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14 Jun 2012 - Rio +20: A Global Stage

This week, the city of Rio de Janeiro will become a global stage, home to tens of thousands of people attending the UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

13 Jun 2012 - Event to launch the Transition to Sustainability: The Inclusive Wealth Report

The International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change hosted by the United Nations University (UNU-IHDP) is proud to announce the launch of its Inclusive Wealth Report 2012.

The Inclusive Wealth Report 2012 presents an index that measures the wealth of nations by carrying out a comprehensive analysis of a country’s productive base and its capital assets, including manufactured, human, and natural capital. The Inclusive Wealth Index (IWI) was developed based on the notion that indicators used in the past to measure human societies’ success have proven to be insufficient. Current indicators such as gross domestic product (GDP) and the Human Development Index (HDI) fail to reflect the state of natural resources or ecological conditions, and both focus exclusively on the short term, without indicating whether national policies are sustainable in the long term.

The IWI aims to address these shortcomings by incorporating variables overlooked by other metrics. The Inclusive Wealth Report 2012 presents a framework for policy-makers and planning authorities to monitor the development of a country’s human well-being over time. It shows if a country is on a sustainable track and can provide guidance on the road towards a Green Economy.

The Inclusive Wealth Report 2012 is a joint initiative of UNU-IHDP and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in collaboration with the UN-Water Decade Programme on Capacity Development (UNW-DPC) and the Natural Capital Project.

13 Jun 2012 - Publication launch: Weathering Uncertainty

A joint effort of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme, UNESCO and United Nations University

UNESCO and UNU are pleased to announce the


Weathering Uncertainty

Traditional Knowledge for Climate Change Assessment and Adaptation

In the run-up to Rio+20 and in the framework of the

UNESCO/ICSU Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development and its session on

‘Indigenous knowledge and science: from recognition to knowledge co-production.’

When: 13 June 2012 from 17:30-18:00 [open to the public]

Where: Pontifical Catholic, Rua Marquês São Vicente, 225, Gávea, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

13 Jun 2012 - Doctors for Rio+20!!!

Students of Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College, Kolar, India have organised a Health and Medical camp as their Voluntary commitment in support of Rio+20 on 13th June,2010. Over 1500 people were part of this huge health camp benefiting the families of miners in the region.


The Indigenous Peoples' International Conference on Sustainable Development and Self-Determination, 17 - 19 June at Museu da República, Rua do Catete 153, Catete, cep 22220 000, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

12 Jun 2012 - Video on Ethiopia's Journey since the 1992 Rio Conference

Video on Ethiopia's Journey since the 1992 Rio Conference

11 Jun 2012 - The Right to Water and Sanitation: The Challenge of Implementation

Ready to join the debate on human right to water and sanitation? Please join us at Rio+20 for a side event on
The human right to water and sanitation: the challenge of implementation
Time & venue
Friday 16 June 2012, 13:30 - 15:00
RioCentro room T-5

10 Jun 2012 - The pace of the talks still needs to be accelerated

Negotiators concluded on 2 June the last round of Rio+20 preparatory talks in New York on the Rio+20 Outcome Document, a round that had been added to give negotiators additional time to resolve differences before they arrive in Rio. "I sense a real dialogue-- a real willingness to find common ground," said Rio+20 Secretary-General Sha Zukang. "This spirit is encouraging, and we must carry it to Rio." But he added that the pace of the talks still needed to be accelerated in order to complete the negotiations by the end of the next and final Preparatory Committee meeting, from 13 to15 June in Rio de Janeiro, ahead of the Conference.

10 Jun 2012 - 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.

10 Jun 2012 - Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum (15-18 June) and Business Day (19 June)

The UN Global Compact will organize the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum: Innovation and Collaboration for the Future We Want from 15-18 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro. Held prior to the Conference and organized in cooperation with the Rio+20 Secretariat, the UN System and the Global Compact Local Network Brazil, the Forum's objective is to bring greater scale and quality to corporate sustainability practices. As a showcase for innovation and collaboration, the Forum is designed to be a launching ground for widespread action. Over 2,000 participants are expected at the Forum, representing business as well as investors, governments, local authorities, civil society and UN entities.

9 Jun 2012 - Brazilian Youth: Setting Sustainable Development Agenda

The Brazilian youth blast was a triumph. Youth from all over Brazil met to consult about their messages to the world in the area of Sustainable Development. You can find their messages here:

8 Jun 2012 - Brazilian Youth Consultations for Rio+20

The Youth Blast, co-organised by the Brazilian National Youth Secretary and the Major Group of Children and Youth, will result in a document that reflects the opinions of Brazilian young civil society and points to commitments that go beyond the Rio+20 conference. You can find out more here:

This event is open to all young people and is free. You do not need to register. It starts at 9am and ends at 6:15pm each day. The venue is SulAmerica and you can see more here:

8 Jun 2012 - Ban Ki-moon: "We want to make Rio+20 a conference of decisive impact and ambition"

Following are excerpts of a press conference by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Rio+20 on 6 June in New York:

"Rio+20 is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make real progress towards the sustainable economy of the future. It can help us to build a more equitable world ? a world of greater prosperity and inclusive, dynamic green growth for a healthy planet. I have been calling on Member States to show leadership. We want to make Rio+20 a conference of decisive impact and ambition. Progress was achieved on key issues during last week's negotiations... I saw willingness to find common ground. There is still much work ahead, however; the foundations are in place for agreement on the remainder of the negotiating text."

6 Jun 2012 - Outreach Magazine: News from the preparatory negotiations and a look at energy's role in a green economy

Today's edition gives an overview of the RIo+20 negotiations in New York and looks at energy's role in a green economy. The UN Secretary General?s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative is a prominent feature, with insights from the Co-Chair of the SE4ALL High Level Panel Kandeh Yumkella, Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development, and Susan Alzner, UN-NGLS. Other energy-related topics include universal access, the refrigeration industry and energy efficient solutions for the building sector.

6 Jun 2012 - Celebrities join UNDP video spot ahead of Rio+20

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched today a video spot ?The Future We Want? which uses voices of Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, French actor Lambert Wilson, Brazilian football star Marta Vieira da Silva and Italian actress Laura Morante, to explain what sustainable development is to mainstream audiences.

6 Jun 2012 - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges public to vote on ?The Future You Want?

Experts from more than 150 countries propose recommendations on how to move towards a sustainable future at

6 Jun 2012 - Rio+20 must result in ?concrete? decisions to advance sustainable development ? Ban

With just two weeks until the start of a major United Nations sustainable development conference, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged countries to step up efforts to achieve concrete decisions to reduce poverty while promoting decent jobs, clean energy and more sustainable and fair use of resources.

5 Jun 2012 - On the road to Rio+20: towards a Low Carbon Green Growth

UNCDF Asia-Pacific attends ESCAP publication launch focusing on Low Carbon Green Growth for policy makers

5 Jun 2012 - Ahead of summit, Ban urges G20 to focus on promoting sustainable economic growth

As the world?s leading economies prepare to meet later this month in Mexico, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need to find ways to stimulate the global economy and create jobs while ensuring inclusive green growth that drives sustainable development.

4 Jun 2012 - Biodiversity - The Life of the Green Economy

The First BioTrade Congress is organized on the occasion of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 Conference) during the Days of Dialogue on sustainable development. The Summit seeks to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, and one of the two issues considered is the role of the Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty alleviation.

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