RIO+20 | United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
20 - 22 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
FES Geneva events and activities related to Rio+20
Leading up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), or Rio+20, 20-22 June 2012, FES Geneva is cooperating with a vast array of partners to raise awareness and stimulate debate around issues of green economy and sustainable development.
Consultation Meeting with the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Environmental Law and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
11 May 2012
Side Event on "Human Rights at Rio+20"
16 March 2012, 2:00 - 4:00 Palais des Nations, Room XXIII, Geneva
Expert Meeting on Human Rights, Environment and Climate Change
25 - 27 January 2012 at Chateau de Bossey
FES/UNRISD Film Series “Bringing the Social to Rio+20”
Six short videos are being produced based on footage from the conference on Green Economy and Sustainable Development: Bringing Back the Social Dimension in October 2011 in Geneva, and interviews with speakers. Green Economy and Sustainable Development: Bringing Back the Social is the first of six films in the series "Bringing the Social to Rio+20".
FES/UNRISD Occasional Paper Series on Green Economy and Sustainable Development
This UNRISD Occasional Paper series, produced in collaboration with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) for Rio+20, aims to stimulate debate around the social dimensions of green economy and sustainable development. While the Rio+20 process explicitly links the goals of promoting green economy, sustainable development and poverty eradication, the social dimensions have received relatively little attention compared to economic and environmental concerns.
Poverty reduction and equitable development are often assumed to be outcomes of low-carbon growth, which in turn is achieved principally through market mechanisms. Targeted social protection interventions are designed in tandem to compensate or protect marginalized or disadvantaged groups. Yet the papers in this series show that deeper transformation of the social structures, institutions and power relations underpinning vulnerability and inequality is required to ensure that development processes are greener and fairer for all. Social policy, broadly conceived, has a key role to play in both achieving this transformation, and supporting changes in the structures of production and consumption necessary for a green economy.