Rio+20 Policy Assessment

The Earth System Governance Project has been mandated by the four global environmental change research programmes as organisers of the 2012 conference Planet under Pressure, to compile a policy-relevant assessment of the state of research on the institutional framework for sustainable development. This assessment provides the lead input of the scientific community to the international policy process leading to the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (“Rio+20”) theme of “institutional framework for sustainable development”.

Aim of the policy-assessment is to provide a condensed, policy-relevant summary of relevant social science findings, and to make strong, science-based policy recommendations to strengthen the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development. It brings together the various strands of research and schools of thought. This policy assessment is at the core of the Earth System Governance Project’s initiative on the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development and International Environmental Governance, contributing to the preparations of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) – www.ieg.earthsystemgovernance.org.

The Earth System Governance Project has taken the initiative to further investigate these reform directions and proposals and – based on existing knowledge and findings from science – to provide an ambitious vision for the required transformative change of governance for sustainability. This vision is called the “Hakone Vision”, named after the venue of the workshop in Japan at which it was developed in September 2011. In March 2012, these efforts culminated in the publication of “Navigating the Anthropocene: Improving Earth System Governance” in Science.

Overall, the contributions by the earth system governance research community call for a constitutional moment — the beginning of a reform process leading to transformative change of sustainability governance.

This page presents all related publications. For more information on Earth System Governance and Rio+20 see www.ieg.earthsystemgovernance.org. 


Navigating the AnthropoceneArticle in Science (Vol. 335 No. 6074): Navigating the Anthropocene: Improving Earth System Governance

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Policy BriefPolicy Brief: Transforming Governance and Institutions for a Planet under Pressure. Revitalizing the Institutional Framework for Global Sustainability

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Policy BriefWorking Paper: Transforming Governance and Institutions for Global Sustainability: Key Insights from the Earth System Governance Project

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Hakone Vision on Governance for SustainabilityHakone Vision: Towards a Charter Moment. Hakone Vision on Governance for Sustainability in the 21st Century

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Navigating the AnthropoceneArticle in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (Vol. 4 No. 1): Transforming Governance and Institutions for Global Sustainability: Key Insights from the Earth System Governance Project

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A Charter MomentArticle in Public Administration and Development (Vol. 32 No. 3)Restructuring Governance for Sustainability

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 Working PaperCurtain Down and Nothing Settled. Global Sustainability Governance after the ‘Rio+20’ Earth Summit

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