United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

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Nawang Tenjing Jangbu, 75, expressing his concerns over Lake Imja (a high altitude glacial lake near Mount Everest) at severe risk of Glacial Lake Outburst Flood due to climate change. Local communities stand to lose both their lives and their livelihoods should this happen. Ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil, WWF has urged for adoption of economic and social indicators beyond GDP, to secure that governments account and stop encouraging activities that put our natural capital at risk.
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It's time to get serious about the planet.

We all need food, water and energy. These come from nature. We need nature.
World leaders need to react to the natural crisis we are facing, rethink how we use and manage the earth's resources, and redesign a sustainable future.

Rio+20 is an opportunity for governments to get serious by building on the success of the first Earth Summit in 1992, and the sustainable development successes since then.

To achieve a sustainable future world leaders must embrace decision-making that takes into account the true value of nature.

By shifting economic incentives we can begin to address rapidly increasing pressures on our planet as described in the WWF Living Planet Report 2012.

We need to measure what we treasure, and better account for the value of nature.

  • We need Rio+20 to deliver a set of clear, transparent and comparable indicators to measure the quality of the environment.
     
  • We need to green the GDP. The market value of goods should reflect their social and environmental cost.

WWF welcomes the concept of Sustainable Development Goals as a means to address the challenges facing the development agenda to 2030.

  • Rio+20 should deliver a strong outcome on Sustainable Development Goals. Through the creation of a common vision, principles, and criteria to embed sustainability in the post-2015 development framework, with key thematic areas identified in the Rio+20 Outcome Document.

Any work coming out of Rio+20 needs clear and accountable goals and timelines that have sustainability at their core and can be taken up by the process to developing Sustainable Development Goals by 2015.

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Living Planet Report

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The Sun shining down upon the Earth photographed from orbit from on board the International Space Station.
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The 2012 edition of the Living Planet Report highlights the tremendous pressure that humanity is putting on our planet. We are using 50 per cent more resources than the Earth can provide. By 2030, even two planets will not be enough.
Jim Leape on the 2012 Living Planet Report and looking ahead to Rio+20.

What is sustainable development?

  • Sustainable development emphasizes a holistic, equitable and far-sighted approach to decision-making at all levels. It emphasizes not just strong economic performance but intragenerational and intergenerational equity. It rests on integration and a balanced consideration of social, economic and environmental goals and objectives in both public and private decision-making.

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