Tag Archives: Rio+20

The Case for EU Leadership on Global Climate Change (By Eva Yu)

Following the unsuccessful UN negotiations at COP15 in 2009, Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC) met with the US to draft an agreement to address climate change. These states signed a non-binding arrangement to keep global warming to two degrees but neglected to set targets for cuts in carbon emissions. The multilateral backroom deal […]

Q&A with Purpose’s Alnoor Ladha at Rio+Social

“Social media is inherently superficial; structural problems are inherently complex.” -Alnoor Ladha, Founder of Purpose and The Rules, a new global movement to address the sources of poverty. Why change The Rules? Most of the structures to date that create rules are post-World War II institutions, they were created for a very different world, for […]

Cities of the Past, Cities of the Future (By Michael Belinsky)

Why do cities exist? One theory holds that cities are more productive than less dense and smaller concentrations of people. The source of this productivity may result because urban concentration reduces transportation costs for goods and people. Or because proximity increases the flow of ideas. More people, more diversity, and a higher concentration means that […]

Are We Going to Sink, Swim, or Do Something About It? (By Sherry Hakimi)

In a recent episode of “The Colbert Report” the comedian Stephen Colbert mocked an issue he called “near and dear to my heart, and more importantly, near and dear to my beach house in South Carolina”– that is, the very real possibility of rising sea levels destroying coastal towns as a result of climate change: […]

Evergreen Jobs: Sustainable Employment in Sustainable Sectors (By Michael Belinsky)

The creation of “green jobs” is a way to kill several birds with one stone – employment, energy, and the environment. Rio+20 certainly has the potential to further the dialogue around the creation of green jobs. For one, government regulation is a significant driver of green job creation. I saw this directly when working in […]

Rio+20 Is Around the Corner…And Everyone Needs To Do More

Rio+20 is coming up next week, and frankly, it’s not receiving nearly enough attention from Western policymakers. Today, Timothy E. Wirth, President of the Better World Fund and the United Nations Foundation and a member of the Secretary-General’s High-level Group on Sustainable Energy for All, wrote in the Huffington Post that “United Nations Secretary-General Ban […]

A “Brief” Focus on Disaster Management (By Michael Belinsky)

In a little over two weeks, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, nicknamed Rio+20 for its location and timing, will kick off in Brazil. The Conference will cover a green economy in the context of sustainable development poverty eradication, and the institutional framework for sustainable development. These two themes will contain sub-themes of “jobs, energy, […]