Discussion PaperWe, the representatives of the 9 Major Groups, call on the Heads of State and Government to ensure the Rio+20 Earth Summit is successful in achieving an ambitious and shared vision for the future of our people and planet.
Major Group publications
The Green Transition Scoreboard (GTS) is a time-based, global tracking of the private financial system for all sectors investing in green markets. This update of the GTS has found investments totaling more than $3.3 trillion in the green economy since 2007, with Asia, Europe and Latin America catching up with the USA.This amount validates the many studies, computer models and reports proposing that investing $1 trillion annually until 2020 in material and energy efficiencies, wind, solar, geothermal and other renewable energy, sustainable land-use and forestry, smart infrastructure, transport, building and urban redesign will solidify the Green Transition worldwide. The updated 2012 report finding of over $3.3 trillion puts global investors and countries on track to reach $10 trillion in investments by 2020. As investment funds shift away from more speculative sectors such as hedge funds, private equity and commodity ETFs, as well as other fossilized sectors, and redeploy at least 10% of their portfolios directly in companies driving the global Green Transition, the $10 trillion by 2020.
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The European Farmers European Agri-Cooperatives (Copa-Cogeca) has published a declaration supporting Rio+20. Copa-Cogeca believes green growth is central to improve sustainable development.
Scientists issued the first “State of the Planet” declaration at the world’s largest gathering of experts on global environmental and social issues in advance of the major UN Summit Rio+20 in June.
In one lifetime our increasingly interconnected and interdependent economic, social, cultural and political systems have come to place pressures on the environment that may cause fundamental changes in the Earth system and move us beyond safe natural boundaries. But the same interconnectedness provides the potential for solutions: new ideas can form and spread quickly, creating the momentum for the major transformation required for a truly sustainable planet.
A report by David Woolcombe, President of Peace Child on the March 15-18th UNDP / UN-HABITAT meeting in Nairobi, Kenya. Mr. Woolcombe provides a summary of the meeting outcomes and how it relates to the youth agenda.
As a contribution to the Rio+20 process this Issue Brief highlights resilience and sustainable development by drawing on the knowledge on natural hazards and disasters gained from governments, researchers and other stakeholders.
Given our understanding of climate change and the effects it has on the environment and society, alongside ongoing environmental degradation and the realisation that disaster-related damage is rising as a by-product of development, it is important for the significance of resilience to be fully realized at all levels, both for sustainable development and within the context of the Rio+20 process.
This brief, which addresses issues surrounding the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) proposed by Columbia, Guatemala, and Peru during the Rio+20 processes, aims to remind policymakers and other stakeholders of the importance of reaching a solid outcome at Rio+20, as well as for the future. The following provides a summary of ongoing discussions and informal consultations concerning SDGs, and expounds on IGES’ views for a mandate and process for developing a set of universal SDGs.
Integrating the SDG processes and other initiatives into a single unified process would be highly advantageous as this would set out a clear post-2015 framework.