Earth Summit in the Press

Print
PDF

Rio+20 summit asks our children: what environmental future do you want?

Panel including Leonardo DiCaprio, Linkin Park and Christiana Figueres to judge video competition for Rio+20 earth summit.

It's not often 12-year-old girls address world leaders at international summits. But that was just what happened two decades ago when Severn Suzuki admonished delegates at the original Rio Earth summit for failing to address the world's environmental and social problems:

Print
PDF

Achim Steiner: 'We haven't even begun to understand the damage we are bringing to bear on the sustainability of our planet'

Achim Steiner, the UN Environment Programme's boss, fears for our future. But it is not too late.

Print
PDF

Earth Debates Press Release

HOW CAN WE MEASURE PROGRESS?
EARTH DEBATES – FLAGSHIP EVENT SERIES IN PREPARATION OF RIO+20

edfullcolourwebLondon – 22nd February, 2012 – Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a universal measure of a country’s economic activity and output, yet it takes no account of the appreciation or deprecation of a country’s building infrastructure, or of the condition of its natural resources and the ecosystem services provided by the environment, such as crop pollination. Furthermore, GDP provides no measure of the health, wealth, or wellbeing of a country’s population, or how these are distributed across society.

Print
PDF

EU maps out support for Rio summit

European leaders in Brussels agree on bold agenda for sustainable growth and energy access in global south, but critics are wary of promises on aid funding.

Print
PDF

An interview with Felix Dodds, Executive Director of Stakeholder Forum

Felix Dodds is part of a number of advisory boards for Rio+20, including the global scientists conference in 2012 'Planet Under Pressure', the German Government sponsored conference 'Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus' in the Green Economy and the Government of Abu Dhabi sponsored conference 'Eye on Earth Summit' framework committee and stakeholder advisory committee.
Print
PDF

UN 'needs greater integration between science and policy'

A report by a top-level political panel has endorsed calls for greater integration of science into all levels of policymaking on sustainable development.
Print
PDF

Brazil plans eco-summit move over Jubilee clash

The Brazilian government is likely to move the dates of Rio+20, as a clash with the UK Royal Jubilee threatens to keep leaders away.

Print
PDF

Financiers search for sustainable future

Finance experts gathered in Washington, DC this week to decide how the sector can contribute to creating a stable and sustainable economy.

The meeting, organised by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), was held in a conference centre across the road from where Occupy DC protesters were camped out, inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Print
PDF

Rio+20: An Opportunity to Secure a Sustainable Future

Earlier this year the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, said young people needed to be included in national delegations to UN meetings, including next year's increasingly crucial Rio+20 conference.