NRDC "Rio+20 to 2015" Conference: Starting to design a new global architecture for action
Posted November 5, 2013
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 - on the need for new global structures and approaches to drive action on climate change and the broader challenge of sustainable development.
The "Rio+20 to 2015: A New Architecture for a Sustainable New World" Conference, co-hosted by NRDC and the Yale GEM Initiative at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, contributed to a growing conversation about moving beyond treaties and negotiated agreements to recognize and organize a growing number of commitments by a diverse range of actors to take action on a wide range of sustainability issues. At the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012, there were more than 700 of these commitments and partnerships pledged, with hundreds more launched by the UN and its partners after the conference. Just two examples of these commitments from Rio+20 are the pledge of then Prime Minister Julia Gillard to triple the size of Australia's marine reserves and the commitment of 8 multi-lateral development banks to invest $175 billion in more sustainable transportation.
Seeking to contribute to two major UN processes culminating in 2015 – a new set of global development goals and the next climate change treaty, the conference generated a lot of ideas, energy, and excitement both at Yale and on social media. On twitter alone, more than 800 tweets were posted using the conference hashtag, #Rioto2015, with an exposure of over 700,000 impressions over the course of the two-day event.
We've captured some of the highlights from the conference in our Storify posts below. While it only presents a snapshot of the broader discussions at the conference, we invite you to experience #Rioto2015, as seen through social media.