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RIO+20 The Future We Want

RIO+20 the future we want

What is Sustainability?

The world’s population of 7 billion is likely to increase to 9 billion by 2050. The demand for diminishing natural resources is growing. Income gaps are widening. Sustainability calls for a decent standard of living for everyone today without compromising the needs of future generations.

This means finding better ways of doing things. Such as:

Solving these challenges is a start to building the future we want.

In-depth resources from the UN

Finding sustainable solutions is essential to the UN’s work. Here you will find some of the latest thinking, policy analysis and commentary on sustainability by the UN.

Human Development Report 2011

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Sustainability is inextricably linked to basic questions of equity — that is, fairness, social justice and greater access to a better quality of life, according to the UN Development Programme’s Human Development Report 2011. The report calls for urgent action to slow climate change, prevent further degradation and reduce inequalities, as environmental deterioration threatens to reverse recent progress in human development for the world’s poorest.

Some of the report’s findings:

Green Economy Report

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The UN Environment Programme’s Green Economy Report demonstrates that green economies are a new engine of growth, generate decent jobs and are vital to eliminating persistent poverty. Some findings:

Global Sustainability Report

The Secretary-General's High-level Global Sustainability Panel Says a future worth choosing must be based on true costs to people and the environment, in its "Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing" report.

Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

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Sustainable development goes together with allowing people to broadly engage in development policy making. On the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform you will find some of the latest thinking, policy analysis and commentary on sustainability by the UN. The platform provides in-depth information and knowledge on the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) which concluded on 22 June 2012, enabling the site visitors to learn more about commitments made by at Rio+20 to promote sustainable development.