Rio+20 Preparatory Meetings

 

2 June 2012 UNCSD 3rd Informals Day 5: Energy

If we are to limit damage to the environment for future generations, the energy we use must be sustainable, safe, affordable and as clean as possible. - Andris Piebalgs, EU Commissioner for Development and Kandeh Yumkella Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organisation and Chair of UN-Energy

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1 June 2012 UNCSD 3rd Informals Day 4: Green Cities

We need business and government to work together on effective policies and strategies to ensure we get much better outcomes – for our buildings, for our cities and for the people who live in them. - Jane Henley, World Green Building Council

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31 May 2012 3rd UNCSD Informals Day 3: Private Sector

With less than a month to go, it looks set that mandatory corporate reporting is the best outcome possible at Rio+20. But we as civil society, should unite once more like back in 2002 and call for “rights for people and rules for big business. - Daniel Mittler, Greenpeace International

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30th May 2012 3rd UNCSD Informals Day2: Forests

Rio+20 is a once-in-a-generation opportunity. It is your collective responsibility to seize it. - UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, in his address to delegates yesterday working to finalise the Rio+20 Outcome Document

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29 May 2012 UNCSD 3rd Informals Day 1: Water and Oceans

Civil society organisations and human rights experts the world over agree on the importance of human rights to ensure a future where every single individual enjoys access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Now, on the first day of the third round of ‘informal informals’, we are calling loud and clear with a united voice: “States must recommit to the human right to water and sanitation to achieve true sustainable development. - Marta Lobo and Isabella Montgomery Freshwater Action Network

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3 May 2012 UNCSD 2nd Informals Day 9 

If Rio+20 is to be successful in moving us towards a green economy, sustainability reporting will not only have to be a vital component, but there also has to be a clear path to achieving this post-Rio. - Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors

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2 May 2012 UNCSD 2nd Informals Day 8

In order for development to be truly sustainable – economically, socially and environmentally – it must be resilient to disasters. - Debbie Hillier, Humanitarian Policy Adviser, Oxfam GB

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1 May 2012 UNCSD 2nd Informals Day 7

Some have dreams of Rio that reach far into the future. I have a very concrete dream. It is just around the corner: ready to happen – just waiting for some bold Rio negotiators to make it happen. What is that dream? That one year after Rio, all large companies of the world – almost a hundred thousand – will be measuring their impact on sustainable development; and share that knowledge through sustainability reporting. - Teresa Fogelberg, Deputy Chief Executive, GRI

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30 April 2012 UNCSD 2nd Informals Day 6

If we want energy access on the agenda in Rio, we need to work together. That’s why including the voices of civil society and energy users at the community level is so important. Without them we will see no meaningful collaboration, no legitimacy and no long-lasting sustainable solutions to energy poverty and climate change. - Andrew Steer, special envoy for climate change at the World Bank and SE4All High Level Group member

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27 April 2012 UNCSD 2nd Informals Day 5

With all our knowledge and creativity should we not be able to act in a bold and courageous manner and create the IFSD for the future? Or will the legacy of those at Rio+20 be – ‘they had the chance to change, but not the courage to do so’? - Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Stakeholder Forum

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26 April 2012 UNCSD 2nd Informals Day 4

The changes happening to the oceans will impact poorest people on our planet the soonest and hardest, but ultimately we will all suffer the consequences. - Nathalie Rey, Greenpeace

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25 April 2012 UNCSD 2nd Informals Day 3

Given the critical role women play in the life of rural communities and economies, and the persistent challenges and inequalities they face in performing those roles, it is critical that the outcomes of the Rio+20 reaffirm the importance of their functions and contribution and undertake concrete actions to increase the empowerment and capacity of rural women. - Robynne Anderson, Main Representative to UN, World Farmers Organisation

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24 April 2012 UNCSD 2nd Informals Day 2

The path that values ecosystem function as the basis of life and wealth is the one that leads to sustainability, less conflict, and ultimately, survival for the human race. - John D. Liu

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23 April 2012 UNCSD 2nd Informals Day 1

A strong outcome at Rio, seamlessly integrating the environmental, social, economic, and human rights elements of sustainable development, will do much to help us advance our collective mission to create a world free from fear and from want. - Navi Pillay, UN Human Rights chief

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27 March 2012 UNCSD 3rd Intersessional Meeting Day 2

The call for a radical paradigm shift has been made once again. Our challenge now will be to follow up words and recommendations with action. - Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta Chair of the Scientific Committee, IHDP and Professor Anantha Duraiappah, Executive Director, IHDP

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26 March 2012 UNCSD 3rd Intersessional Meeting Day 1

Citizens, the global Sustainable Development Revolution is in danger. We must rally to the baricades. - Derek Osborn, President, Stakeholder Forum

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23 March 2012 UNCSD 1st Informals Day 5

We cannot talk seriously about the environment without first acknowledging the rights of nature. - Eduardo Gudynas, Senior Researcher, Latin American Center of Social Ecology (CLAES)

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22 March 2012 UNCSD 1st Informals Day 4

SDGs should be framed to recognise the politically-contentious process of development, and provide new opportunities for policy reform and political ownership within developing countries. - Jonathan Phillips, OSSAP/MDGs

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21 March 2012 UNCSD 1st Informals Day 3

Water is life, and denial of the right to water will condemn millions. -
Anil Naidoo, Blue Planet Project, Council of Canadians

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20 March 2012 UNCSD 1st Informals Day 2

There is nothing to fear about the green revolution but fear itself. - Derek Osborn, President, Stakeholder Forum

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19 March 2012 UNCSD 1st Informals Day 1

We knew the problems, we knew most of the answers - but we failed to scale them up to deliver what was needed. - Felix Dodds, Executive Director, Stakeholder Forum

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27 January 2012 UNCSD 1st Round of Discussions on the Zero Draft Day 3

Twenty years after sustainable development was first put on the agenda the world's youth are planning to call this meeting to order. - Lisa Curtis, Youth Representative

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26 January 2012 UNCSD 1st Round of Discussions on the Zero Draft Day 2

It is striking that no independent, impartial scientific assessment of global sustainability exists. - Owen Gaffney, International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme

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25 January 2012 UNCSD 1st Round of Discussions on the Zero Draft Day 1

Heads of States and Governments have to be personally involved in jointly deciding upon and presenting concrete actions. The world needs more than just another declaration. - Susanne Salz, ICLEI

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16 December 2011 UNCSD 2nd Intersessional Meeting Day 2

The lessons that we are learning from the series of national dialogues is that the goal of a green economy is sustainabile development. - Emily Benson, Green Economy Coalition

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