Maria Ivanova Contributes Chapter to State of the World 2014
The Worldwatch Institute recently published the newest edition of its flagship publication, State of the World, titled “Governing for Sustainability,” with a contributing chapter by Maria Ivanova. In “Assessing the Outcomes of Rio+20”, Professor Ivanova analyzes the Rio+20 process, and identifies key outcomes of the conference and its impacts in the post-2015 development agenda. In particular, she examines the changes in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as one of the major results of the conference.
She divides the outcomes into three levels – conceptual, institutional and operational – and argues that although the conference made progress in refining the concept of sustainable development and in strengthening the institutional framework for environment and sustainable development, key challenges remain in integrating these outcomes and the post-2015 development agenda, especially in regards to the discussions on the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The last point is important, since the SDGs and the post-2015 processes are disconnected, which will require coordination efforts within the United Nations system. She then concludes: “Ultimately, the goal of these two processes is the same: the attainment of long-term human prosperity. In this context, the SDGs recognize explicitly that such prosperity cannot be achieved without safeguarding the ability of the planet to maintain the conditions critical to the well-being of humans and the other species with which we share the planet.”
A full version of the chapter can be found here.
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