United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) – Rio+20: What an effort for such a meager result

Hardy Vogtmann, Jürgen Maier


20 years after the “UN Conference on Environment and Development“ in Rio de Janeiro and 10 years after the “World Summit on Sustainable Development” in Johannesburg, the world community met again to look at the achievements of the far reaching action programmes from the previous conferences. At this year’s “World Summit on Sustainable Development” in Rio (Rio+20) a number of new topics were on the agenda for consultations: The so called “Green Economy” and the development of “Sustainable Development Goals” as political goals. In the institutional arena the upgrading of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to a United Nations Environment Organisation and a change in the UN-Sustainability Architecture.



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