Rio+20 concludes, now the work begins!

The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or “Rio+20”) opened 20 June 2012, gathering 191 UN Member States and observers, including 79 Heads of State and government, about 10,000 representatives of Major Groups, and more than 30,000 other participants (parliamentarians, mayors, UN officials, chief executive officers, etc). Its outcome document – entitled “The Future We Want” – was already informally agreed upon by Member States on 19 June – after intensive informal negotiations – but was officially endorsed and adopted by Heads of (...) [More...]

The World Summit of Federated States and Regions calls for greater recognition of the local level

The World Summit of Federated States and Regions took place on 19 June in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, bringing together more than 110 representatives of subnational entities from across the globe to showcase the mobilization of federated States, regions, provinces and other subnational authorities around the issues of a green economy and sustainable development. Organized by the host State of Rio de Janeiro, in partnership with Regions-United/FOGAR, the network of regional governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD), and the Climate (...) [More...]

Women and Climate Change

Engagement and advocacy by civil society organizations, both during the official Conference and its lead-up process, centred on, among other themes, the relationships between climate change and women’s empowerment. Held at the off-site official venue, the Arena da Barra, three side events in particular theorized, brainstormed, and shared knowledge around the interlinkages of ecology, economy and the struggle for women’s rights and gender (...) [More...]


UNEP, UN-DESA, GEC, SF host planning conference on stakeholder engagement for post-Rio and post-2015

From 20-21 October, at Pace University in New York City, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), and civil society organizations Green Economy Coalition and Stakeholder Forum held an event entitled “Post-Rio to Post-2015: (...) [More...]


Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) urges Heads of State and government attending the Rio+20 Conference to consider the views and proposals of civil society, and to incorporate key issues such as equity, ecological sustainability, and respect for universal human rights, including gender (...) [More...]

Civil society calls for Sustainable Energy for All initiative in Rio to be more ambitious, accountable and people-driven

In a statement released on 18 June, civil society organizations are calling for the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiative to become more ambitious, accountable and people-driven. [More...]