The UN Environment Program (UNEP) has released a report on the Green Economy Initiative (GEI), which is a major theme for the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) marking the 20th anniversary of the Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992. The GEI represents a central element in international policy about responding to the crisis of global climate instability, the rapid decline in biodiversity and the serious threats these pose to peace and well-being on the planet.

Read more: African Indigenous Peoples and the UNEP Green Economy Initiative

The case studies in this report reveal recent instances where UK-listed companies’ operations have had serious adverse impacts on workers’ health and safety, individuals’ and communities’ human rights, developing country economies, and the quality and availability of natural resources.

Read more: UK-Listed Mining Companies & The Case for Stricter Oversight

We, African youth, meeting within the network called Pan Africa International Development and the Environment in the 21st Century (AIDE21) who wants the echo of an African youth sensitive to the increasing degradation of the environment, launching in that day a solemn appeal to all heads of state of the world especially to the Heads of African States, and the various participants of the UN Conference on sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012, better known as Rio 20.
Read more: The Green Future for Sustainable Development in Africa

The conference “Contributions of Forests to a Green Economy”, a country-led initiative in support of the United Nations Forum on Forests, was held on 4-7 October 2011 in Bonn, Germany. The Conference was hosted by Germany and co-sponsored by Austria and Finland. More than 100 representatives from governments, international and regional organizations, and major groups of civil society from over 45 countries attended the Conference.

Read more: Contribution of Forests to a Green Economy

Sustainable use of the ocean and precautionary, science-based management of marine resources and biodiversity are essential for achieving sustainable development. During the preparatory process for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), restoring the health and economic viability of ocean ecosystems arose as prominent issues among all stakeholders. Political groups, States and non-governmental organizations identified ocean issues as critical in submissions to the compilation document. Additionally, the UNCSD Bureau has indicated that management of the ocean will be one of the seven priority areas addressed.

Read more: What States Want from Rio+20: The Ocean

"The Prime Minister should promise to attend next year's Rio + 20 Earth Summit to show leadership on sustainability and strengthen global political will to tackle the environmental crisis," say MPs on the Commons Environmental Audit Committee in a report published on 26 October 2011.

Read more: Environmental Audit Committee publishes report on preparations for Rio+20

Tourism in Central America continues to be a fundamental pillar of the Central American integration, and an engine of economic and social development, given its significant contribution in terms of employment, income and currency, thus contributing to reaching the millennium goals and poverty eradication in Central America.

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