This is Part 17 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.
Partnerships will follow the Rio+20 conference with some clear thematic focuses and guidance about how these partnerships should develop. That leads me to an editorial today in The Hindu’s Business Line today by Shailly Kedia and Supriya Francis. They use UN Commission on Sustainable Development Partnership data to create this chart:
I really like this chart because it shows us where the impacts of the Rio+0 and Johannesburg Conferences have been: global regional, transnational, and national level account for 98.6% of all partnerships. The Big conferences in Brazil and South Africa have been effective at spurring action and creating sustainable development partnerships at the national and higher level. But, local efforts have been particularly absent.
One way to evaluate the effectiveness of the Rio+20 negotiations, process, and impact is to see how this changes. This chart, great job by Kedia and Francis, provides an outstanding baseline for progress to be charted in the coming years.