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Rio+20 and Sustainable Development:
useful links

This page contains links to websites to help you research issues related to Sustainable Development. Our Planet magazine does not, however, endorse the viewpoints of any of the groups to which we link, and we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information posted on these sites. Rather, we hope to provide you with a broad range of opinions and perspectives.


Earth Summits

Rio+20
www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/
The Conference will take place in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg.

The 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development
www.facebook.com/UNRioplus20
To interact with the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
www.un.org/en/development/desa/index.html
The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and its predecessors have helped countries around the world meet their economic, social and environmental challenges for more than 50 years.



Sustainable Resouces & Development

UNEP and the Green Economy Initiative
www.unep.org/greeneconomy/
UNEPís Green Economy Initiative provides a range of advisory services to more than 20 governments around the world. Underpinning all dimensions of the Green Economy Initiative is a focus on robust economic research and policy analysis.

International Institute for Sustainable Development
www.iisd.org/ IISD
champions sustainable development around the world through innovation, partnerships, research and communications.

MDG-F Environment and Climate Change
www.mdgfund.org/content/environmentandclimatechange
Shows efforts contributing to achieving MDG 7 on environmental sustainability particularly the target of integrating the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and reversing the loss of environmental resources.

REN21
www.ren21.net REN21
convenes international multistakeholder leaders to enable a rapid global transition to renewable energy. REN21 promotes renewable energy to meet the needs of both industrialised and developing countries that are driven by climate change, energy security, development and poverty alleviation.

IRENA
www.irena.org
Recognising the huge potential of renewable energy, IRENAís Member-States have joined together to establish an international organization dedicated to facilitate the rapid development and deployment of renewable energy worldwide.

World Business Council for Sustainable Development
www.wbcsd.org/about.aspx
The WBCSD is a CEO-led organization of forwardthinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment.

International Institute for Environment and Development
www.iied.org/ IIED
was launched in 1971 by renowned economist and policy advisor Barbara Ward, making it one of the very first organizations to link environment with development.

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
www.iclei.org/index.php?id=about
ICLEI is an association of over 1,220 local government members, who are committed to sustainable development.

Sustainable Energy Finance Initiative (SEFI)
www.sefi.unep.org/
SEFI provides financiers with the tools, support and global network needed to conceive and manage investments in the complex and rapidly changing marketplace for clean energy technologies.

UNEP Risoe Centre on Energy, Climate and Sustainable Development
www.uneprisoe.org/ UNEP
Risoe supports UNEP in its aims to incorporate environmental and development aspects into energy planning and policy worldwide.

UNEPís International Resource Panel
www.unep.org/resourcepanel/
The International Resource Panel was set up in 2007 to develop holistic approaches to the management of global resources.

UNEPís Energy website
www.unep.org/themes/energy/
Information on UNEPís key activities to address the environmental consequences of energy production and use at the global and regional levels.



UN Environment Programme 40th Anniversary
www.unep.org/40thAnniversary/
In celebration of UNEPís 40 years, the website marks key events, negotiations and experiences that have taken place and includes photos of the times.