On 6 June 2012, UNEP released its GEO 5 Assessment Report. While not directly related, the report, with is enormous amount of data, is a good preparation and information source for the upcoming Rio+20 conference while it is also an important lecture for everyone interested in the economical, environmental and sustainable development. Finally, it “outlines ways in which the race for development needs not be at the expense of the environment or the populations which rely upon it. Indeed, many of the projects that the publication analyses prove that development can be boosted through better understanding the value of natural resources. Above all, a redefinition of wealth that goes beyond Gross Domestic Product to a more sustainable metric could boost the quality of life and well-being of all communities, especially those in developing nations.”
More information, the full report and selected chapters can be found here.
The results are presented in preparation of the UN’s World Environment Day is celebrated annually on 5 June. This year, the event is hosted by Brazil under the theme Green Economy: Does it Include You?
Even if you can’t go to Rio in June, you can take part in the Rio+20 Conference on sustainable development. Here’s an open call for essays by the UN-Secretariat:
This June, at the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet. It is probably the most important global conversation, as it has the potential for determining whether we will galvanize action to achieve a sustainable future.
The official discussions will focus on two main themes: how to build a green economy to achieve sustainable development and lift people out of poverty; and how to improve international coordination for sustainable development. It is an historic opportunity to define pathways to a sustainable future – a future with more jobs, more clean energy, greater security and a decent standard of living for all.