About: Rio Earth Summit

Biomass 25-06-2012

Was there an Earth Summit?

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) plays an important role in sketching out solutions, but at the moment other lobbyists and the big players in conventional energy have more influence, says Karlheinz Knickel.

Rio must get it right

The Rio+20 summit cannot afford weak results and must kick off the global transition to a sustainable growth model for the 21st century, writes Connie Hedegaard.
Agrifood 22-03-2012

Europe needs to nurture a new generation of farmers

The Common Agricultural Policy's reform needs to be decoupled from strict, technical standards that will be unappealing to younger generations if we are to have a sustainable farm policy, writes Staffan Nilsson.
Climate change 13-02-2012

UNEP and the green economy: 40 years in development

Following four decades of UNEP initiatives on the environment and the green economy, attention turns to the Rio+20 summit where the idea of a true green economy could gain flesh and bones, writes Achim Steiner, from UN Environment Programme.
Brexit 19-01-2012

Rio+20: We need more flesh on the bones

European institutions should work together to come out with a compact programme that would allow EU negotiators to hold the leading role in the forthcoming Rio Earth Summit, says Staffan Nilsson, president of the European Economic and Social Committee, and EU consultative body.

Resource-efficiency: Europe can set a global example

The European Commission's roadmap for a resource-efficient Europe proposes a decent way forward to transform the Union into a sustainable economy, writes Bas de Leeuw from the World Resources Forum.