PLANET UNDER PRESSURE: BEYOND SCIENCE?

Planet Under Pressure, which ends today, is a big conference – not only in terms of the crowds of people here, but in the grand scale of the problems we’re here to tackle. Global changes in populations, weather patterns and food systems create complex, interrelated problems. A bewildering array of answers to these problems is…

PLANET UNDER PRESSURE: VIDEO HOPES FOR RIO+20

The journalist and author Fred Pearce, Oxfam campaigns and policy director Phil Bloomer and ESRC associate research director Paul Rouse are among those to tell us about their one big hope for Rio+20 at the Planet Under Pressure conference in London this week. We’re asking people at Planet Under Pressure and other events to tell…

Press release: Rio+20 Must Radically Rethink Innovation (27 March 2012)

A radical new approach to innovation is urgently needed to ensure a fair and green economy and avoid reversing progress made on global poverty reduction, according to leading scientists at the Planet Under Pressure conference in London. Ahead of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, the ESRC STEPS Centre calls on negotiators…

STEPS at PLANET UNDER PRESSURE

The STEPS Centre is mounting a variety of exciting activities at the Planet Under Pressure conference in London, this week (March 26-29): convening a key session, taking part in four other sessions, hosting an evening event to launch our book series, exhibiting with a stand and recording video interviews for our Rio+20 project.Key SessionTuesday: Adrian Ely is convening…

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STEPS at Planet Under Pressure

The STEPS Centre mounted a variety of activities at the Planet Under Pressure conference in London (March 26-29) from convening a key session to having an exhibition stand and holding an evening event to launch our book series. PRESS RELEASE:  Rio+20 must radically rethink innovation (27 March 2012) Key Sessions Tuesday: Adrian Ely convened a…

WORLD WATER DAY: VIDEO HOPES FOR RIO+20

Ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, we are asking academics, practitioners, policymakers and other stakeholders to tell us about the one sustainable development issue they would like to see addressed at Rio+20. At the World Water Forum in Marseille we gathered responses from delegates. The videos on the STEPS Centre’s YouTube channel are among a range…

WORLD WATER FORUM 2012: ARE SUSTAINABILITY TARGETS THE NEXT GOAL?

By Phemo Kgomotso, IDS Phd Student The editors of the IDS Bulletin titled ‘Some for All? Politics and Pathways in Water and Sanitation’, Volume 43, No. 2, March 2012 launched the publication at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, France on 15 March, 2012. In contrast to most of the Forum’s more formalised and…

WORLD WATER FORUM 2012: DECISION TIME?

By Jeremy Allouche There was a certain sense of excitement around the Forum and the slogan ‘a time for solutions’, set the tone. It’s time for post MDGs and Rio+20. As a result, a few trendy words and concepts were floating around: the green economy, the human right to water, the water-energy-food nexus. There was a…

WORLD WATER FORUM 2012: WHO IS BUYING IN?

by Alan Nicol World Water Forum six is drawing to a close here in Marseille. Booths are emptying and participants are dwindling at the slightly drab Parc Chanot. The monolithic Art Deco architecture and box-like hangars host ‘water security’ debates, parliamentarians’ session, African ministers councils, and the occasional riot police (amongst many other characters and…

WORLD WATER FORUM 2012: DEBATES AND CONTRADICTIONS

By Lyla Mehta and Harriet Dudley This was our third World Water Forum, and compared with the other ones we’ve attended it was pretty tame, far more low-key and lacked open protest and contestation. The overall theme – Le temps des solutions – seemed rather bombastic given that solutions to addressing water and sanitation problems…