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United Nations Sustainability Program

Overview – the UN has overseen over 40 years of work in understanding of the constraints on growth and the options for addressing it. While there have been enormous progress in our scientific understanding and the agreements for action, the reality has been far less than what has been needed to achieve a viable future. Climate Change has been one of the major programs, but the broader are of Sustainability is much more complex and problematic.

The following are the key resources associated with the Rio+20 global sustainability summit.

Rio+20 – web site of the UN Conference on Sustainability, 20-22 June 2012 in Rio de Janiero.


This event brings the worlds governments, as well as a host of NGOs, businesses and other parties together to

The Great Green Technological Transformation

World Economic and Social Survey 2011:  (UN Dept of Economic and Social Affairs)


This 200 page document highlights the critical situation the world is under, the fundamental changes in the economic and social systems required, and examines specifically energy, food, natural hazards, buildings and governance. It considers the problems in the current economic system and the changes that are required.

Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future worth Choosing,

The UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability presented its report to the Secretary-General on 30 January 2012. They highlight the environmental devastation that we are faced with, and the need for effective action. The present 56 recomendations for governments, business and the community

The Future we Want: The Zeroth Draft Outcomes Document for Rio+20      

This is the beginning of the process of negotiating an outcomes document for Rio+20. It bring together the key agreements that have led up to this point, the progress to date, and the challenges ahead. It also outlines a program of action based on the Green Economy and the institutional framework required to drive progress.