The much-talked about U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development, which kicks off today, June 20, has generated a lot of debate in recent days. Think you’ve got all issues covered?
The following people have provided some interesting insights on the issues expected to be discussed in the event:
Stephen Lacey, writes about clean energy policy, technology and finance for Climate Progress. In her June 19 blog post, Lacey calls on the international community to look at Rio+20 as just a step toward sustainable development, and not the end goal.
John Vidal, the Guardian’s environment editor who was at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, wonders whether ‘the days of hope and idealism’ are over.
Yvo do Boer, former U.N. climate chief and climate change adviser for accounting firm KPMG, discusses the private sector’s role in sustainable development.
Joan Clos, U.N. Habitat executive director, explains how rapid urbanization could be an asset for countries.
Below are some of the side events happening this week at Rio+20:
Here, meanwhile, are a few more reports and statements on the event:
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