Posted in May 2012

Rio+20 Countdown: What are Sustainable Development Goals? Why Are they Important?

This is Part 10 of a series of blog posts leading up to the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 20-22.  The full series is available here. ————————————————————————————————————————————— What are Sustainable Development Goals? As the Rio+20 global sustainable development conference approaches, negotiations have seen some serious blockages, some disputes about … Continue reading

Rio+20 Countdown: The Return of the North-South Divide

This is Part 9 of a series of blog posts leading up to the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 20-22.  The full series is available here. ————————————————————————————————————————————— The resumption of informal negotiations between states in the lead-up to Rio+20 started yesterday (May 29, 2012).  The stage is set for … Continue reading

Rio+20 Countdown: Brundtland and Cardoso Make Plea for Progress

This is Part 8 of a series of blog posts leading up to the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 20-22.  The full series is available here. ——————————————————————————————————————————— The plan was to start discussing the Sustainable Development Goals today, right before final informal negotiations are to begin (Update: The SDG … Continue reading

Rio+20 Countdown: Civil Society Can Choose Recognition or Responsibility

This is Part 7 of a series of blog posts leading up to the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 20-22.  The full series is available here. ————————————————————————————————————————————— At Rio+20 Conference, civil society, nongovermental organizations, ecoprotesters can choose recognition or responsibility….but for the post Rio+20 agenda to work they will … Continue reading

Rio+20 Countdown: News Round-up May 19-May 25

This is Part 6 of a series of blog posts leading up to the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 20-22.  The full series is available here. —————————————————————————————————————————————– To keep the Countdown up to date, I’ll include a news round-up every Friday. Informal preparatory negotiations appear to be largely stalled … Continue reading

Rio+20 Countdown: Every issue or just a few?

This is Part 5 of a series of blog posts leading up to the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 20-22.  The full series is available here. —————————————————————————————————————————————— Anyone who has run any meeting of any size knows that there are two broad ways of doing things: Everything and the … Continue reading

Rio+20 Countdown: Do we have the right institutions to go small?

This is Part 4 of a series of blog posts leading up to the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 20-22.  The full series is available here. ——————————————————————————————————————————————- Without a treaty for countries to sign, with the current political climate, with daunting environmental and poverty challenges, the Rio+20 Conference is … Continue reading

Rio+20 Countdown: President Obama Should Attend the Rio+20 Summit

This is Part 3 of a series of blog posts leading up to the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 20-22.  The full series is available here. ——————————————————————————————————————————————- A host of NGOs, Facebook groups, and analysts have been calling on Obama to attend the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development.  President … Continue reading

Rio+20 Countdown: When do Big Environmental Conferences work?

This is Part 2 of a series of blog posts leading up to the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 20-22.  The full series is available here. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— As was discussed in Part 1 of this Countdown Series, the original Rio conference was a Big conference.  Two treaties were on … Continue reading

Rio+20 Countdown: Can we win big, by going small?

This is Part 1 of a series of blog posts leading up to the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on June 20-22.  The full series is available here. —————————————————————————————————————————– On June 20, 2012, one month from now, representatives from every country will convene in Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations … Continue reading