Rio+20

Retail Sales Increase 6% for Rio+20: Daily

Retail Sales Increase 6% for Rio+20: Daily

By Mary Carroll, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Survey results published on July 5th shows that retail sales in Rio de Janeiro increased by six percent during the Rio+20 Conference. The research was conducted by the Centre for the Study of Store Directors Club of Rio de Janeiro (CDL-Rio) in June. The largest […]

Rio+20 Reports US$500B Committed: Daily

Rio+20 Reports US$500B Committed: Daily

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – UN press sources announced that Rio+20 concluded with more than US$500 billion mobilized with over 700 “commitments” made. World leaders finalized the outcome document agreement on Friday, which is intended to advance action on sustainable development. Although many critics questioned the clarity of the results, […]

Outcome Unclear as Rio+20 Ends: Daily

Outcome Unclear as Rio+20 Ends: Daily

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The UN’s Rio+20 Earth Summit has ended with broad agreements and a general “renewing of commitment” to sustainable development, greener economies and the eradication of poverty, after delegates from nearly 200 member countries approved the text of the 53-page official Outcome Document on Friday. However many details concerning […]

Protests Pressure Rio+20 Leaders: Daily

Protests Pressure Rio+20 Leaders: Daily

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – As Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, enters the final 24 hours of its three-day High-Level Summit the world eagerly awaits news of the agreements reached or torn up by the 193 participating UN member nations. At the same time in Rio security […]

Rousseff Urges More Rio+20 Funds: Daily

Rousseff Urges More Rio+20 Funds: Daily

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has used her speech at the opening ceremony of the Rio+20 Earth Summit - the UN Conference on Sustainable Development – to call on developed nations to contribute more funds to finance sustainable development. Current pledges have not yet reached the […]

Rio+20 Events in Favela Communities

Rio+20 Events in Favela Communities

By Lisa Molinari and Melissa Rossi, Contributing Reporters RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – While global attention convenes on the Rio+20 UN Conference, the Government of the State of Rio de Janeiro has organized a calendar of activities related to sustainable development practices in many favela communities. The goal is to raise awareness of the difficult […]

UN Rio+20 High-Level Summit Begins

UN Rio+20 High-Level Summit Begins

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The UN’s Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development reaches its most important stage today, Wednesday, as the three-day High-Level Summit gets underway. Following months of preparatory meetings and negotiations, delegations from 193 UN member states have arrived in Rio de Janeiro, with some key leaders […]

SUPERNOVA at Circo Digital Festival

SUPERNOVA at Circo Digital Festival

By Nathan M. Walters, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The relationship between geometry and graffiti is generally a fixed sequence, architecture and the urban setting always pre-existing the work created by artists over its surfaces.  SUPERNOVA, the interactive installation which will be on display at the Circo Digital Festival starting this Thursday, is […]

Businesses Vital to Rio+20 Success

Businesses Vital to Rio+20 Success

By Ben Tavener, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The UN’s milestone Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development has been keen to invite a broad range of interests to shape the outcome of the summit. This philosophy of inclusion has been championed at the Dialogue Days, at which members of civil society, NGOs, the private sector […]

João Amorim, Cinema and Environment

João Amorim, Cinema and Environment

By Nathan M. Walters, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Throughout history, cinema has played an important role in furthering social issues.  The influence of the medium has made a dramatic impact on Environmentalism, notably with Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and more recently with Carioca director João Amorim’s 2012: Time for Change. […]

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