RIO+20 – Earth Summit 2012 – Where do we begin? (rio+20 brief 1)

RIO+20 – Earth Summit 2012

United Nations Conference on  Sustainable Development

The week of the conference has finally arrived and there are many preparation meetings, some threats if decisions are not made,and everyone living in hope.

From the conference web site

Why is the conference so important?

The objective of the Conference is to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and address new and emerging challenges

The Conference will focus on two themes: (a) a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and (b) theinstitutional framework for sustainable development.

However look at the areas of concern within these broad themes:

If you want to get up to date on the conference there are a range of documents on the site, such as :

 Chair?s Summary: National and Subregional Activities and Processes in Preparation of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) 1.  (Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP))

and

 A/66/302 Report of the Secretary-General Harmony with Nature
[Arabic] [Chinese] [English] [French] [Russian] [Spanish]
The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 64/196, in which the Assembly invited Member States, the United Nations system, and other stakeholders to transmit to the Secretary-General their views, experiences and proposals on promoting life in harmony with nature. The Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit a report on the subject to it at its sixty-fifth session. Drawing on the inputs received, the present report addresses how sustainable development approaches and initiatives have allowed communities gradually to reconnect with the Earth. Concrete recommendations are provided to facilitate further consideration of the theme by Member States.

There are a range of issue briefs such as :


There are also journal documents:
There is also information on learning courses -an example is shown below:
One Planet Living: a practical framework for achieving sustainable consumption and production

BioRegional Development Group
We are consuming too many resources on the planet globally while many do not have enough. If everyone in the world lived the global middle class lifestyle that everyone aspires to, then we would need three planets to support us. That?s why we need One Planet Living, a positive, appealing and easy to understand vision of a world in which we live happy, healthy lives within the natural limits of the planet, wherever we live in the world, and leave sufficient space for wildlife and wilderness.

This is a people centred approach based on equity, ecological and carbon footprint, clean production and ten principles for achieving sustainability:

1. Zero carbon
2. Zero waste
3. Sustainable transport
4. Sustainable materials
5. Local and sustainable food
6. Sustainable water
7. Land and wildlife
8. Culture and heritage
9. Equity and local economy
10. Health and happiness

10 One Planet Living principles

This session will provide basic training so that participants will be able to use the One Planet Living framework at different scales and be supported by an on-line knowledge sharing network, One Planet Open Source.

So if you are interested in the conference -a good starting point is the website
More tomorrow…..

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