From Stockholm on the Road to Rio de Janeiro 2012

20/05/2011 / Kaj

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An interview with Dr Ashok Khosla, President of IUCN, one of the speakers at the 3rd Nobel Laureate Symposium on Global Sustainability development in Stockholm between on 16-19 May 2011. The interview highlights the issues of ongoing international negotiations, relations between developed and developing countries and the forthcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, June 2 to 5th 2012.

Preparations for the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro are now beginning to take shape. If you want to follow the preparations can do so through the website

Stockholm has played a key role in inspiring the face of major international conferences which had its focus on global sustainable development. As early as 1967, Sweden took the initiative in the UN to highlight environmental issues in a development perspective. Year 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the first Stockholm Conference on the Environment and 20 years after the Rio Earth Summit (1992) who was one of the follow-on global environmental conferences, which increasingly had their focus on a broader perspective that sat environmental issues into the corporate agenda.

Sustainable development was a concept that increasingly is a concept that today is about our approach to our common global environment regardless of whether you are a citizen, business and political leaders. Stockholm’s Nobel Laureate Symposium on Global Sustainability last week lifted in its Memorandum – Tipping the Scales Towards Sustainability – the challenges that will also be on the agenda in Rio 2012thSummit.

The question is whether the leadership in both political, business, academics and NGOs are strong enough to deal with equitable distribution of economic resources and market development challenges, climate change, poverty alleviation, food production, consumption issues and green technology development. All is becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives.

Will the Rio meeting be a new setback for international negotiations or can global agreements such as Montreal and Ngoya agreements provide impetus and inspiration?

And what can the Agenda 21 movement mean for people’s involvement? It was born in the former Rio Summit 1992 and should mobilizing the society for a necessary change!

Stockholm  – May 23 –  2011

Kaj Embrén




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