A recent gathering at Yale of more than 180 people from 30 countries heard from top leaders and experts 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.
NRDC has just launched a report, entitled “Fulfilling the Rio+20 Promises: Reviewing Progress since the UN Conference on Sustainable Development”, highlighting significant progress on many of the key “voluntary commitments” made at the June 2012 Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. The report, assesses progress on 11 of the most significant commitments made at Rio+20 and calls for intensifying the conversation about a new global architecture for the post-2015 development agenda.
In her farewell speech as Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton highlights the need for "a new architecture for this new world; more Frank Gehry than formal Greek." Of this new architecture, Secretary Clinton highlights "where once a few strong columns could hold up the weight of the world, today we need a dynamic mix of materials and structures. Watch her remarks here.
The UN has just reported that the number of registered Rio+20 commitments have almost doubled from just over 700 announced around the conference a year ago to 1,382 and now valued at more than $630 billion. The report cites the development of a number of “action networks” to drive progress on concrete promises to take action on energy, cities, and other sustainability challenges. The UN says that there are already some results, such as those from a transportation commitment that avoided 2.2 tons of carbon emissions and saved more than 1,000 lives. July 17th, 2013
The Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport report "Creating Universal Access to Safe, Clean and Affordable Transport" concludes that the implementation of the Voluntary Commitments on Sustainable Transport launched at Rio+20 are well on track.
Launched at the June 2012 Rio+20 conference, the Cloud aggregates and highlights commitments to take specific actions to contribute to a rapid transition to a low-carbon green economy. The Cloud seeks to encourage and hold accountable the hundreds of sustainability initiatives undertaken at Rio+20 and elsewhere by governments at all levels, business, and civil society.
The Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, begun by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, is soliciting commitments for concrete actions that will help achieve sustainable energy for all by 2030. These commitments can be made by governments, businesses, and civil society organizations.
The UN Global Compact, founded in 2000, is soliciting commitments from corporations to take action in support of UN goals and issues.
The Corporate Eco Forum (CEF) is a membership organization for large companies that demonstrate a commitment to environment as a business strategy issue.
Earth Summit Watch is a civil society partnership to track preparations country-by-country for the Rio+20 Earth Summit. It highlights countries whose governments have made significant commitments to action.
The Access Initiative, founded in 1999, has begun a Three Demands Campaign to submit demands to national governments from civil society organizations around the theme of improved national environmental governance.