Archive for June, 2012

Call for Papers: International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability

Jun 26, 2012 2 Comments by

The International Advisory Board is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Ninth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability and the call for submissions to the peer-reviewed International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability.  The Sustainability Conference will be held 23 – 25 January 2013 at the International Conference Center Hiroshima, Hiroshima, Japan. The [...]

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Rio+20 Response: Follow through is the key to a successful Rio+20

Jun 25, 2012 No Comments by

Twenty years ago, the Rio conference (the Earth Summit) was a breakthrough on the path to sustainable development; after the outcome of Rio+20, the key is follow through. Measured against the urgent need to address a mounting global crisis, there were no breakthroughs at Rio+20. To be sure, there was deep public disappointment that the hundred [...]

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Rio+20 Response: ‘How We Let Her Future Die’ – a Rio+20 Song

Jun 22, 2012 No Comments by

Preface: This song was written in the space of 24 hours during the pre-conference negotiations after the PrepComm. Both logistically and substantively, negotiations were very much bogged down, creating a palpable air of frustration and hopelessness at RioCentro. These words were an attempt to channel and capture that negative emotion. Now, at the end of [...]

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Cities sign new local strategies to address climate change

Jun 21, 2012 No Comments by

During the preliminary meetings at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development international networks presented their initiatives at the local level. As part of this, the Mayors of the Cities Climate Leadership Group, C40 cities, announced new initiatives to promote sustainable development at the urban level, creating new ecological paths for cities. At the event, [...]

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Test before you crash: sustainability impact assessments to make Rio+20 deliver

Jun 21, 2012 No Comments by

Guest Blogger: Louis Meuleman (senior fellow, Center for Governance and Sustainability, University of Massachusetts Boston) When we buy a product, we expect that it was tested thoroughly on possible health impacts or risks before it arrived in the shop. Similarly, we probably also expect that government decisions are tested beforehand, as they can result in [...]

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Governments agree on outcome document from Rio+20

Jun 20, 2012 No Comments by

Member States announced yesterday (June 19th, 2012) an agreement on the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20. The conference’s Secretary General, Sha Zukang, announced this result after what he called “intensive and prolonged negotiations,” recognizing that the document is a “‘compromise text’ in which countries have had to both give [...]

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