Monthly Archives: June 2012

What Came Out of Rio: Some Specifics

“We are not here this week just to talk to each other,” was Prime Minister Gillard’s closing statement to her plenary speech. “We’re here to decide, to agree – and then to act.”  But the watered-down and non-binding nature of … Continue reading

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Where to From Rio+20?

Twenty years ago, Australian journalist Lenore Taylor was in Rio for the first Earth Summit.  I was nine years old. I knew – and cared – about environmental problems. But I assumed that by the time I was an adult, … Continue reading

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Youth Walk Out of Rio+20 Summit; Australia Pledges Funding

The Prime Minister’s office announced several new funding commitments today, in the lead up to her speech in the main plenary of the Rio+20 summit. Speaking at the Women Leader’s Forum this morning, the Prime Minister announced Australia would provide … Continue reading

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‘Are You Here to Save Face, Or to Save Us?’

In a surprise announcement, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has just appointed Prime Minister Gillard as Co-Chair of a body set up to accelerate progress on the Millenium Development Goals in the two years remaining before the 2015 deadline. But … Continue reading

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Final Text and Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Cross-posted from The text of the Rio+20 declaration is finalised. After a marathon negotiating session that extended into the early hours of this morning, countries finally reached agreement on a 53-page document entitled ‘The Future We Want’. With all … Continue reading

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A View From Across The Pond

One-On-One Interview with Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and current head of UNDP At the Rio+Social summit on social media today, I had the pleasure of an interview with Helen Clarke, head of the United Nations Development Program … Continue reading

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Rio+20: Form Guide 101

Why is it called Rio+20?  Twenty years ago, an historic international gathering was held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. Heads of State, government delegations and civil society organisations ascended on the Riocentro convention centre to forge a global framework designed … Continue reading

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