During the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, leaders from the World Bank wrote about the issues being discussed in the halls and meeting rooms, the growing power of partnerships committed to action, and the urgent need to raise the level of ambition in the negotiations.
Rio+ 20 is an important global stage upon which those committed to action from government, the private sector, and society can show how they plan to demonstrate that we can accelerate progress, if we change the way we grow. Read more.
Latin America is home to world-class innovative projects, but it also faces far-reaching challenges for the future in terms of green growth. The decisions that we take today will shape development for the next 20 or 30 years. Read more.
At the Global Ocean Forum – a gathering of ocean thinkers and doers on the sidelines of the Rio +20 conference – we introduced the growing number of private and public sector supporters of the Global Partnership for Oceans. Read more.
There may not be the buzz of `92 – yet. But, the sense of urgency, action, and recognition of the need to up the level of ambition at Rio is evident among the NGOs, legislators and private sector groups I've meet with - all of them critical to sustainable development. Read more.
While government representatives attend interminable sessions to reach a consensus on the final text for the Sustainable Development summit, legislators from 85 countries managed to reach an agreement in record time. Read more.
Every single country in which we work is trying to figure their way through the nexus of food security, water security, and providing energy access to households and businesses so these countries can continue to grow. We need to work together – and with enough capital – to find a way to manage landscapes in an integrated way. Read more.
In the current economic climate, it is not easy to find public funding for access, renewable energy and energy efficiency. That's why the private sector has a valuable role to play in meeting the Sustainable Energy for All goals. Read more.
With three presidents, two prime ministers, one deputy prime minister, a host of ministers, top corporate leaders and civil society groups in the room, we announced that the 50:50 campaign to get at least 50 countries and 50 companies to commit to acting on natural capital accounting was an overwhelming success. Read more.
The draft Rio+20 Declaration includes four paragraphs on forests that stress the importance of sustainable forest management in meeting "many of the most pressing sustainable development challenges." It also recognizes that "urgent action" is needed on "promoting conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystems." Read more.