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John Romano, NRDC alum, New York City

John Romano

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Forging a New Global Partnership with Cities: Reflections from World Urban Forum

Posted April 16, 2014 by John Romano

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Last week, I joined thousands of city leaders from all around the world in Medellín, Colombia for the UN’s premiere showcase event for sustainable cities – the World Urban Forum. With the theme of “Urban Equity in Development – Cities...continued

NRDC presents a "New Architecture for a New Global Partnership" for action on global Sustainable Development Goals

Posted March 18, 2014 by John Romano

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The year 2015 will be a critical one for both our planet and its people; a year in which the global community is set to agree upon a new climate change agreement and a new set of global Sustainable Development...continued

Sustainable Development Goals: "Focus Areas" Require Commitments for a New Global Partnership

Posted February 27, 2014 by John Romano

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Despite the return of the chilling polar vortex this week, things have begun to heat up at United Nations Headquarters in New York as a critical UN process on global Sustainable Development Goals continues to unfold. The UN Open Working...continued

A New Architecture for a New World: Linking Global Aspirations with Local Actions

Posted January 15, 2014 by John Romano

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NRDC has begun the New Year building upon promising momentum at the United Nations for addressing a wide range of urban sustainability and climate challenges. Last week, NRDC joined countries, mayors, governors, civil society groups and coalitions to highlight the...continued

A New Global Partnership: Mounting optimism for global action on sustainable development

Posted December 18, 2013 by John Romano

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With the holidays upon us and the new year quickly approaching, we are in the season of both reflection and new beginnings. Looking back on this year, we’ve seen a seismic shift in momentum build around our work at the...continued

NRDC "Rio+20 to 2015" Conference: Starting to design a new global architecture for action

Posted November 5, 2013 by John Romano

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A recent gathering at Yale of more than 180 people from 30 countries heard from top leaders and experts - including UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner, Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University's Earth Institute and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres...continued

Fulfilling the Rio+20 Promises: Reviewing Progress since the UN Conference on Sustainable Development

Posted October 2, 2013 by John Romano

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NRDC has just launched a new report highlighting significant progress on many of the key “voluntary commitments” made at the June 2012 Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. In the report, NRDC calls for recognition of these non-globally-negotiated commitments as...continued

"Voluntary Commitments" and "Action Networks": Part of a New Architecture for a New World

Posted July 23, 2013 by John Romano

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The United Nations has just released a promising progress report on the hundreds of “voluntary commitments” made at the Rio+20 Conference last year. Rather than relying solely on negotiated outcomes, Rio+20 broke new ground for a different approach to taking...continued

Partnership on Sustainable Transport releases progress report amidst Brazilian transit protests

Posted July 10, 2013 by John Romano

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With the ongoing protests in Brazil in recent weeks, we’ve seen evidence of the importance of public transportation within cities in emerging economies. Mobilized initially in response to a public transportation fare hike, these protests have quickly blossomed into a full-blown social movement....continued

One Year After Rio+20: Are We On the Path to the "Future We Want"?

Posted June 20, 2013 by John Romano

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Exactly one year ago, world leaders came together in Rio de Janeiro for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to address a wide range of cross-cutting environmental, social and economic challenges that we face today. The conference marked...continued

The time is now for a UN High Commissioner for Future Generations

Posted May 15, 2013 by John Romano

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NRDC has joined hundreds of other civil society organizations in support of a proposal for the establishment of a UN “High Commissioner for Future Generations.”  While the top national leaders at the Rio+20 Earth Summit last year reaffirmed their concern...continued

Sustainable Development Goals: Can the UN stimulate the global action and accountability we need?

Posted April 17, 2013 by John Romano

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Twenty years ago at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, the world acknowledged that we stood at a crucial crossroads: Continuing with the status quo of prioritizing economic growth while neglecting social inequities and environmental degradation, or charting...continued


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