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Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development

On 20 to 22 June 2012 the Rio + 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development was held in Rio de Janaerio, Brazil.  Below is a range of related material focusing on the private sector dimension.

Rio+20 missed an opportunity to bolster human rights”, Jan Egeland & Jessica Evans, Guardian [UK], 27 Jun 2012

"A business echo chamber at Rio?", Chris Jochnick, Oxfam America, 22 Jun 2012 

"Rio+20: Greenpeace declares war on the finance sector", Jo Confino, Guardian [UK], 19 Jun 2012

Nothing Grand in Rio”, John Biers, Wall Street Journal, 18 Jun 2012

Rio+20: Big businesses club together to demand water is given fair value”, Jo Confino, Guardian (UK), 18 Jun 2012

Is Rio+20 going to make a difference? Is privatising development the answer?”, Richard Welford, CSR Asia, 13 Jun 2012 

Rio + 20: Anchor sustainable development in human rights”, Amnesty Intl., Human Rights Watch, 12 Jun 2012

FOUR Human Rights and Environment / Public Policy design events to go to at RIO +20”, CEDHA (Center for Human Rights and Environment, Argentina), 30 May 2012

(PDF) “Respecting the rights of people in sustainable development: The role of business -- Background Note: Rio+20 must be aligned with UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights”, UN Working Group on business & human rights, Mar 2012

If Rio+20 is to deliver, accountability must be at its heart - Open letter to States negotiating the Outcome Document of the Rio+20 Summit”, Special Procedures mandate-holders of the UN Human Rights Council including chair of UN Working Group on business & human rights, Mar 2012

Business coalition re-established in run-up to Rio+20”, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Guardian (UK), 3 Feb 2012

A Global Call for Corporate Sustainability”, UN Global Compact, 5 Jun 2012

Toward Rio: Leading Universities and Management Schools are Paving the Way Toward a Sustainable Future for All”, UN Global Compact, UN Principles for Responsible Management Education, 4 Jun 2012

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27 June 2012

Rio+20 missed an opportunity to bolster human rights

Author: Jan Egeland & Jessica Evans of Human Rights Watch in Guardian [UK]

[W]orld leaders had a unique opportunity to bridge the false divide between human rights, development and environmental protection...at the Rio+20 UN conference on sustainable development. But rights language was whittled down in the final document,...

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18 June 2012

Nothing Grand in Rio

Author: John Biers, Wall Street Journal

The conference…comes as leading Western powers struggle to recover from one of the worst economic downturns in memory. The event also comes hot on the heels of other global environmental gatherings that have fallen short of hopes, leading to summit...

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Article
18 June 2012

Rio+20: Big businesses club together to demand water is given fair value

Author: Jo Confino, Guardian [UK]

CEOs…[of]companies ranging from Coca Cola, Nestle, Glaxo SmithKline, Merck and Bayer signed a...communiqué at the Rio+20 conference...highlighting the urgency of the global water crisis...[The CEOs] call to establish a "fair and appropriate price" of...

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13 June 2012

Is Rio+20 going to make a difference? Is privatising development the answer?

Author: Richard Welford, CSR Asia

...[M]any of the most innovative sustainable development projects over the last decade have come from the private sector and many multinationals have demonstrated a real interest in tacking development and protecting the environment. As the world’s...

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Article
12 June 2012

Rio + 20: Anchor sustainable development in human rights

Author: Amnesty Intl., Human Rights Watch

World leaders have a...chance to create a meaningful link between sustainable development and human rights, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said...in a...statement targeting Environment and Foreign Affairs ministers...in Rio de Janeiro...

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Article
5 June 2012

A Global Call for Corporate Sustainability

Author: UN Global Compact

In cooperation with the Rio+20 Secretariat, the UN System and the Global Compact Local Network Brazil, the UN Global Compact will host the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum: Innovation & Collaboration for the Future We Want from 15-18 June...

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Article
4 June 2012

Toward Rio: Leading Universities and Management Schools are Paving the Way Toward a Sustainable Future for All

Author: UN Global Compact, UN Principles for Responsible Management Education

The Inspirational Guide for the Implementation of PRME: Placing sustainability at the heart of management education has been compiled for the occasion of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), taking place in Rio de Janeiro in June...

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Article
30 May 2012

FOUR Human Rights and Environment / Public Policy design events to go to at RIO +20

Author: CEDHA (Center for Human Rights and Environment, Argentina)

[details provided for the following events]:...

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Article
1 March 2012

If Rio+20 is to deliver, accountability must be at its heart - Open letter to States negotiating the Outcome Document of the Rio+20 Summit

Author: Special Procedures mandate-holders of the UN Human Rights Council including chair of UN Working Group on business & human rights

As independent experts of the Human Rights Council, we call on States to incorporate universally agreed international human rights norms and standards in the Outcome Document of the Rio+20 Summit with strong accountability mechanism to ensure its...

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Article
1 March 2012

[PDF] Respecting the rights of people in sustainable development: The role of business -- Background Note: Rio+20 must be aligned with UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Author: UN Working Group on business & human rights

...[In the "Zero Draft" Rio+20 Outcome Document, business] and industry are encouraged to show leadership in advancing a green economy founded on a sustainable path...geared towards inclusiveness and poverty eradication. The UN Working Group on the...

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