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A Journal of Solidarity and Sustainability

Vol. 8, No. 4, April 2012
Luis T. Gutiérrez, Editor
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Advances in Sustainable Development

SUMMARY & OUTLINE

This supplement attempts to be a radar screen for recent/emerging/forthcoming advances in sustainable development. In selecting items for this supplementary page, priority is given to information about publications and tools with an educational and human-centric focus. This update includes the following reminders that sustainable development has a human face:

1. Suggestions for Prayer, Study, and Action
2. News, Publications, Tools, and Conferences
3. Advances in Sustainable Development
4. Advances in Integral Human Development
5. Advances in Integrated Sustainable Development
6. Sustainability Games, Databases, and Knowledgebases
7. Sustainable Development Measures and Indicators
8. Sustainable Development Modeling and Simulation
9. Fostering Sustainability in the International Community
Note: Items in this page are updated as information is received and as time permits. If the reader knows about new pubs/tools that should be announced in this page, please write to the Editor.

1. Suggestions for Prayer, Study, and Action

SUGGESTIONS FOR PRAYER

EARTH DAY PRAYER

"Creator God, we confess that we have sinned against you and against our neighbor, in thought, word, and deed, both by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have used more than our fair share of the gifts of energy you have given us. We have not worked to ensure fair access to energy for all peoples, especially the most vulnerable among us.

"Creator God, we have not considered the effects of our energy use on our neighbors in our community and around the world. Have mercy on us, forgive us, and help us to strive for a just energy future, in which all people can receive the resources they need, and in which our energy use is sustainable and treads lightly on your Creation."

Earth Day Sunday Resources, Eco-Justice Programs, NCCC, March 2012

SUGGESTIONS FOR STUDY

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Open Source Textbook Initiative

Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation
Tom Theis and Jonathan Tomkin, Editors
Open Source Textbook, November 2011

One criterion of the grant is to create and make available, via the Internet, an open-source textbook for use in introductory college courses. A self-imposed criterion is to identify an expand ing field of knowledge, common to all three campuses, where the open-source textbook could provide a sound foundation for effective teaching and learning. To that end, the team guiding the project has selected "sustainability" as the general focus of the University's open-source textbook. It should be noted that "sustainability" was also the field of study identified by Illinois community colleges for a potential a partnership with the University of Illinois. This textbook serves a need identified by faculty teaching in the sustainability area, i.e. the lack of a single, comprehensive, introductory text.

"Sustainability: A Comprehensive Foundation" is a free, open-source textbook available for viewing online or as a download for use on e-readers or printing. First and second-year college students are introduced to this expanding new field, comprehensively exploring the essential concepts from every branch of knowldege – including engineering and the applied arts, natural and social sciences, and the humanities. As sustainability is a multi-disciplinary area of study, the text is the product of multiple authors drawn from the diverse faculty of the University of Illinois: each chapter is written by a recognized expert in the field. Designed for the new generation of e-readers, the book can also be viewed in a browser, saved as a pdf, or printed.

A Life of Abundance: Energy & Ethics

Earth Day Sunday Resources

Eco-Justice Programs, National Council of Churches, March 2012

The Future We Want

Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing

High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability, United Nations, January 2012

SUGGESTIONS FOR ACTION

Become a Global Citizen

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Check this out:

Global Citizens Blog

at the Donella Meadows Institute
Meet 15 Extraordinary People Transforming the Way We Live
The YES! Breakthrough 15, YES! Magazine Issue 60 Winter 2012


2. News, Publications, Tools, and Conferences

NEWS

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Environmental News Network


Planet Ark
World Environmental News


World News Network


Mother Earth News


Climate Action News


World Technology News


Sustainable Development Media


World Pulse


SustainabiliTank


Environmental Science & Technology


AlterNet


EcoWatch


WiserEarth News


New Internationalist


The Global Journal


Trade & Environment Nexus


Yes! Magazine


Human Development News


Science Daily
Earth & Climate News
Sustainability News
Science & Society News


International Institute for
Sustainable Development (IISD)
Reporting Services

Policy-Strategy Coverage

Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
Sustainable Development - Small Islands
Biodiversity Policy & Practice
Climate Change Policy & Practice
Energy Policy Issues
Multilateral Environmental Agreements
Earth Negotiations Bulletin

Theme Coverage

Sustainable Development
Biodiveristy & Wildlife
Chemicals Management
Climate & Atmosphere
Forests - Deserts - Land
Human Development
Intergovernmental Organizations
Trade & Investment
Water - Oceand - Wetlands

Regional Coverage

Africa
Asia
Europe
Lating America & Caribbean
Near East
North America
South West Pacific

Rio+20 Coverage

UNCSDRIOPLUS20
Sustainable Development Conference
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
4-6 June 2012


United Nations News Service
Rio+20: Making it Happen
UN Sustainable Development News
UN Gender Equality News


Value News Network


Catholic News Service


Anglican Communion News Service


Ekklesia Christian News Bulletin


Religion News Service


LiveScience News


Inter Press Service (PSI)


Triple Bottom Line
CSR News


The Progress Report


Global Health News


Kosmos Journal


ELDIS NEWSFEEDS

Eldis Development Newsfeeds

General - all subjects

Newsfeeds by Subject

Ageing populations
Agriculture
Aid and debt
Children and young people
Climate Change
Climate adaptation
Conflict
Corporate responsibility
Education
Environment
Finance policy
Food security
Gender
Globalisation
Governance
HIV and AIDS
Health
Health systems
ICT for development
Influencing policy
Jobs
Jobs, Events and Announcements
Livelihoods
MDGs
Manuals and toolkits
Migration
Participation
Poverty
Trade policy

Newsfeeds by Region

Africa
East Asia and Pacific
Latin America and Caribbean
Middle East and North Africa
South Asia

PUBLICATIONS

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Dimensions:
The human factor in the
global environmental debate

IHDP UNU, Spring 2012


Map of the Global Transition
to a New Economy

GTNE, 17 March 2012


World Atlas of
Gender Equality in Education

UNESCO, 8 March 2012


Electricity from Renewables
ECLAREON, Berlin, 13 March 2012


Themed Edition on
The Geography of Sustainabilty
Journal of Sustainability Education, March 2012


Role of Policy and Institutions
in Local Adaptation to Climate Change

ICIMOD, March 2012


Global Outlook on Sustainable
Consumption and Production (SCP) Policies

UNEP, March 2012


Sustainable Insight:
Expect the Unexpected

KPMG, February 2012


State of the World’s Children 2012:
Children in an Urban World

UNICEF, 27 February 2012


Greening Development:
Enhancing Capacity for Environmental
Management and Governance
,
OECD, 10 February 2012


World Development Report 2012:
Gender Equality and Development
,
The World Bank, 2012


Development without Carbon as Climate Policy,
Elizabeth A. Stanton, Stockholm Environment Institute, January 2012


Sustainable Energy for All:
A Framework for Action
,
The Secretary-General’s High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All, January 2012


Green Energy for a Billion Poor,
Nancy Wimmer, World Council of Renewable Energy, 2012


RESCUE
(Responses to Environmental & Societal
Challenges for our Unstable Earth)
Synthesis Report
,
European Science Foundation,
Brussels, 16 February 2012


Research and Education:
Drivers of Transformation
,
German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), Berlin, February 2012


Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5),
Summary for Policy Makers,
UNEP, 20 February 2012


The State of Renewable Energies in Europe,
Adrian Janes, EurObserv'ER, 20 February 2012


21 Issues for the 21st Century:
UNEP Foresight Report
,
Peggy Garvin, United Nations, 20 February 2012


2012 Environmental Performance Index
EPI, Yale University, 26 January 2012


Resolving the Food Crisis:
Assessing Global Policy Reforms
Since 2007

ITAP, 25 January 2012


Human Rights Watch World Report 2012
HRW, 24 January 2012


Global Employment Trends 2012:
Preventing a deeper jobs crisis

ILO, 24 January 2012


ASEAN in the Global Economy:
An Enhanced Economic and Political Role

ERIA, 23 January 2012


Global Go-To Think Tanks Report 2011
TTCSP, 19 January 2011


Global Economic Prospects 2012
World Bank, 18 January 2012


World Economic Situation and Prospects 2012
United Nations, 18 January 2012


Ecumenical Women Advocacy Guide
Ecumenical Women, 10 January 2012


Global Risks 2012
World Economic Forum, January 2012


Poor People's Energy Outlook 2012:
Energy for earning a living

Practical Action, January 2012


Climate Change and Development Strategy
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), January 2012
One Pager ~ Full Report


Global Energy Assessment (GEA)
IIASA, 23 December 2011


Keeping Track of Our Changing Environment:
From Rio to Rio+20 (1992-2012)
,
Fifth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5)
UNEP, October 2011


InVEST:
Integrated Valuation
of Environmental Services
and Tradeoffs

Natural Capital


ARIES:
ARtificial Intelligence
for Ecosystem Services

ARIES


TOOLS & DATABASES

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Planet under Pressure 2012
Debate Graph


Adaptation Support Tool


Nitrogen Footprint Calculator


Terra Populus:
Integrated Data on
Population and Environment

NSF & University of Minnesota
March 2012


2012 Environmental Performance Index
Interactive Map & Database

EPI, Yale University, January 2012


Environmental Data Explorer


Clean Energy Information Portal


Mapping the Impacts of Climate Change


Eye on Earth
Global Mapping

EEA, December 2011


Database of Actions on Adaptation
to Climate Change

UNFCCC, December 2011


Climate Scoreboard
Climate Interactive, 2011


REN21 Renewables Interactive Map
REN21, 2011


Calculator of the
Carbon Footprint of Nations

NTNU, 2011


Geospatial Toolkit (GsT) for
Integrated Resource Assessment

NREL, November 2011


Climate Impact Equity Lens (CIEL)
Stockholm Environment Institute
November 2011


Global Adaptation Index
Global Adaptation Institute
Fall 2011


Gridded Population of the World
CIESIN, Columbia University, 2011


The New eAtlas of Gender
World Bank, 2011


Statistics and Tools
for Gender Analysis

World Bank, 2011


Gender Statistics Database
World Bank, 2011


Live World Data
The Venus Project, 2011


RETScreen
Clean Energy Analysis Software

RETScreen International, 2011


IGES CDM Methodology Parameter Data
IGES, 2011


IGES Emission Reductions Calculation Sheet
IGES, 2011


OECD Sustainable Manufacturing Toolkit
OECD, 2011


OECD Family Database


OECD Social Expenditure Database


Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services
and Tradeoffs (InVEST)

Version 2.1, Natural Capital Project, 2011
FREE DOWNLOAD


Interactive Map and Rankings for the 2011 Failed States Index
Foreign Policy and Fund for Peace, August 2011


Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC)
NASA & Columbia University


IGES GHG Database
IGES


Emission Factors Database
Ecometrica


Renewables Interactive Map
REN21


FICAT
Forestry Industry Carbon Assessment Tool
Green Resources, Tanzania


ACEGES
Agent-based Computational Economics
of the Global Energy System


Climate Hot Map
Union of Concerned Scientists


Solar Thermal Barometer
EurObserv-ER


BioCarbonTracker
Ecometrica


FORMA
Forest Monitoring for Action
CGDEV


WEAP
Water Evaluation And Planning System
WEAP21


LEAP
Long range Energy Alternatives Planning System
Energy Community


GLTN
Global Land Tool Network
UN-HABITAT


UN-Energy Knowledge Network
including
Multi-dimensional Energy Poverty Index (MEPI)
and Energy Development Index (EDI)
UNIDO


Measuring Energy Poverty
Visualization Platform

STATPLANET & UNIDO


United Nations Data
UN Statistics Database
UN MDG Indicators
UN Human Development Index (HDI)


Humanity's Footprint Data
Ecological Footprint
Footprint for Nations
Footprint for Cities
Footprint for Business
Carbon Footprint
Personal Footprint
Footprint & Biodiversity
Footprint & Human Development


Earth Policy Institute Data Sets
Population, Health, and Society
Natural Systems
Climate Change
Energy Resources
Transportation Systems
Food and Agriculture
Economics & Development


World Bank
World Development Indicators (WDI)


ZACAT-GESIS
Data for the Social Sciences


STAR Database Beta-Test Now in Process
Invitation to Participate

Links Government Investment,
Science, Technology,
Firms, and Employment


Sustainable Society Index
Interactive Map


Interactive Mapping of
Population and Climate Change

Population Action International


Global Advocates Toolbox
Population Action International


Teaching and Learning
for a Sustainable Future:
Dissemination and Training Toolbox

UNESCO Education for
Sustainable Development


Economic Input-Output
Life Cycle Assessment (EIO-LCA)

Green Design Institute
Carnegie Mellon University


CONFERENCES & JOURNALS

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Conference Alerts
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by Topic, Country, or Keywords.



Calls for Papers
Find Calls for Papers Worldwide
by Specialization, Country, or Keywords.



Journal Articles
The latest Tables of Contents
from thousands of scholarly journals
Search by journal title, ISNN, or keywords


Conferences


Energy Future:
The Role of Impact Assessment

IAIA, Porto, Portugal
27 May - 1 June 2012


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UNCSD - Rio+20
UN Conference on
Sustainable Development
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
20-22 June 2012


18th Annual International
Sustainable Development
Research Conference

University of Hull, UK
24-26 June 2012


7th Conference on Sustainable Development
of Energy, Water and Environment Systems

UNESCO, Ohrid, Republic of Macedonia
1-6 July 2012


Water Resource Management
in Times of Gobal Change

32nd International Geographical Congress
Cologne, Germany, 26-30 August 2012


Sustainable Transitions:
Navigating Theories and
Challenging Realities

Technical University of Denmark
Copenhagen, Denmark
29-31 August


Metadata for Meeting Global Challenges
DCMI International Conference
Kuching, Malaysia, 3-7 September 2012


International Conference on
Culture, Politics, & Climate Change

Boulder, Colorado, USA
13-15 September 2012


Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN) Congress
Munich, Germany
14-16 September 2012


3rd International Conference on
Degrowth for Ecological Sustainability
and Social Equity

Venice, 19-23 September 2012


World Clean Technology Summit (WCTS)
Kampala, Uganda
26-28 September 2012


Evidence for Sustainable Development
Berlin, Germany
5-6 October 2012


CLIMATE 2012 / KLIMA 2012
The World's CO2-friendly Scientific
On-line Climate Conference
"Climate Change, Island States
and Sustainable Technologies"
ICCIP, 5-9 November 2012


Earth System Governance Tokyo Conference
UNU, Tokyo, Japan
28-31 January 2013


Decisions that Work: Linking Sustainability, Environmental Responsibility and Human Well-being
Society for Human Ecology
Canberra, Australia, 5-8 February 2013

3. Advances in Sustainable Development

Sustainable Capitalism

Generation Investment Management LLP, 15 February 2012

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

"The challenges facing the planet today are unprecedented and extraordinary; climate change, water scarcity, poverty, disease, growing inequality of income and wealth, demographic shifts, trans-border and internal migration, urbanisation and a global economy in a state of constant dramatic volatility and flux, to name but a few. While governments and civil society will need to be part of the solution to these massive challenges, ultimately it will be companies and investors that will mobilise the capital needed to overcome them.

"To address these sustainability challenges, we advocate for a paradigm shift to Sustainable Capitalism; a framework that seeks to maximise long-term economic value creation by reforming markets to address real needs while considering all costs and stakeholders.

"The objective of this paper is twofold. First, we make the economic case for mainstreaming Sustainable Capitalism by highlighting the fact that it does not represent a trade-off with profit maximisation but instead actually fosters superior long-term value creation. Second, we recommend five key actions for immediate adoption that will accelerate the mainstreaming of Sustainable Capitalism by 2020:

1. Identify and incorporate risks from stranded assets;
2. Mandate integrated reporting;
3. End the default practice of issuing quarterly earnings guidance;
4. Align compensation structures with long-term sustainable performance; and
5. Encourage long-term investing with loyalty-driven securities.

"In addition, we also believe that there are five broader ideas that merit ongoing support and attention. Specifically, we think there is a need to:

i. Reinforce sustainability as a fiduciary issue;
ii. Create advisory services for sustainable asset management;
iii. Expand the range and depth of sustainable investment products;
iv. Reconsider the appropriate definition for growth beyond GDP; and
v. Integrate sustainability into business education at all levels.

"Ben Franklin famously said, “You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.” We have the opportunity to rebuild for the long term and an obligation to seize it. Sustainable Capitalism will create opportunities and rewards but it will also mean challenging the pernicious orthodoxy of short-termism. Now is the time to accelerate the transition."

To download the complete paper, click here

4. Advances in Integral Human Development

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Human Development Report 2011
Sustainability and Equity:
A Better Future for All
UNDP, November 2011

"This Report explores the integral links between environmental sustainability and equity and shows that these are critical to expanding human freedoms for people today and in generations to come. The point of departure is that the remarkable progress in human development over recent decades that the Human Development Report has documented cannot continue without bold global steps to reduce environmental risks and inequality. We identify pathways for people, communities, countries and the international community to promote environmental sustainability and equity in mutually reinforcing ways.

"The cover diagram symbolizes how different policies can have different implications for sustainability and equity. Whenever available, we should prefer solutions that are good for the environment while also promoting equity and human development. Pursuing sustainability and equity jointly does not require that they be mutually reinforcing. In many instances they will not be. Sometimes the most feasible alternative involves trade-offs between sustainability and equity and requires explicit and careful consideration. No trade-off is isolated from a society’s structural and institutional conditions, and so we must address the underlying constraints and identify positive synergies between sustainability and equity. This Report is aimed not only at finding positive synergies but also at identifying ways to build them."


From the Global Human Development Forum in Istanbul:

Urgent action needed to combat social inequalities and environmental risks,
UN Secretary-General tells Global Human Development Forum

UNDP and Turkey's Ministry of Development, 22 March 2012

5. Advances in Integrated Sustainable Development

Rio+20 Needs to Address the Downsides of Growth
by Herman Daly, Natural Resources Forum & CASSE, 26 December 2011

Note from the CASSE editor: "The Natural Resources Forum (vol. 35, no. 4) asked 29 experts, including Herman Daly, “What do you think should be the two or three highest priority political outcomes of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), scheduled for Rio de Janeiro in June 2012?” His answer succinctly sums up the steady-state perspective."

Herman Daly - "The conclusion of the 1972 Limits to Growth study by the Club of Rome still stands 40 years later. Even though economies are still growing, and still put growth in first place, it is no longer economic growth, at least in wealthy countries, but has become uneconomic growth. In other words, the environmental and social costs of increased production are growing faster than the benefits, increasing “illth” faster than wealth, thereby making us poorer, not richer. We hide the uneconomic nature of growth from ourselves by faulty national accounting because growth is our panacea, indeed our idol, and we are very afraid of the idea of a steady-state economy. The increasing illth is evident in exploding financial debt, in biodiversity loss, and in destruction of natural services, most notably climate regulation. The major job of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development is to help us overcome this denial and shift the path of progress from quantitative growth to qualitative development, from bigger to better. Specifically this will mean working toward a steady-state economy at a sustainable (smaller than present) scale relative to the containing ecosystem that is finite and already overstressed. Since growth now makes us poorer, not richer, poverty reduction will require sharing in the present, not the empty promise of growth in the future."

Recent Updates on "Limits to Growth" by the Club of Rome
40 Years After the "Limits to Growth" Report
The Count-Up to 2052: An Overarching Framework for Action
The Limits to Growth Revisited, Ugo Bardi, Springer, June 2011

What was the real message of "Limits to Growth"?

Source: Club of Rome Videos and YouTube

See the webcast of the symposium on
Limits to Growth: Challenges to Building a Sustainable Planet
Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, 1 March 2012

The Influence of Donella Meadows and the Limits to Growth
Rob Dietz, The Daly News, 30 March 2012

2052: A Global Forecast for the Next Forty Years
A Report to the Club of Rome
Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of The Limits to Growth
by Jorgen Randers, Chelsea Green, forthcoming July 2012

6. Sustainability Games, Databases, and Knowledgebases

The Earth Charter Game is now available in two languages (English and Portuguese):


Earth Charter Game from Instituto Harmonia na Terra on Vimeo.

7. Sustainable Development Measures and Indicators

2012 Environmental Performance Index (EPI)
Switzerland Ranks at Top of the 2012 EPI
and Latvia Takes #1 Spot in New Trend EPI Rankings
Ysella Yoder, Yale University, 26 January 2012

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The Summary for Policymakers provides a quick look at the EPI framework and methodology,
and summarizes the overall EPI and Pilot Trend EPI rankings, results, and conclusions.

8. Sustainable Development Modeling and Simulation

The graph below is a simple simulation of
world population, gross production/consumption, and energy availability trends:

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As of EOY 2011, World Population = 7 Billion, World GDP = 61 Trillion PPP Dollars,
World Energy Use = 0.5 Zeta Joules (or approx 82 billion barrels of oil), and
Average Consumption per Capita = 9000 Dollars

The simulation tipping points would seem to approximate current trends. If the supply of usable energy from fossil fuels peaks and declines as shown by the green curve, how much energy would have to be generated from other sources to support the current GDP output? Even for the sake of social solidarity and ecological sustainability, would most people in the "developed" nations be able/willing to "survive" with $9000/year?

The past cannot be changed, and the future is unknown, but there is empirical evidence to the effect that:

1. Fossil fuel resources are high in energy content but are not infinite.
2. Fossil fuel emissions are environmentally detrimental and/or potentially unsafe.
3. Currently known clean energy alternatives offer relatively low energy content.
Given that fossil fuels are being depleted, pollution levels are damaging the environment, and clean energy alternatives may not provide enough energy to sustain industrial economies, is it wise to just continue doing "business as usual" and trusting that some earthshaking technological breakthrough will come to pass soon enough? Is it fair for people in the "developed" nations to keep indulging in energy consumption and waste while approx. one billion people must subsist on $2 per day or less?

9. Fostering Sustainability in the International Community


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Keeping Track of Our Changing Environment: From Rio to Rio+20 (1992-2012), UNEP, November 2011
RIO+20
UN Conference on Sustainable Development
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 4-6 June 2012

RESOURCES:
Objectives & Themes of the Conference
History of Sustainable Development
UN System, IGOs, and NGOs
Links to Documents, Publications, and Databases
Earth Summit 2012 Stakeholder Forum
Towards the Rio+20 Conference

UNITED NATIONS
Sustainable Energy for All
INITIATIVE

Three broad objectives to be achieved by 2030:

  • Ensuring universal access to modern energy services
  • Doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency
  • Doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix

  • UNSEFA2030
    Sustainable Energy for All

    UNITED NATIONS
    Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5)
    Summary for Policy Makers
    UNEP, 20 February 2012

    Three highest priorities:

  • Aligning governance to the challenges of global sustainability
  • Transforming human capabilities for the 21st century
  • Ensuring food safety and food security for 9 billion people

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    Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5)


    OXFAM INTERNATIONAL

    'The Doughnut'
    of Social and Planetary Boundaries for Development

    "A Safe and Just Space for Humanity: can we live within the doughnut?"
    Kate Raworth, Senior Researcher, Oxfam UK, 13 February 2012

    In the run-up to Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, this discussion paper is an exploration of what such a model of prosperity might look like. It presents a visual framework -- shaped like a doughnut -- which brings the concept of planetary boundaries together with the complementary concept of social boundaries, creating a safe and just space between the two, in which humanity can thrive.

    Source: Oxfam UK
    Download the paper here
    Watch the video here
    Join the discussion with Kate Raworth here
    Original article on the nine planetary boundaries

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    The Roads from Rio: Lessons Learned from Twenty Years of Multilateral Environmental Negotiations
    Pamela S. Chasek and Lynn M. Wagner (Editors), Routledge, 29 February 2012

    "At the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, popularly known as the Rio Earth Summit, the world’s leaders constructed a new "sustainable development" paradigm that promised to enhance environmentally sound economic and social development. Twenty years later, the proliferation of multilateral environmental agreements points to an unprecedented achievement, but is worth examining for its accomplishments and shortcomings.

    "This book provides a review of twenty years of multilateral environmental negotiations (1992-2012). The authors have participated in most of these negotiating processes and use their first-hand knowledge as writers for the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Earth Negotiations Bulletin as they illustrate the changes that have taken place over the past twenty years. The chapters examine the proliferation of meetings, the changes in the actors and their roles (governments, nongovernmental organizations, secretariats), the interlinkages of issues, the impact of scientific advice, and the challenges of implementation across negotiating processes, including the Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention to Combat Desertification, the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Commission on Sustainable Development, the UN Forum on Forests, the chemicals conventions (Stockholm, Basel and Rotterdam), the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, the Convention on Migratory Species and the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture."


    Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere

    Getting to a Sustainable 2050?
    A presentation by Robert E. Horn
    World Business Council for sustainable Development

    Vision 2050 addressed thought-provoking questions like:

    • What would a vision of a sustainable future look like?
    • What are the pathways and solutions for achieving sustainability?
    • What does this say for the changes needed?
    • What are the risks to achieving this “sustainable” future?
    • What are the dilemmas we must address to move forward?
    • What are the robust actions, policies and investments needed to move rapidly onto a sustainable pathway?
    • What is the role of "business"?

    RECENT ARTICLES & REPORTS IN ANTICIPATION OF RIO+20

  • State of the Planet Declaration, Planet under Pressure Conference, Earth System Science Partnership, London, 29 March 2012
  • Raising gender on the global development agenda, UN Women, 28 March 2012
  • First Round of ‘Informal-Informal’ Negotiations on the Zero Draft of the Outcome Document and Third Intersessional Meeting of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), UN Headquarters, New York, 27 March 2012
  • Global Human Development Forum adopts ‘Istanbul Declaration’ urging bold action at UN ‘Rio+20’ conference this June, Global Human Development Forum, Istanbul, 23 March 2012
  • Global Transition Dialogue on the New Economy: How to make it green and fair?, New Economics Institute, 22 March 2012
  • Female negotiators at Rio+20 must forge common front to give a voice to forest-dependent women, Catriona Moss, Forests, 20 March 2012.
  • People’s Summit at Rio+20: what it is and what it is not, Belgian Social Forum, 15 March 2012
  • Why Does Social Media Matter for Rio+20?, UNCSD, 12 March 2012
  • Our Voice for Rio +20, Australian Earth Charter, 11 March 2012
  • Rio +20: A Date With History (in the Making), Kelly Rigg, Huffington Post, 6 March 2012.
  • Why Rio+20 must not leave the politics out of sustainable development, Melissa Leach, The Guardian, 5 March 2012
  • Innovation for Sustainable Development, Rio+20 Issues Cluster on Innovation, March 2012
  • Technology Transfer and Innovation: Key Country Priorities for Rio+20, ICTSD, March 2012
  • What are Sustainable Development Goals?, IGES, Japan, March 2012
  • The Roads from Rio: Lessons Learned from Twenty Years of Multilateral Environmental Negotiations, Pamela S. Chasek and Lynn M. Wagner (Editors), Routledge, 29 February 2012
  • MPs fear global economic crisis will hamper Rio+20 progress, David Thorpe, Energy & Environmental Management, 29 February 2012
  • UNEP Clarifies Position as Rio+20 Draws Nearer, ICTSD, 24 February 2012
  • Preparation for the People's Summit at Rio+20, Women on the Road to Rio20, 22 February 2012
  • Rethinking Growth and Sustainable Development, PolicyShop, 22 February 2012
  • Road To Rio+20: Ambitious Goals For Sustainable Development? – Analysis, Ong Suan Ee, RSIS, 20 February 2012
  • Ban calls for global economic model that promotes greater social justice, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, United Nations, 20 February 2012
  • Special issue on institutions for sustainable development, David Le Blanc, Natural Resources Forum, 20 February 2012
  • Business leaders on sustainable growth and Rio+20, Alana Chloe Esposito, MediaGlobal News, 16 February 2012
  • Can we live inside the doughnut? Why the world needs planetary and social boundaries, Kate Raworth, Oxfam, 13 February 2012
  • A safe and just space for humanity, Kate Raworth, Oxfam, 13 February 2012
  • The Public Trust Doctrine and Rio+20, Mary Turnipseed et al., NCEAS, UCSB, February 2012
  • Bold action is needed to make sustainable development a reality, The Elders, 30 January 2012
  • Initial Discussions on the “Zero Draft” of the Outcome Document for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), IISD, 30 January 2012
  • Ambitious UN Sustainability Conference in Rio to Avoid Climate Talk, Alex Newman, New American, 28 January 2012
  • Five-Year Action Agenda: "The Future We Want", Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN, 25 January 2012
  • Global Compact Launches Web Platform to Mobilize Business for Rio+20, UN Global Compact, 23 January 2012
  • Rio+20: Analysis of Zero Draft Submissions, CloudStakeholder Forum, 22 January 2012
  • Does green growth make economic sense? Yes, but you have to do it right, Bert Metz, European Climate Foundation, 16 January 2012
  • Towards Rio+20, World Democratic Governace Project Association, January 2012
  • Rio+20 Draft Outcome Document Released, Bridges Weekly Trade News Digest, 11 January 2012
  • Leaked document reveals Rio+20 sustainable development goals,
  • John Vidal, The Guardian, 10 January 2012
  • The Place of Environmental Education at Rio+20, Christina Cotter, Human Impacts Institute, 10 January 2012
  • The Future We Want, UN CSD, Zero Draft for Rio+20, 10 January 2012
  • Green Economy: ‘Everyone’s talking about it’ - An analysis of the UNCSD Zero Draft text submissions, Green Economy Coalition (GEC), January 2012
  • Road to Rio+20 – Fresh Opportunity to Scale-Up Sustainable Development?, AfricanBrains, 5 January 2012
  • Rio+20: Preliminary information for participants, ZUNIA, 5 January 2012
  • Spiritual Dimensions of Sustainable Development, Soetendorp Institute, January 2012
  • Interreligious Statement Towards Rio+20, Soetendorp Institute, January 2012
  • Premises for a New Economy, An Agenda for Rio+20, Great Transition Initiative, January 2012


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