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The Collaborative Future: From Rio +20 to World Water Day
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We have many issues that separate us, but we all drink from the same world-wide well, we share Water in common. A focus on
New Cultural Lenses to Create a Sustainable Future
philosopher, passionate about culture, music, sports and peace
The willingness to adapt and change, the curiosity to look beyond and find more to be discovered, more to contribute to, more to advance, more to develop, more to make progress lies within the human arrow of learning and teaching.
Brazil Can Put Safety and Justice at the Heart of Global Development
Research Director, Igarapé Institute
The Sustainable Development Goals are about much more than achieving a diplomatic consensus. Starting next year, they will serve as a road-map for driving development around the world, including the world's poorest countries.
This is the Future I Want
16-year old senior at Long Island City High School
Trees are down all over my neighborhood and at night it is pitch dark, with only the moon as light. I feel paralyzed with cold. It is a freezing chill that goes deep to the bone and makes me worried about the future I can have on this planet.
Obama's International Clean Energy Strategy, a Tale of Two Agencies
Climate and Energy at the ClimateWorks Foundation. All Views m...
With the clean energy market topping $263 billion globally, and a solar trade war raging, the ending to this tale is crucial for U.S. competitiveness in the technologies of the future.
Former professional scuba diver Don C. Reed is a stem cell res...
By the sheer number of initiatives in this arena and the degree to which other efforts are trying to hitch their wagon to the trend, it is clear that something important is afoot. Will merely knowing more about these impacts necessarily lead to dramatically better sustainability outcomes?
After Rio+20: What Now for the Ocean?
Susan Lieberman, Ph.D
Vice President for International Policy, Wildlife Conservation...
While perceptions may differ about the value of the overall outcomes for this year's Earth Summit, I believe most would agree that it is unthinkable to endure another decade marked by inertia in the face of the ongoing collapse of vital ocean ecosystems.
We Can't Put a Price on Nature
Executive Director, Food & Water Watch/Food & Water Action Fund
The so-called "green economy," which governments, business leaders, and some environmental organizations touted at last month's summit in Rio de Janeiro, is actually a greenwashed economy.
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The Light at the End of the Summit
Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber
UAE Minister of State, Special Envoy for Energy & Climate ...
Last week, the first step was taken at the United Nations to form the working group that will elaborate these goals. As a serious advocate for SDGs, I believe this step is worthy of reflection.
Business Corps Volunteers Advance Long-Term Development in Rio
Global Corporate Citizenship Advisor, Business Civic Leadershi...
We know that healthy communities and investment in workforce development are good for business. And after six months of work, the International Business Corps is already producing tremendous results for the NGOs, companies, corporate volunteers, and communities in Rio de Janeiro.
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Reflections on Rio: Encouraging Cloud Over the Earth Summit
S. Jacob Scherr
Senior Advisor, Natural Resources Defense Council
Since returning from Rio, I have already participated in a number of debriefings about the summit. I am pleased to see the interest, but dismayed to find many people have already accepted the message that the Summit had been a "flop" or a "failure."
Why it Matters That 15 Women in Rural Bangladesh Have Pictures of Me in Their Phones
Dr. Layla McCay
Secretariat Director, Global Public Private Partnership for Ha...
When I asked the women I met in rural Bangladesh how many owned phones, most did. But when I probed on what they used them for, the answer was calling and photos.
Rio+20: Success of Failure?
Senator of the Republic through the state of Tocantins, Brazil
International summits do not necessarily have the dramatic intensity to satisfy our appetite for spectacle. However, they do serve an important function for the dissemination of ideas which goes beyond appearances. This will certainly be the case with Rio +20.
Rio+20: Why It Failed?
Researcher, journalist and activist on environmental issues
The Rio+20 UN conference on sustainable development is over. The conference declaration, titled "The Future We Want," is a weak and meaningless document.
Women Leave Rio+20 Motivated to Galvanize Sustainability Around Family Planning and Reproductive Rights
Founder & CEO, Big Green Purse
The Rio+20 outcome document -- though 49 pages long and consisting of 23,917 words -- mentions women in less than 0.01 percent of the entire text.
Rio+20 Earth Summit: Miracles Can Happen
3rd Generation Ocean Explorer, Documentary Film Maker and Voic...
The road to success is often riddled with challenges and failures. No matter the outcomes that transpire at Rio+20, we must never give up the fight for the rights of future generations to be able to enjoy what we have taken for granted.
Reflections on Rio+20: Who Are These New Environmentalists Undaunted by Political Gridlock?
President & CEO, U.S. Green Building Council & Green Business ...
I firmly believe a new generation of pragmatic and committed leaders was hard at work at the conference in Rio. Our job now is to identify who these leaders are and how to work with them to ensure they succeed.
Rio Dialogues Part III: Impact on Rio+20 and the Way Forward
Activist/Organizer, Social Entrepreneur, Journalist
Indeed, the dialogues were an innovative process to the UN system that leaves many wondering if such a process will become a staple of UN engagement with civil society.
'The Future We Want'
Founder and President, Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation
What Rio+20 has demonstrated is that we can no longer stand by and wait for world leaders to provide solutions to prevent us from reaching the tipping point, or point of no return.
To Understand Rio+20, Put on Your 3D Glasses
Michael Northrop is the Program Director for Sustainable Devel...
Simultaneously we will need to demand that our governments change their approach and get serious. Time is short.
Rio +20: Point of No Return?
Professor, Georgetown University
The resonance of these spiritual and moral insights will grow as we move forward and that spiritual arguments will compel action at least as powerfully as the convictions of science.
Asia Should Lead in Sustainable Development
Former President, Timor-Leste, 1996 Nobel Peace Prize laureate
Rather than attempting to forge the one agreement that will change the course of the world, or being satisfied with one without much substance, it may be more realistic, practical and effective to think on a regional level.
Rio+20 Earth Summit: Putting a Human Face on Climate Change Around the World
Chief Program Officer, Natural Resources Defense Council
Fighting climate change has not been a front-burner issue at the Rio+20 Earth Summit. But it has been a priority that underlies many of the discussions and actions that we see from the thousands who are here in Rio.
Rio+20: A Crisis Is a Terrible Thing to Waste
Environmental Journalist and academic
On Friday afternoon, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development convened. Dubbed Rio+20, the conference was the largest UN summit ever held and marked the 20-year anniversary of the original Earth Summit also held in Rio.
Nursing Fellow Burmese in Thailand Against Many Odds
Web TV/Podcasts on Global Issues
Hundreds of thousands of Burmese exist in refugee-like circumstances throughout Thailand, with at least a quarter of a million of them said to have fled human rights violations, though most if not all are treated as illegal immigrants by the Thai government.
Making Peace With the Oceans
Oceans Advocate & Campaign Strategist
Our oceans are the heart of this planet. They provide all of humanity with the very essentials necessary for life. Ranging from the food we eat to the air we breathe, we all depend on the oceans to generate what we need to simply survive.
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