Resources - Rio+20

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The politics of green transformations

The politics of green transformations solar panels

There are growing calls for green transformations. This book explores what this means in practice and who will push it forward. “Transformations are inevitably multiple and contested” and so “politics and power are important to how pathways are shaped, which pathways win out and why, and who benefits from them”

The Green Shock Doctrine (GJEP)

(Global Justice Ecology Project)

This report strongly criticises the green economy arguing it is a false solution to address climate change. GJEP say it is too late to simply reform the global economy. It needs to be transformed.

Green Economy Report (UNEP)

UNEP Green Economy Report

United Nations Environment Programme / 2011 This landmark report published by the UNEP in 2011 went a long way to putting the concept of the green economy on the international agenda ahead of the Rio+20 conference in 2012. Read report The Green Economy Report argues the reason why there […]

Tests of success for the SDGs (Stakeholder Forum)

Stakeholder Forum SDGs

The mandate to develop Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was one of the main outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) held in Rio in June 2012. A new tool called the Tests of Success for the SDGs has been developed by Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable to support governments and other stakeholders to create and choose ambitious and effective sustainable development goals (SDGs) and targets, which fulfil the commitments made by world leaders at Rio+20.

The politics of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

(Artbymags, creative commons)

What are the key debates at the heart of the process to agree on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Key areas of contention include how to interpret the universal nature of the SDGs and who will fund their implementation. This page provides links to selected reports and analysis that are useful in navigating through the key debates on the SDGs.

The Green Economy: the Wolf in Sheep’s clothing (Edgardo Lander)

TNI The Green Economy. The Wolf in Sheep’s clothing

 Transnational Institute (TNI) / November 2011 Venezuelan academic Edgardo Lander critiques the proposal for a green economy put forward by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) which he says is the key reference document being used by almost all other multilateral bodies. He concludes the […]

Green Economy – The time to act is now (UNEP)

(UNEP green economy)

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) / November 2011 Ahead of the UN conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) held in 2012 representatives from UNEP, academics and business leaders talk about the urgency of a transition to a green economy. Achim Steiner (United Nations Environment Programme Executive […]

Declaration of the People’s Summit at Rio+20

People's Summit at Rio+20

Civil Society People’s Summit / Rio de Janeiro / June 2012 Final Declaration of the People’s Summit at Rio+20 for Social and Environmental Justice in Defense of the Commons, against the Commodification of Life.   Key paragraphs of the civil society statement include: Social and […]

The Future We Want: Rio+20 decision text

Rio+20 conference (Dario Kenner)

United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development / Rio de Janeiro / June 2012 This is the official text of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development held in Rio in June 2012. It was called Rio+20 because it was held 20 years after the 1992 Rio […]

Reclaim the UN from corporate capture (Friends of the Earth Int)

Reclaim the UN from corporate capture

Friends of the Earth International / June 2012 Friends of the Earth released this report before the 2012 Rio+20 conference to draw attention to what it argues is the increasing influence of corporations over the United Nations system. Read report The report says companies are exerting […]

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