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Rio+20 ― the future we want
In 1992, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), known as the Earth Summit, was held in Rio de Janeiro, bringing together international policymakers and experts to deliberate on the impacts of human activity on the environment, as well as on broader socio-economic challenges. The 1992 Earth Summit recognized that integrating environmental protection into local, national and international policies and plans was indispensible to confronting international human security issues, including underdevelopment and poverty. Twenty years later, government leaders, participants from the private sector, NGOs and other stakeholders are once again assembling in Brazil this year to reconfirm international commitment to sustainable development for environmental, economic and social well-being. The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), or Rio+20, will be convened in Rio de Janeiro from 20 to 22 June 2012, with various related events and publications preceding the official discussions. The two main themes to be discussed at Rio+20 are the path to a green economy to achieve sustainable development while eradicating poverty, and the improvement in international co-ordination for sustainable development.

UNU-IAS and Rio+20
As a think-tank specializing in sustainable development, UNU-IAS will be looking at the transition to a green economy with particular emphasis on poverty alleviation and job creation through sustainable green industries, and the institutional framework for sustainable development with a focus on governance issues. In addition to these two areas, UNU-IAS will also produce books, articles and policy documents related to the conference’s other relevant topics.

The Institute’s main contribution to Rio+20 will be Green Economy and Good Governance for Sustainable Development: Opportunities, Promises and Concerns, a book covering the conference’s two core themes with input from various UNU-IAS programmes, as well as partners in other UN University institutes and programmes. UNU-IAS also plans to hold events and release other publications based on Rio+20 themes in which the Institute specializes.

Read more about UNU-IAS’s input to UNCSD
here .




13 June 2012: Publication launch: Weathering Uncertainty

15 June 2012: Multistakeholder Learning towards Green Society

16 June 2012: BiodiverCITY: How to Take Biodiversity into Account in Urban Management?

18 June 2012: The Satoyama Initiative and the Green Economy

18 June 2012: Aiming Higher, Unlocking Tertiary Education's Potential

18 June 2012: Public Administration and Rio+20

21 June 2012: Scaling-up and Mainstreaming Sustainable Development

24–25 July 2012: ISAP 2012
The Satoyama Initiative and the Green Economy

RIO+20: Indian researcher says Japan is lagging on energy efficiency

Japan representatives won't enter Rio+20 empty-handed

UNCRD - UNU-IAS Public Symposium on Rio+20 Meeting Report

UNU-IAS input to Rio+20

Call for Papers: Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference 2013

Rio+20: What Comes Next? 26 June 2012

PAD Special Issue: Public Administration and Sustainability

The Green Economy at 40
19 June 2012

Rio+20: What Will Come of It?
17 June 2012

Weathering Uncertainty: Traditional Knowledge for Climate Change Assessment and Adaptation

Socio-ecological Production Landscapes: Relevance to the Green Economy Agenda

Governance Challenges for Greening the Urban Economy: Understanding and Assessing the Links between Governance and Green Economy in Cities

Case studies Towards Sustainable Livelihoods and Consumption & Production Through ESD

Checks for institutional reform towards green economy
31 May 2012

Navigating the Anthropocene: Improving Earth System Governance
 15 March 2012

Revitalising socio-ecological production landscapes
30 January 2012

Green economy and growth: Fiddling while Rome burns? 24 January 2012

New visions of sustainable development governance 15 December 2011

Towards a Charter Moment—Hakone Vision on Governance for Sustainability in the 21st Century 29 September 2011


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