From Rio+20 to a New Development Agenda: Building a Bridge to a Sustainable Future

From Rio+20 to a New Development Agenda: Building a Bridge to a Sustainable Future

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ISBN-13: 9781134751549
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 01/21/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Felix Dodds is Former Executive Director of the Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute, and on the board of Advisors for the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security, Asia European Foundation ENVforum Steering Committee and the Great Transition. 

Jorge Laguna-Celis is the Senior Advisor on sustainable development to the President of the UN General Assembly; prior to that he was a negotiator and expert on international environmental governance and sustainable development. Since 2006 he has been a member of the Mexican Foreign Service and is based in New York, USA.

Liz Thompson is a former Minister of Energy and Environment of Barbados. She was honoured by UNEP in 2008 with the prestigious "Champion of the Earth" award for her work in climate change and environment. She was one of two executive coordinators appointed by the UN at the level of Assistant Secretary General to support the Rio+20 process and negotiations.

Table of Contents


1. The Re-birth of Sustainable Development 

President Lula da Silva’s & Brazil’s case for a Rio+20 

The 2008 crisis as a catalyst for breaking the silos between development and sustainable development 

The old order changes and the emergence of new players in the developing world 

The science underpinning an integrated approach towards development 

2. Chronicling the Key shapers of Rio+20 

How was Rio+20 constructed 

The formal preparations process and the lessons to be drawn 

The political role of the UN Secretary-General 

Innovative partnerships supporting Rio+20 

The informal process in New York and its importance for consensus building 

International meetings that gave Rio+20 a global impact 

Stakeholders preparations and their growing influence in the policy definition process 

The transition from the informal and the global to the textual of The Future We Want 

Enabling UN leaders behind Rio+20 

The Rio+20 Secretariat

3. How did it All Come to Happen? 

The decisions that were required to start building a new development framework 

Key divergences as the meeting started 

The Group of developing countries too diverse to negotiate as a single block? 

The European Union and Rio+20 

The United States of America and Rio+20 

A final push to conclude the process 

No perfect outcome: the gaps in The Future We Want 

4. Multiplying Commitments 


The stakeholder dialogue days 

Voluntary commitments 

National sustainable development councils and economic and social committees 

Subnational and local government 

Future Earth 

Education and training 

World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability  

Initiatives on transparency and access to information 

Sustainable Energy 4 All (SE4All) and commitments and achievements at Rio+20 

Financial commitments 

5. From Rio+20 to 2015 and the New Development Agenda 

Was Rio+20 a failure or a success? 

A new inspiring narrative: development for all within the limits of our planet 

Institutions for a new development agenda 

How can universal sustainable development goals build a single yet differentiated development agenda? 

Resource mobilization and financing for sustainable development 

A reformed Economic and Social Council and the High Level Political Forum 

The UN Environment Assembly and a new governance model for environmental sustainability 

The role of stakeholders in global policy making 

Ahead of January 2016 

Appendix I: Stakeholder Forum 

Appendix II: Earth Negotiations Bulletin

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