Sustainable Development and United Nations’ Rio +20


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By Kavitha Pramod
June 20, 2012

Sustainability and International Development in History

We often hear the term “sustainable development” used in regards to environmental matters. But what does this term really mean? In short, sustainable development refers to meeting the needs of the world’s people at present without sacrificing the needs of future generations. For individuals and communities to lead safe and comfortable lives, where their basic human needs are met, countries need to be able to develop and grow their economies.

On the other hand, it is very clear that there is only a limited amount of resources on this planet and that it is therefore the duty of present generations to use these resources in a sustainable way, so that they are still there for our grandchildren and future generations beyond that.

The concept of “sustainable development” has been on the United Nations’ agenda for decades. Although this topic has been discussed since the 1970s, it was not until June of 1992 that the UN took the big step of holding the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), informally known as the “Earth Summit,” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

At the Earth Summit, representatives met from around the world to discuss ways to help economies grow without destroying precious natural resources in the process. The Earth Summit ended with a document known as “Agenda 21” which acknowledged the need for countries to develop their economies so that their people could lead comfortable lives, along with a commitment from those countries that they should do so in a way that is friendly to the planet around them. In short, the message that came out of the Earth Summit was that human beings were “entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature.”

In 2002, a follow up conference was held to renew the commitment to sustainable development that was made at the Earth Summit ten years earlier. In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly met and agreed to hold a conference in 2012, officially known as the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), and casually known as “Rio + 20,” as a nod to the the original conference in Rio de Janeiro 20 years prior. While preparatory meetings have been going on for weeks, the main portion of this conference is being held starting today, from June 20-22.

Getting to the Heart of International Environmentalism

The conference hopes to address two main themes. The first theme is “a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication.” This theme recognizes the crucial importance of lifting people out of the grips of poverty, but also of doing so in a way that also takes into account the limitations set by the surrounding environment. The second theme is “an institutional framework for sustainable development.” This theme highlights the challenges associated with creating institutions that encourage and allow sustainable development. Institutions need to take into account the social, economic, and environmental needs of people at the global, national, and regional levels. These institutions also need to take finances into account.

Sustainable development is without a doubt a topic of incredible importance that we have seen discussed over and over in this century. The hope for Rio + 20 is that governments will adopt clear and focused measures that are practical in addressing the needs of their people right now, while also being sustainable.

If you would like to follow the progress of Rio + 20 this year, you can do so through the conference’s official Web site. Here you can follow meetings and discussions, watch videos, and find much more information on Rio + 20.

For related articles, see:
Renewable Energy and Social Justice with Jeffrey Richardson
Facing Global Warming at Aspen Environmental Forum

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