Reaffirming Sustainable Development Commitments

Volume 1

Publisher: TWN
ISBN: 978-967-0747-06-4
Year: 2015   No. of pages: 214
21 cm x 30 cm

About the Book

This is a compilation of Third World Network’s reports on the Rio+20 intergovernmental negotiation process as well as some broad analysis of the progress that has been made in implementing the original 1992 Rio Summit commitments on sustainable development. We highlight the fact that there has been weak implementation, with considerable regression on the agreed principles and commitments by developed countries. Though the 1992 Rio Principles were ultimately reaffirmed after considerable debate, unless the regression process is arrested and progress renewed, the future for the planet and its inhabitants will be a bleak one. In Volume 2 the reports on the negotiations on Sustainable Development Goals, a major follow-up from Rio+20, are compiled.


1.     An assessment of the Rio Summit on Sustainable Development

2.     Overview of key issues in the Rio+20 outcome document

3.     Preparations for 2012 sustainable development conference kick off

4.     The “green economy” debate unfolds in the UN

5.     The future of “sustainable development”                                                                                        

6.     Global debate on “green economy”                                                                                                

7.     New challenges 20 years after the Earth Summit

8.     Meeting on reform options for sustainable development institutions

9.     Meeting ends with “Solo Messages” on sustainable development

10.    The road to Earth Summit, 20 years later

11.    Rio+20 conference should reaffirm principles of Rio 1992, say developing countries

12.    Divergent views continue on “green economy”

13.    Global Sustainability Panel calls for deeper integration of economic, social and environmental pillars, more equity

14.    Rio+20 intersessional discusses proposals for outcome document

15.    Preliminary comments by Third World Network on the zero draft of the Rio+20 outcome document

16.    Negotiations inch forward on Rio+20 outcome document

17.    First round of negotiations on Rio+20 conference kicks off

18.    Key issues for Rio Plus 20                                                                                                            

19.    Rio+20 outcome must incorporate human rights norms

20.    First reading of Rio+20 outcome document concluded

21.    Rio+20 Summit issues hotly debated                                                                                             

22.    North-South divide over Rio+20 outcome document

23.    Another attempt to save the planet?

24.    Human rights are essential for sustainable development, says UN High Commissioner

25.    Slow progress on renewing political commitment, gaps assessment, institutional issues

26.    North-South divergence remains deep on key issues

27.    Clash of views over green economy and roadmap                                                                        

28.    New UN institutions for sustainable development?

29.    Negotiations extended on outcome document                                                                               

30.    Debate on “sustainable development goals” and thematic issues

31.    No agreement and deep division on “green economy”

32.    Sustainable development goals – a key deliverable?

33.    Developed countries oppose new and additional funding proposals

34.    Developed countries backtrack on technology transfer

35.    “Common but differentiated responsibilities” under threat

36.    Rio+20 Summit: the key issues                                                                                                     

37.    UN plans new Development Agenda                                                                                              

38.    Tourism: the future we want?                                                                                                       

39.    Rich nations backtracking on the road to Rio Summit

40.    Meetings begin in Rio, little hope of completing draft

41.    Progress on means of implementation first, then “green economy”, says G77

42.    “Pre-conference informal consultations” by Brazil to begin on outcome document

43.    G77 and China tables new proposal on finance and technology

44.    Differences remain despite some common understanding on “green economy” approach

45.    SDGs – divergences over CBDR principle and listing of priorities continue

46.    Renewing political commitment fraught with differences

47.    Hour of truth arrives for Rio+20                                                                                                   

48.    “Common but differentiated responsibilities” debates take a turn

49.    Final text of outcome document adopted                                                                                        

50.    Overview of outcome and negotiations of “green economy”

51.    Rio+20 Summit kicks off with calls for action                                                                                

52.    Debate on SDGs prior to adoption of outcome document during negotiations

53.    Tough fight over means of implementation                                                                                    

54.    Rio+20: Summit adopts text, ends with positive speeches

55.    Renewed political commitments obtained                                                                                       

56.    Rio+20: Mandated follow-up actions are key            

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