opportunity to push for the future it wants with a development agenda that matches its aspirations (African Brains, 16.6.2012).
Rio+20 summit: Final statement far from ready, says UN official – A top United Nations official says the final statement for the organization’s largest-ever conference is far from ready (The Economic Times, 16.6.2012)
Rio+20 summit: Business leaders to back sustainable development – More than 2,000 corporate leaders from around the world are set to embrace sustainable development at an upcoming forum here on the sidelines of the UN Rio+20 conference (The Economic Times, 15.6.20102).
Rio+20 Earth summit: walkout at ‘green economy’ talks – Negotiators from developing countries insist wealthy nations must help fund their move to sustainable development (The Guardian, 15.6.2012).
Giant UN conference opens in Rio de Janeiro – The United Nations’ largest-ever conference has kicked off in Rio de Janeiro. The Rio+20 conference on sustainable development is expected to draw some 50,000 participants including delegates, environmental activists, business leaders and indigenous groups (Bloomberg, 15.6.2012).
Rio +20: Royal Society call for free access to reproductive health services despite protests from Vatican – The world’s 105 science academies, including the Royal Society, have warned international leaders that a failure to act now on population growth and over-consumption will have “potentially catastrophic implications for human wellbeing” (The Telegraph, 15.6.2012).
Experts lament poor ocean progress in 20 years at Rio 20 summit - World governments have made little progress in the past 20 years when it comes to their pledges to protect marine life and reduce overfishing, experts said on Thursday (The Economic Times, 15.6.2012).
Social movements to stage Rio+20 counter-summit – Social movements will voice their discontent at what they see as capitalist attempts to hijack a proposed green economy when they meet here this week in a counterpoint to the Rio+20 summit on sustainable development (The Economic Times, 14.6.2012).
Giant U.N. conference opens in Rio de Janeiro – The United Nations’ largest-ever conference has kicked off in Rio de Janeiro (USA Today, 14.6.2012).
Rio+20 Earth summit: scientists call for action on population – Joint report by 105 institutions urges negotiators to drop political inhibitions and confront rising global population and consumption (The Guardian, 14.6.2012).
Rio+20 Earth summit: EU to fight until ‘very last moment’ – The EU will fight to the last for credible commitments at the Rio+20 Earth summit but it will be “very very difficult”, the bloc’s environment commissioner Janez Potocnik said on Wednesday (The Economic Times, 14.6.2012).
Brazil president opens Rio+20 summit with call to act – The UN Conference on Sustainable Development opened on Wednesday, launching a new round of debate on the future of the planet, its resources and people, 20 years after the first Earth Summit (The Economic Times, 14.6.2012).
Rio+20 a chance to engage smallholder farms in sustainable agriculture - Ifad’s Kanayo Nwanze wants Rio+20 to put smallholder farmers at the centre of the agriculture debate (The Guardian, 13.6.2012).
Barack Obama skips Rio+20 Earth summit - Hillary Clinton to go instead, disappointing campaigners who hoped president would add impetus to sluggish talks (The Guardian, 13.6.2012).
Nations at odds on Rio+20 earth summit - The final round of negotiations leading up to next week’s Rio+20 summit begins on Wednesday with countries very much at odds on key issues (BBC, 12.6.2012)
Rio+20 conference’s search for green solutions hampered by deep divisions - Expectations for action are low despite UN assessment that the world’s environment is declining rapidly (The Guardian, 12.6.2012).
Will Rio+20 Advance Sustainable Development? - Expectations are high for Rio+20, but the outcomes are likely to be very different from the first Rio conference twenty years ago (Forbes, 12.6.2012).
A Global Dialogue on Sustainability: Rio+20 Kicks Off This Week - For the next two weeks, the city of Rio de Janeiro will host a truly global dialogue on sustainability (Forbes, 11.6.2012).
David Cameron criticised for skipping Rio+20 Earth summit – PM sending wrong signal that sustainable development is not a priority for UK, say environment groups (The Guardian, 11.6.2012).
The High Stakes of Rio+20 – With just weeks to go before the Rio+20 Earth Summit, many are speculating about how many world leaders will show up and what kind of agreements they might reach on the key agenda items: creating a “green economy” and establishing an “international framework for sustainable development” (Project Syndicate, 11.6.2012).
Media Hypes UN Fear-mongering Before Rio+20 Sustainability Summit – As governments and dictators around the world prepare for the upcoming “Rio+20” United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, the establishment press is hyping — rather than questioning — a dubious new UN report claiming that humanity’s failure to adopt so-called “sustainability” schemes threatens the Earth (New American, 11.6.2012).
Rio+20 Summit: No progress in climate change goals, says UNEP – Noting that development should not be at the expense of environment, the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5) has held that while there is considerable success in ozone layer replacement, little progress has been made in stemming climate change (The Economic Times, 8.6.2012).
Rio +20 – a chance for complete renewal - Ahead of the Rio +20 summit, New Europe spoke to Corrado Clini, Italy’s environment minister about the gathering and green taxes (New Europe, 8.6.2012).
Rio Earth summit nears as scientists warn planet faces grave threats – As thousands of people prepare to convene in Brazil this month for the Rio+20 Earth Summit, scientists and environmentalists alike are sending a sharp message: The planet is in dire straits (The Washington Post, 6.6.2012).
What are the Swiss expectations for the Rio +20 event? – Interview of the brazilian news agency ABRA with Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard (special edition of the city of Rio de Janeiro’s magazine, 1.6.2012).
More green economy, less poverty – Article by Ambassador Franz Xaver Perrez, Head of the Swiss delegation at the Rio+20 Conference (special edition of the city of Rio de Janeiro’s magazine, 1.6.2012).