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Rio+20 Publications

In order to contribute to the discussions leading to Rio+20, UNU-IAS will be sharing research and commentary related to the two main themes of a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty alleviation, and the institutional framework for sustainable development, as well as the sub-themes also to be discussed at the conference.


Green Economy and Good Governance for Sustainable Development: Opportunities, Promises and Concerns
Edited by Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira

Much of the debate on green growth and environmental governance tends to be general in nature, and is often conceptual or limited to single disciplines. Even though recent discussions on these topics have benefited from the accumulation of empirical and theoretical knowledge over the last few decades, these discussions have not produced the kind of conceptual novelty and tools necessary to place the notion of a green economy within mainstream political, social and economic agendas. Furthermore, discussions on governance remain mostly in the international sphere with merely tenuous talk on governance at the national and sub-national levels — the levels at which implementation is key. The contributors to this book present the gap that can emerge between intentions and results when green initiatives are put into practice, and highlight the lack of discussion on important topics such as equity. This book includes in-depth discussion on and analysis of specific issues, such as oceans, cities and biodiversity, in order to bring forth solutions that are politically legitimate, socially acceptable and economically viable.

Green Economy and Good Governance for Sustainable Development
takes stock of the achievements and obstacles towards sustainability over the last 20 years, and proposes new ideas and changes to create a more sustainable future. Students, academics and professionals interested in understanding the potential and limitations of the discussions on a green economy and good governance in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication are recommended to read this book.

Available from
UNU Press in June 2012.

See Rio+20 Discussion Themes for further details.


UNU Rio+20 Series

Check for institutional reform towards green economy
by Volker Mauerhofer and Felister Nyacuru

Revitalising socio-ecological production landscapes
by Robert Blasiak and Kaoru Ichikawa

Green economy and growth: Fiddling while Rome burns?
by Manu V. Mathai 

New visions of sustainable development governance
by Norichika Kanie, Ruben Zondervan and Michele Betsill
Rio+20 related Publications

Rio+20: What Comes Next?

PAD Special Issue: Public Administration and Sustainability


The Green Economy at 40


Rio+20: What Will Come of It?

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

Navigating the Anthropocene: Improving Earth System Governance

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