What to Read – A “Rio+20” anthology

29/05/2012 at 11:21 am 4 comments

The 1992 Rio summit on “Sustainable Development” was a seminal event: Inspired by the Brundtland report, world leaders recognised that – in a world of finite resources – economic development had to go hand-in-hand with social progress and protecting the environment.

It can be argued (as does this article) that in the past two decades, the idea of sustainable development has revolutionised the thinking of millions. The understanding of our shared responsibility helped lead to 189 world leaders agreeing to the millennium declaration in 2000, which paved the way to the millennium development goals.

In June 2012, world leaders meet again in Rio, twenty years later, to take stock of progress made, and to set new targets for a sustainable shared future for all.

Rio+20 will focus on two specific themes:

1) Developing a green economy in the context of poverty eradication and sustainable development, and

2) Establishing an institutional framework for sustainable development.

In this blog post, we have gathered articles and materials to provide a sense of the key issues, and key view points, ahead of the summit. We have grouped them as follows:

(If you prefer, you can access all documents through Pearltrees in stead)

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1) What is “Sustainable Development”?

2) What is “Rio+20”?

3) Ireland and “Sustainable Development”

4) Dóchas on “Rio+20” and Climate Change

5) The “Green Economy” & the value of Nature

6) Themes

7) A new global agenda for “Development” / Beyond 2015

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