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RIO+20 | United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

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20 - 22 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

UNCSD 2012


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


List of participants

Background Paper

Statement by the Committee


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".

Green Economy and Sustainable Development: Bringing Back the Social

Putting a Price on Nature: Can Markets be Green and Social?

Social Policies for Sustainable Development

Green Economy Coalitions for Change

Food for the Future: Agriculture in a Sustainable World

Sustainable Futures, Alternative Visions



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.

Paper One
Climate Change, Double Injustice and Social Policy: A Case Study of the United Kingdom
Ian Gough

Paper Two
A Fair Green Economy? Studies of Agriculture, Energy and Waste Initiatives in Malaysia
Adnan A. Hezri and Rospidah Ghazali

Paper Three
Realizing Local Development in the Carbon Commodity Chain: Political Economy, Value and Connecting Carbon Commodities at Multiple Scales
Adam Bumpus

Paper Four
The Global Political Economy of REDD+: Engaging Social Dimensions in the Emerging Green Economy
Rocío Hiraldo and Thomas Tanner

Paper Five
The Political Economy of Green Growth in India
Payal Banerjee and Atul Sood

Paper Six
Payment for Ecosystem Services Markets on Aboriginal Land in Cape York Peninsula: Potential and Contraints
Harold Ludwick, Helen Murphy and Michael Winer

Paper Seven
Sustainable Development through Policy Integration in Latin America - A Comparative Approach
Laura Rival

Paper Eight
The Emerging Policy for Green Economy and Sustainable Development in Limpopo, South Africa
Agnes Musyoki

Paper Nine
An Institutional Analysis of Biofuel Policies and their Social Implications - Lessons from Brazil, India and Indonesia
Mairon G. Bastos Lima