Curtain Down and Nothing Settled. Global Sustainability Governance after the 'Rio 20+20' Earth Summit

F. Biermann

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Abstract

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, held in June 2012 in Rio
de Janeiro, was probably the largest event in a long series of mega-summits on
environmental protection and sustainable development. Roughly 44000 participants
descended on Rio de Janeiro to take part in ten days of preparatory committee
meetings, informal consultations, side events, and the actual conference. Yet despite
this unprecedented high attendance by participants from governments and civil
society, the outcome of the conference is less than what many had hoped for. In this
paper, I review the outcomes of the 2012 Rio Conference in detail, with a special focus
on its contributions towards the reform of the institutional framework for sustainable
development. Following this review, I discuss the way ahead, including whether megaconferences
will continue to play a major role in the governance of our planet.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLund and Amsterdam
PublisherEarth System Governance Project
Number of pages24
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameEarth System Governance Working Paper Series
No.26

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