September brings a change in seasons, which are always good times to pause and reflect on progress made and what lies on the road ahead. Given that this is The Road to Rio
, it is worth spending a moment to take stock and to identify important markers ahead.
Since June, a number of meetings have taken place, whether at the regional, sub-regional level or global level, that will help shape the preparatory process leading into Rio+20.
On 20 July, the Security Council held a day-long open debate on the impact of climate change on the maintenance of international peace and security – the second time since the issue was first debated in April 2007. Over 65 Member States took the floor, examining the role the Council could play in international efforts to address climate change, as well as the implications of climate change in terms of insecurity and conflict.
From 3-5 September, over 1,500 participants from civil society, international organizations, governments and other actors met in Bonn, Germany, for the 64th DPI/NGO Conference to gather fresh ideas and proposals for the upcoming negotiations on the agenda of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).
On the theme “Making Trade and Finance Work for People and the Planet,” UNCTAD’s third Public Symposium organized with NGLS was an opportunity to bridge discussions on preparations for Rio+20 and ongoing debates on financial, monetary and trade reforms in the wake of the global economic crisis triggered in 2008.
In this interview, NGLS speaks with Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Executive Secretary for UNECE, about his experience in Rio in 1992 during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.
The Missing Pillar: How Governments Can Scale Responsible Business Innovations to Achieve Sustainable Economic Governance
By working together, non-governmental organizations and businesses have made some strides towards sustainable development, but as Jem Bendell explains, at Rio+20 governments need to join them.