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Mar 21, 2012

First Rio+20 Draft Calls for Greater Integration of Science & Sustainability

 The U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) will be held in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, 2012. The first draft of the "outcomes report"  (the hoped list for agreed resolutions) was released on 30 January 2012 and entitled Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing.  It calls for a greater integration science and sustainability at all policy levels.

Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing was drafted by ministers from Australia, Brazil, India and Sweden. It recommends that scientific inquiry provide more data on how humans impact their environment.  Special focus should be give to understanding the compounding impact of different environmental, economic and social pressures.

The Millennium Development Goals are expiring in 2012.  Initial discussions on Resilient People, Resilent Planet: A Future Worth Choosing were held in New York between 25–27 January 2012.  At this meeting, Sha Zukang, Secretary-General of the Rio+20 conference suggested at the Millennium Development Goals be replaced with the Millennium Development Goals.  This might include:

  • climate change
  • development
  • energy
  • food and agriculture
  • health
  • water
For more see:

Zorlu, Gozde and Mićo Tatalović, "UN 'Needs Greater Integration Between Science & Policy," SciDev.Net, 3 February 2012

Link to 'Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing'

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