Rio+20: where it should lead

Thu, 28/06/2012 - 20:31

 The Rio+20 Earth Summit, coming during a prolonged global economic downturn, served as a rare opportunity to reconnect with our hopes for the world. It initialises a chance to think beyond the acute phase of the financial crisis to ...


Reflections on Rio – reaffirming and renewing rhetoric but has anything really changed?

Mon, 25/06/2012 - 22:25

As the 50,000 participants travel home after ten days of discussing The Future We Want, the outcome document from th...


Latest news from BirdLife delegates at Rio+20

Fri, 22/06/2012 - 08:01

Carolina Hazin, who works at BirdLife's Global Secretariat on Biodiversity Policy, is currently in Brazil attending the RIO+20 conference. Carolina is writing and compiling posts from BirdLife Partne...


Commitment of missing Head of States to RIO+20 questioned

Thu, 21/06/2012 - 15:59

Thursday, 1500: I'm at the plenary of the Rio Conference at this very moment listening what Heads of States or ministers have to say to the world. Morales, president of Boliviacl...


Civil Society influence on RIO+20 minimal as Governments fail to listen

Thu, 21/06/2012 - 09:19

It was by far the most punchy statement. As the representative of the NGOs for the major groups spoke at the opening plenary of the high level session o...


Sign 'the future we don't want' e-petition

Tue, 19/06/2012 - 21:52

RIO+20 negotiations are not going to give the future than many people and the planet needs. An e-petition has been started  'the future we don' t want'. They will  presen...


It's all about economics at Rio

Mon, 18/06/2012 - 11:19

Anybody attending Rio+20 so far will have little doubt that the three pillars of sustainable development are yet to get equal billing on the agenda. The focus is very much on the economic pillar. Jumping fro...


Whose interests are being addressed at RIO+20?

Sat, 16/06/2012 - 18:19

The United Nations opened an invaluable space for discussion with civil society. At the end of each day, during the prep com meetings, co-chairs of the conference and secretariat staff spend an hour at ...


Rio+20 is an opportunity to fast-track the transition to the Green Economy

Thu, 14/06/2012 - 11:01

While significant development progress has been achieved over the past two decades, with almost 650 million people moving out of extreme poverty, ...


'We can't fail!' - but still to agree position

Thu, 14/06/2012 - 10:24

And the meetings have now started! Yesterday, Mr. Sha Zukang, Secretary-General of Rio+20, opened the 3rd Preparatory Meeting to the Rio Conference. He announced that ...


Sustainablity: new 'Spotlight' on BirdLife's Data Zone

Tue, 12/06/2012 - 11:39

Humanity has now reached a point where its collective size and individual expectations have grown to a point where we have started to deplete the Earth’s re...


RIO+20: The Future I Want by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Sat, 09/06/2012 - 10:28

The UN is offering all of us to have our say on the future we want. The ideas are posted online and recommendations will be presented to leaders at the Conference. You can ...

Mark Avery's daily blog from RIO+20

Fri, 01/06/2012 - 13:58

Dr Mark Avery, former Conservation Director of the RSPB (BirdLife in the UK), is a writer on the environment. Each day on 1-20 June he is writing a blog about biodiversity, sustainability and global issue...