Mother Pelican
A Journal of Solidarity and Sustainability

Vol. 8, No. 6, June 2012
Luis T. Gutiérrez, Editor
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Advances in Sustainable Development


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



I breathe in, and I breathe out. I breathe in, and breathe out.
Inhale, exhale; inhale, exhale...

Creator of Life, we thank you for our breath and the air we breathe.
Thank you for all of life that breathes at this moment.
We thank you for all representatives, gathering for the United Nations Conference
on Sustainable Development, Rio+20. We breathe the same air. We are connected.
We call on them to protect the forests that contribute so much to the air we breathe,
And to acknowledge in all their decisions that the Earth, our home, is finite.

Spirit of Wisdom, reveal yourself to all representatives gathering in Rio.
At this ‘transformative juncture, unparalleled in history’,
open their minds to see the bigger picture of the common good,
as it calls for their positive responses.
May they hear and listen to the prophetic voices among them,
as they struggle over the rights of all to water, to land, to seeds and all human rights.

Spirit of Understanding, enlighten the participants as they search for an ethical framework.
May they be guided by justice rather than market values.
May they listen to indigenous people, whose voices were seldom heard in the past.
May they look into the eyes of a young child, as their grandparents do,
and understand that Rio+20 decisions will impact very child and future generations too.

Spirit of Love, that connects all, open our hearts to fresh awareness.
As the world watches this world conference, renew our individual desires for peace, harmony and
a spirit of co-operation, where hungry people are fed,
where sick and vulnerable people are protected and liberated, and where non-human life thrives.
We breathe in Life, may all breathe out love, compassion and action for change now, at Rio+20,
acknowledging that ‘the Spirit blows where it will’.

Source: Mercy International Association


State of the World 2012:
Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity

Erik Assadourian & Michael Renner, Editors
Worldwatch Institute, 11 April 2012

In 1992, governments at the Rio Earth Summit made a historic commitment to sustainable development—an economic system that promotes the health of both people and ecosystems. Twenty years and several summits later, human civilization has never been closer to ecological collapse, a third of humanity lives in poverty, and another 2 billion people are projected to join the human race over the next 40 years. How will we move toward sustainable prosperity equitably shared among all even as our cities strain to provide decent jobs, housing, transportation, and social services, and as our ecological systems decline?

To promote discussion around this vital topic at the Rio+20 U.N. Conference and beyond, State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity showcases creative policies and fresh approaches that are advancing sustainable development in the twenty-first century. Chapters written by international experts present a comprehensive look at current trends in global economics and sustainability, a policy toolbox of clear solutions to some of our most pressing environmental and human challenges, and a path for reforming economic institutions to promote both ecological health and prosperity.

Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity is the latest publication in the Worldwatch Institute’s flagship State of the World series, which remains the most recognized and authoritative resource for research and policy solutions on critical global issues. State of the World 2012 builds on three decades of experience to offer a clear, pragmatic look at the current state of global ecological systems and the economic forces that are reshaping them—and how we can craft more-sustainable and equitable economies in the future. 


Become a Global Citizen


Imagine All the People: Advancing a Planetary Movement

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Contact: Uchita de Zoysa

2. News, Publications, Tools, and Conferences



Energy and Climate News

BURN Energy Journal

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


Environmental Science & Technology



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

Lating America & Caribbean
Near East
North America
South West Pacific

Rio+20 Coverage

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 Development Newsfeeds

General - all subjects

Newsfeeds by Subject

Ageing populations
Aid and debt
Children and young people
Climate Change
Climate adaptation
Corporate responsibility
Finance policy
Food security
Health systems
ICT for development
Influencing policy
Jobs, Events and Announcements
Manuals and toolkits
Trade policy

Newsfeeds by Region

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



Inclusive Green Growth:
the Pathway to Sustainable Development

World Bank, May 2012

Inclusive Green Growth
in Latin America & the Caribbean

World Bank, May 2012

Ending the Suffering of Millions of Women
UnCUT Voices Press, May 2012

Country Reports
on Human Rights Practices for 2011

US Dept of State, May 2012

International Economic Trends
FRB St. Louis, May 2012

World of Work Report 2012:
Better Jobs for a Better Economy

ILO, May 2012

Golden Rules for a Golden Age of Gas
IEA, May 2012

Ecosystem Services:
Charting a Path to Sustainability

NAS, May 2012

Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development
ISFD Brochure, ISDB, May 2012

Global Integrity Report 2011
Global Integrity, 7 April 2012

World Development Indicators 2012
World Bank, April 2012

Tracking Clean Energy Progress
IEA, 25 April 2012

Global Monitoring Report 2012:
Food Prices, Nutrition, and the
Millennium Development Goals

Peggy Garvin, World Bank, April 2012

Measuring Financial Inclusion:
The Global Findex Database

Heather Negley, World Bank, April 2012

2012 Global Cities Index
and Emerging Cities Outlook

Peggy Garvin, World Bank, April 2012

GLAAS 2012 Report:
UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment
of Sanitation and Drinking-Water

Adrian Janes, WHO, 15 April 2012

Global Report for Research
on Infectious Diseases of Poverty

TDR WHO, April 2012

A strategy for restoring confidence
and economic growth through green
investment and innovation

Dimitri Zenghelis
Grantham Research Institute
in Climate Change and the Environment
London School of Economics, April 2012.

World Happiness Report 2012
Earth Institute, April 2012

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

(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

Human Rights Report 2011
Odhikar, Bangladesh, 7 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

Integrated Valuation
of Environmental Services
and Tradeoffs

Natural Capital

ARtificial Intelligence
for Ecosystem Services




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

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

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

Emission Factors Database

Renewables Interactive Map

Forestry Industry Carbon Assessment Tool
Green Resources, Tanzania

Agent-based Computational Economics
of the Global Energy System

Climate Hot Map
Union of Concerned Scientists

Solar Thermal Barometer


Forest Monitoring for Action

Water Evaluation And Planning System

Long range Energy Alternatives Planning System
Energy Community

Global Land Tool Network

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

Measuring Energy Poverty
Visualization Platform


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)

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



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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, 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, Italy, 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"
Hamburg, Germany, 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


"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

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

YES – Youth Encounter on Sustainability
Donella Meadows Institute
August 15 through September 1, 2012
in Craftsbury, Vermont, USA

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


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:

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

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

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

Sustainable Energy for All

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

    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

  • GEO5UNEP2012SMP.jpg
    Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5)


    '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


    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"?


  • Rio+20: Buddhist Leader Urges Paradigm Shift, Ramesh Jaura, IDN-InDepth News Analysis, 5 June 2012.
  • Rio+20: church and civil society leaders say it is time to rethink and regain control over the future of the human family, CIDSE, 5 June 2012
  • Rio+20 - a Call to Responsibility, a Call to Action, Federico Mayor Zaragoza and Mario Soares, IPS, 1 June 2012.
  • Rio+20 to give added impetus to sustainability debate, Karel Smrcka, Creamer Media Engineering News, 1 June 2012 .
  • Science recognition in Rio+20 talks 'uphill struggle', Jan Piotrowski, Science & Development Network, 1 June 2012.
  • New UNCCD Policy Brief: Rio+20 Should Adopt a Sustainable Development Goal on Land, UNCCD, Just Means, 1 June 2012.
  • Rio+20: Great opportunities ahead, church NGOs say, Jessica Nitschke, EcoJesuit, 31 May 2012.
  • Canada, Last Holdout, Drops Opposition to Water as Human Right, Thalif Deen, IPS, 31 May 2012.
  • Rio plus 20, Johannes Müller, SJ, EcoJesuit, 31 May 2012.
  • Rio+20 to seek a sustainable, global future , Brian Roewe, National Catholic Reporter, 30 May 2012.
  • Rio+20: Where Are Women's Rights?, IPPFWHR, HR Reality Check, 30 May 2012.
  • North-South Divide Looms Heavily Over Rio+20 Summit, Branislav Gosovic, Climate Connections, 29 May 2012.
  • The Climate Group gears up for Rio+20, Climate Group, 29 May 2012.
  • Rio+20: A green industrial revolution or climate change diplomacy?, Hilal Elver, Aljazeera, 28 May 2012.
  • An Ailing Planet’s Path to Rio+20, Robynne Boyd, Scientific American, 25 May 2012.
  • Rio+20 – A quick guide, Alex Farrow, Youth Policy, 25 May 2012.
  • Rio+20: Better Progress With Corporations, Than Governments Expected, Sustainable Business, 25 May 2012.
  • Rio+20: Energy, Gender and Economic Growth, Norway Proposal, 24 May 2012.
  • U.N. Chief Disappointed Over Deadlocked Rio+20 Negotiations, Thalif Deen, North Africa United, 23 May 2012.
  • Road to Rio+20 and Beyond, Rubens Harry Born, Vitae Civilis Institute, 22 May 2012.
  • Rio+20: "We Are Made Wise by the Responsibility of Our Future", Aiko Stevenson, Huffington Post, 21 May 2012.
  • How Green is My Occupy? Rio+20 Enviromentalists Team With #OWS, Jerry Ashton, Huffington Post, 17 May 2012.
  • Briefing Pack for Rio+20, Anglican Alliance, 11 May 2012.
  • The way to Rio+20: Legal Best Practices on Climate Change Policy, Sarah A Mason-Case et al., IDLO-CISDL, May 2012.
  • Rio+20 and the global environment: reflections on theory and practice, International Affairs, May 2012.
  • The Upcoming 'Rio+20' Earth Summit, EarthTalk, Health News Digest, 28 April 2012.
  • RIO+20 must commit to sustainable job creation, ITUC, International Metalworkers' Federation, 27 April 2012.
  • Rio+20: Future They Want, Dean Mwaanga, Zambia Daily Mail, 26 April 2012.
  • An Assessment of the June 2012 Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Christopher C. Horner, The Federalist Society, 24 April 2012.
  • A Plea for Rio+20: Don’t Commodify Nature , David Korten, Yes! Magazine, 24 April 2012.
  • UN Seeks New Powers to Remake World at Rio Sustainability Summit, Alex Newman, The New American, 22 April 2012.
  • Leaders of the whole UN system rally behind sustainable development goals, UNCSD, 20 April 2012.
  • Human rights and equity principles at risk at Rio2012, Social Watch, 20 April 2012.
  • DESA Provides Update on Preparations for Rio+20, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 20 April 2012.
  • Position Paper on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20): A Financial Sector Perspective, UNEP Financial Initiative, 19 April 2012.
  • U.N. in Last Ditch Bid to Finalise Rio+20 Action Plan , Thalif Deen, IPS, 19 April 2012.
  • As Rio+20 approaches, governments weigh the benefits of two paths to sustainability, Luis Flores, Consumers International, 18 April 2012.
  • Shaping post 2015 framework at Rio+20, Nelson Muffuf, UNDP, 18 April 2012.
  • Indigenous Peoples from around the World agree on solidarity: RIO+20, GJEP, 17 April 2012.
  • Providing scientific leadership towards Rio+20, UNESCO, 16 April 2012.
  • Reaffirmation of Women's Rights Key to Rio+20 Success, Thalif Deen, IPS, 16 April 2012.
  • UN Foundation and Devex Launch “Rio+Solutions” Campaign, Rolf Rosenkranz, Devex, 10 April 2012.
  • Declaration for Rio+20: A change of course is needed in the agricultural sector, Biovision, Fair Planet, 7 April 2012.
  • Making Rio+20 a Success, Morgan Bazilian et al., National Geographic, 4 April 2012.
  • Rio+20: Equity and Resilience for a Sustainable Future, Kit Vaughan, PECCN, April 2012.
  • 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.
  • Rio+20: The essential information, Vitae Civilis, Brazil, 13 March 2012.
  • Why Does Social Media Matter for Rio+20?, UNCSD, 12 March 2012.
  • Briefing on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 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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