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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About the author

  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.

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