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Earth Debates Press Release

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HOW CAN WE MEASURE PROGRESS?
EARTH DEBATES – FLAGSHIP EVENT SERIES IN PREPARATION OF RIO+20

edfullcolourwebLondon – 22nd February, 2012 – Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is a universal measure of a country’s economic activity and output, yet it takes no account of the appreciation or deprecation of a country’s building infrastructure, or of the condition of its natural resources and the ecosystem services provided by the environment, such as crop pollination. Furthermore, GDP provides no measure of the health, wealth, or wellbeing of a country’s population, or how these are distributed across society.

Launch of Global Sustainability Panel Report

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The Global Sustainability Panel Secretariat, Aviva Investors and Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future invite you to attend the event: How can the private sector contribute to Global Sustainability? This event is part of the events organised around the launch of the report: Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A future worth choosing published on 30th January 2012. The report is the result of a 17 month global consultation led by a 22-member High Level Panel, established by the UN Secretary-General. It details the extent of the sustainability challenges that we face and outlines a blueprint of what needs to be done nationally and internationally to bring about a green and fair transition to a sustainable future.

Press Release: A Bold and Ambitious Vision for Rio+20 - Results from the initial negotiations in New York

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New York – 30th January – Negotiations were held last week (25th-27th January) on the Zero Draft of the outcome document to be put before leaders at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), also known as Rio+20, happening in Brazil 20-22 June 2012. This first round of negotiations have been extremely encouraging, with consensus emerging between developed and developing countries alike, as well as civil society, on the need for the greater urgency, ambition and detail required to use Rio+20 for the opportunity it presents.

BBC: UN panel aims for 'a future worth choosing'

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Growing inequality, environmental decline and "teetering" economies mean the world must change the way it does business, a UN report concludes.

Health and education must improve, it says. Subsidies on fossil fuels should end, and governments must look beyond the standard economic indicator of GDP.