As the UN climate negotiations resume in Bangkok this week, in preparation of the Doha summit later this year, the question is where the June Rio+20 conference on sustainable development has left us on climate change?
CIDSE's Policy and Advocacy Officer Denise Auclair about the quick rise to fame of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
During a side-event at the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development, CIDSE’s Gisele Henriques called on governments to act on land grabbing and implement the UN-endorsed Voluntary Guidelines to Land
Justin Kilcullen, Director of CIDSE's Irish member Trócaire, writes about the Rio+20 conference and Trocaire's new climate research.
(Rio de Janeiro, 22/6/2012) The UN Conference on Sustainable Development ‘Rio+20 (20-22 June)’ failed to deliver concrete measures to tackle climate, food and financial crises, without which sustainable development remains a far away dream.
(Rio de Janeiro, 21 June 2012)Today, a high level delegation of Church and civil society leaders encouraged Poland to take a new path towards a more sustainable society in a meeting with Polish Under-Secretary of State for the Environment Beata Jaczewska. The delegation, organised by the international alliance of Catholic development agencies CIDSE, also urged European Commissioner Connie Hedegaard to make sure the EU reaffirms its role as climate leader to make low carbon societies a reality.
In Rio de Janeiro, the differences between Copacabana and the Rocinha favela exemplify what is wrong with our world, but hopes that Rio+20 will result in bold action are fading.
CIDSE participated in the Marcha dos Povos (People's March), organised by the People's Summit, parellel event of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development ' Rio+20' (Rio de Janeiro, 20 June 2012).
Negotiations on the final declaration of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development are drawing to a close, with some observers reporting that a final text is ready for heads of state and government to rubberstamp. The international alliance of Catholic development agencies CIDSE denounces the current text, which fails to do what the world urgently needs for a more sustainable and just future.
In 1992 a 13 year old girl asked world leaders attending the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit to stop breaking the planet, if they weren’t able to fix it. Twenty years later leaders gather again in Rio to discuss measures to make our world more sustainable, but sadly there has been too much breaking and too little fixing in the meantime.