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ODI On... Rio+20: the UN Conference on Sustainable Development

20 - 22 June 2012

Rio +20 will focus on pivotal environmental, economic and social issues for the future. ODI work will respond to the key debates taking place at this crucial conference.


Sustainable Development Goals: From 'silo thinking' towards an integrated approach. Insights from the European Report on Development

Event - Seminar - 19 June 2012 13:30 - 15:00 (GMT-03)

The Rio+20 Conference is leading a new agenda around Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), combining economic, social and environmental targets. Poor countries and the poorest people within them need growth and access to natural resources for human development – which will require socioeconomic targets. Increased pressures on the planet’s natural resources will require environmental targets.

The discussion on the SDGs should provide the opportunity to not only look at each resource individually, but also take account of the extensive linkages among resources such as water, energy and land (the “WEL nexus”).

The new European Report on Development (ERD) "Confronting Scarcity: Managing water, energy and land for inclusive and sustainable growth" suggests an ambitious integrated approach, which would embrace this nexus, avoiding perverse solutions and stimulating innovation.

The ERD 2012 is an independent report prepared by ODI, DIE-GDI and ECDPM, and supported by the European Commission and seven EU Member States, including the UK. More information about the ERD: http://www.erd-report.eu/

What can we expect from Rio+20?

Event - Round-table - 12 June 2012 14:30 - 16:30 (GMT+00)

The roundtable, hosted by Lord Boateng, former Chief Secretary to the Treasury and British High Commissioner to South Africa, will bring together UK stakeholders to discuss hopes and expectations ahead of the Summit, regarding sustainable development and progression toward greener economies. Dirk Willem te Velde will be speaking at the event.

Managing the water-land-energy nexus for sustainable development

Publication - Articles and blogs - 11 June 2012
UN Chronicle Vol. XLIX No. 1 and 2
Holger Hoff, Charles Iceland, Johan Kuylenstierna and Dirk Willem te Velde
This article explores the pressures on natural resources in a land shaped by climate change and growing demand for goods and services, such as food and energy. The article argues that the priority must be to address current water, energy, and food insecurity in particular, of the world’s poorest, to provide a healthy diet, safe water, and access to modern energy for all, going beyond the Millennium Development Goals. However, this goal should not only be pursued at the household level, but also at the industrial development level to enable economic development for all countries.

Rio +20: Keeping our eyes on the prize

Opinion - Articles and blogs - 6 June 2012

Rio +20 (or the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development) is feted as a critical opportunity to bring together two divergent paths: international negotiations on the environment and international commitments to sustainable development. But this is not a new agenda. After all, the official title of the original 1992 Rio ‘Earth Summit’  was the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.

Claire Melamed

What can Rio+20 achieve?

Opinion - Podcasts and audio - 31 May 2012

This month's Global development podcast looks ahead to the Rio+20 talks and asks what they may mean for sustainable development.

The discussion looks back 20 years to see where this all began, explores arguments for a "green economy" (a key conference theme) and the role of business in sustainable development, and considers what is at stake for the People's summit.

European Report on Development 2011/2012 - Confronting scarcity: managing water, energy and land for inclusive and sustainable growth

Publication - Research reports and studies - 16 May 2012
Dirk Willem te Velde (Overseas Development Institute) James Mackie (European Centre for Development Policy Management) and Imme Scholz (Deutsche Institut für Entwicklungspolitik)
The third edition of the European Report on Development focuses on water, energy and land. It examines the constraints on each, the interrelationships between them and then considers how they can be managed together to promote growth in developing countries that is both socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.
Claire Melamed

Rio+20 must... do the impossible

Opinion - Articles and blogs - 10 May 2012
'The level of ambition of those outside the Rio process is not matched by those within it. The last round of negotiations on the ‘Outcome document’ finished in New York at the end of last week, and the signs are that concrete agreements will be hard to come by.'
UK Parliament covered in fog
UK Parliament covered in fog

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Sustainable Development Goals - Feasible, desirable or a leap too far?

Event - Public event - 8 May 2012 13:00 - 14:30 (GMT+01 (BST))

This summer’s United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) will centre on the ambition to create a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS). However many questions remain unanswered about how these goals would work in practice.

Separated at birth, reunited in Rio? A roadmap to bring environment and development back together

Publication - Discussion papers - 8 May 2012
Linking development and environmental objectives through policy initiatives is not an easy task. This Background Note sets out to explain why reconciling the two agendas has been so difficult at a practical level, and suggests how Rio+20 could start to bridge the gaps between the two.
Dirk Willem te Velde

How to get the future we want

Opinion - Articles and blogs - 20 April 2012
With the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 Conference) on 20-22 June fast approaching, the world is reflecting on what has been achieved in the 20 years since the last Rio Summit and how the ongoing challenges can be tackled. According to the European Report on Development 2011/2012 Team Leader, Dr Dirk Willem te Velde, galvanising people, firms and governments into action needs much more debate and acknowledgment of the severity of the new challenges for the people living in poverty.
Claire Melamed

Big thinking and big ambition: but a rocky road to Rio

Opinion - Articles and blogs - 16 January 2012

In June this year 50,000 people will descend on Rio de Janeiro in Brazil for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.  As it’s the follow up to a similar conference held in the same place 20 years ago, the event has, informally, been given the rather more digestible title of ‘Rio+20’.  It’s a big one, even by the standards of UN conferences, with over 100 heads of state flying in for the occasion.

Rio+20: The future we want, the debate we need

Opinion - Articles and blogs - 16 January 2012

The co-chairs of the UN Rio+20 ‘Earth Summit’ Preparatory Committee have released a zero draft outcome document entitled ‘The future we want’. This 19-page document opens with the vision and renewal of political commitments on sustainable development, followed by a discussion of the major themes of the conference (a green economy and institutional framework), and a framework for action.

DIE-Alumni Conference: Rio+20 planet under stress

Opinion - Films and videos - 9 September 2011
Alison Evans speaks to Dr Dirk Messner, Director of the Deutsches Institut fur Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), during the DIE Alumni Conference 2011 about the Rio Conference and possible impact on the development agenda.

The Rio+20 conference has the potential to be a milestone almost as significant as the Rio Earth Summit of 1992, which brought sustainable development into the mainstream of development policy and launched the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the Convention to Combat Desertification, as well as Agenda 21.

The Rio conference will focus on pivotal environmental, economic and social issues for the future. ODI work will respond to the key debates, including:

  • the role of goals and policy initiatives in moving the agenda forward and the post-2015 (post-MDGs) framework, where Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) covering energy, food and water for all have been proposed
  • how to deliver climate-compatible development, which is the focus of the Climate and Development Knowledge Network,  and inclusive and sustainable growth –the focus of the recent European Report on Development covering the management of the water, energy and land nexus
  • ways to develop green and growing economies, as well as the economic instruments and private sector actions to support them.

United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
Climate and Environment
International Economic Development Group
Growth, Poverty and Inequality