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Navigating the Anthropocene: Improving Earth System Governance

Earth System Governance Project

In an article published in Science on 16 March 2012, 32 leading governance experts from the Earth System Governance research alliance argue for a fundamental overhaul of global... more

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We do not need more global sustainability conferences

Steinar Andresen and Arild Underdal

What can be gained by spending a substantial amount of resources on the Rio+20 process?

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The Future We Want Might Not Be The Future We Get

Philipp Pattberg

We do not know the future, but we can guess that the next summit is just ahead. Prepare for Rio+25.

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This website on International Environmental Governance and the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development is the core element of an initiative by the Earth System Governance Project on these topics and aims at contributing to the process leading to and beyond the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). [further reading] [join the discussion]

Earth System Governance Project

The Earth System Governance Project is the largest social science research network in the area of governance and global environmental change. See www.earthsystemgovernance.org for information about the project and the concept of 'earth system governance'.

Policy Assessment on the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development

The Earth System Governance Project has been mandated to compile a fast-track policy-relevant assessment of the state of research on the institutional framework for sustainable development. This assessment shall provide the lead input of the scientific community to the international policy process leading to the “Rio+20” Conference. [about the process] [list of authors]

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