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Join UNRISD at Rio+20

13 Jun 2012


Join UNRISD at Rio+20
UNRISD will be in Rio this month to engage in the global dialogue around “the future we want”. Recent UNRISD research findings will inform our contributions, which emphasize the importance of placing social dimensions at the centre of development for “the future we shape” to be an equitable, inclusive and sustainable one.


The economic, technological and institutional approaches that currently form the basis of green economy strategies run the risk of reinforcing human insecurity and inequalities. A growing
body of evidence points to the diverse—often unequal or detrimental—social consequences of green economy policies, and suggests key elements for alternative approaches that can promote the combined social, economic and environmental goals of sustainable development.


Join UNRISD at Rio+20:

We are organising and collaborating in a number of events across the city – side events at the official conference, the civil society-led People’s Summit and the ISEE conference – where Director Sarah Cook and Deputy Director Peter Utting will be joined by collaborating researchers Laura Rival (University of Oxford), Bina Agarwal (ISSE), Pilar Alvarez-Laso (UNESCO), Nicola Bullard (Associate, Focus on the Global South), Laura Rival (University of Oxford), Olive Shisana (ISSC) and, Michael Winer (Cape York Institute).

Director Sarah Cook will also be speaking as an invited guest at a number of other events:
  • Workshop “Social Justice and Climate Justice: The Common Good of Humanity, poverty and social protection” organized by the Global Social Justice Movement
  • Seminar “Gender Equality is Sustainability” organized by the Nordic Council
  • Side-event “Social Science Support to Policies Promoting the Social Dimensions of Sustainable Development in a Changing Climate” organized by the Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO.




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