Agenda-21-Rio-principles-Synthesis_Web-125 The UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), a division of the UN Department of Economics and Social Affairs (UNDESA) has produced a study on the review of the implementation of two of the major outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) held in Rio in 1992; the Rio Declaration and Agenda 21. The study is part of a broader project, Sustainable Development in the 21st Century (SD21), whose objective is to provide a long-term vision for sustainable development based on the development since the Earth Summit. READ REPORT

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Initiative is a partnership between the United Nations and global investors with the goal of promoting and mainstreaming responsible investment practice. Launched in 2006 by UNEP Finance Initiative and the UN Global Compact, the PRI Initiative has become the leading network for investors to learn and collaborate to fulfil their commitments to responsible ownership and long-term, sustainable returns. Pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign and development funds, investment managers and service providers make up the PRI network. Our goal is to grow investor interest in environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues, share best practice and support signatories in their fulfilment of the six PRI Principles.

Read more: UNPRI Financing Sustainable Development

com_2011_363_en-1The European Union consultation of stakeholders for a planned European Commission Communication for Rio+20 has now been released.

The objective of the consultation was to produce a Communication setting out the EU's views on objectives and possible concrete deliverables for UNCSD, as a basis for further dialogue with the EU institutions, civil society and other interested actors, including third countries.


To view the outcome document of the consultation click here.

A collection of some responses to the consultation can be found here.



The latest edition of the United Nations Environment Programme's magazine "Our Planet" is a special feature edition celebrating 40 years of UNEP and looking forward to Rio+20. The magazine includes articles from Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Coordinator for Rio+20 and Stakeholder Forum's Felix Dodds on the upcoming book "Only One Earth".

Read more: UNEP's "Our Planet" Magazine, special Rio+20 Edition


The United Nations Environment Programme has published its latest edition of the compreshensive Global Environment Outlook report, the last report (GEO-4) having been published in 2007. This Summary for Policy Makers highlights the findings of the fifth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-5) report and was prepared by the UNEP Secretariart with guidance from members of the GEO-5 High-level Intergovernmental Advisory Panel.


Read more: UNEP publishes GEO-5 Report

UNCTAD-road-to-rio-1The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released a report titled ‘The Road to Rio+20’.

The report covers a wide range of sustainable development governance issues including the transition to a Green Economy, supported with a case study outlining Morocco’s experiences in this regard.

The full report can be accessed here.

Peoples' Sustainability Treaties are proposed as a series of independent collective agreements produced by representatives of major groups and stakeholders of civil society, with the intention of being drafted and published prior to the official UNCSD2012. They are planned as the alternative content outcome by civil society to reflect the public interest and aspirations of a sustainable world, and will serve as collection of proposals for governments negotiating for official outcomes at the Summit.

Read more: UNEP: Peoples' Sustainability Treaties

A_New_Growth_Path_for_Europe__Synthesis_Report-1-1A study commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, on generating prosperity and jobs in the low-carbon economy has been published.

The report emphasises that it is ‘time for boldness', explaining that post-crisis Europe can revitalize its economy by tackling the climate challenge. Through raising the European climate target from 20% to 30%, it states emissions reductions can open the way towards higher growth and increased employment.

To read the full report, click here.

In the past four years, multiple crises – financial, economic, food, energy – have caused governments and other bodies to look more critically at systemic and structural issues related to national and global economies. Responses include a revived debate on the meaning of economic growth and the necessary measures to more effectively and broadly improve the quality of life of citizens. Civil society and the private sector alike are eager to be involved in this debate and in public decision-making.

Read more: UN Report: Working towards a Balanced and Inclusive Green Economy