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Rio +20 Blog Posts: Inside the Conference

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 and the growing power of partnerships committed to action.



June 14: Expectations for Rio

Rio +20: A Global Stage
By Rachel Kyte

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.

UN Photo/Maria Elisa Franco

Rio +20, Latin America & the World Bank
By Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez

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.

Background: World Bank's 6 Key Issues for Rio
June 16: Oceans Day

A Little Less Conversation, A Little More Action on Oceans
By Rachel Kyte

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.

Press Release: Oceans Declaration
Infographic: Our Living Resource
June 17: Ambition Needed

Upping the Level of Ambition at Rio
By Rachel Kyte

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.

UN Photo/Maria Elisa Franco

When Legislators Make Their Voices Heard
By Sergio Jellinek

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.

GLOBE legislators. World Bank/Mariana Ceratti
June 18: Agriculture Day

It's All Connected: Landscape Approaches to Sustainable Development
By Rachel Kyte

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.

Press Release: Fund to Boost Food Security
June 19: Energy & the Private Sector

Meeting Sustainable Energy Challenges by Seizing Private Sector Opportunities
By Viviene Foster

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.

Press Release: World Bank to Double Leverage of Energy Lending
June 20: Natural Capital Accounting

Rio Buzzing About Natural Capital Accounting
By Rachel Kyte

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.

Forests: What's Up in Rio?
By Flore Martinant de Preneuf

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.

Forests and fields in Indonesia. World Bank/Curt Carnemark
Press Release: The 50:50 Campaign
June 21: Inclusive Green Growth

Gender Equality: Smart Economics & Smart Business
By Rachel Kyte

Women have made great strides in the past 20 years, but the tussle over language here in Rio reminds us there is still work to be done supporting and investing in women to realize their rights and the growth that will result.
Read more.

The Greening (?) of Agriculture in Latin America
By John Nash

To become more climate smart, agriculture must reduce the environmental footprint of the sector, driven by deforestation, livestock production, and unsustainable production practices. Read more.

Infographic: Why Inclusive Green Growth
Press Release: Development Banks & Their Role in Green Growth
June 22: Looking Ahead

How a Week in Rio Leads to an Active Monday Morning
By Rachel Kyte

We came to Rio+20 knowing that inclusive green growth is the pathway to sustainable development, and the evidence here is that this international community agrees. So, let's get on with it. I have my plan for Monday morning. What's yours? Read more.

UN Photo/Maria Elisa Franco

Last updated: 2012-06-22



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