This is part 1 in a 10-day series of blog posts bringing you live conversations, observations, and inquisitions captured from compelling moments with leaders (from government, business, and society) at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20. These episodes reflect stories and perspectives from a range of views about the most pressing climate and poverty concerns affecting survival of the now and next generations. Despite the daunting realities of the struggles of our times, I choose not to dwell on the negative, but rather channel our energies collectively (hopefully) to the pragmatic and positive way forward. Here and beyond are tales of inspiring and sometimes quirky ideas, designs, and approaches to achieve solutions put forward by people from all walks of life. Here forward are stories of partnerships that matter and collaborations to design, deliver, and improve ourselves, each other, and the surroundings we rely on for sustaining this fleeting and special life.
Join me in building awareness, sharing knowledge, and spreading the word. I’ll be posting two daily segments to this here series; (1) a morning ‘inquisition’ of strategies and solutions proposed by our Adopt a Negotiator Fellows; hopes that we have for the day and expect to be addressed and agreed upon by our country delegates and other stakeholders in the negotiations as the day unfolds; and (2) more in-depth thought leadership on critical climate and sustainability issues touch upon throughout the day…
For more visceral experiences from Rio+20, follow my tracker ticker photo journal and snippets live from key action moments throughout the day on Twitter @MadameGhosh, and reach out by email if you’re up for some partnership building on all things good email@example.com.
Below is a draft run-down of the issues that I’ll be investigating and sharing with you the next few weeks from inside the negotiations and beyond.
-US LEADERSHIP in multilateral efforts to design and implement solutions to climate & sustainability challenges
-EMERGING MARKETS: climate & sustainability in China & India
-YOUTH: Change Agents and the Future We Want
-Fossil Fuel Subsidies
-Gender & Security
-Policy frameworks (incentives / regulations for sustainable and responsible business & trade)
-Sustainability (Evaluating and Monitoring)
About the authorSumita Ghosh
Sumita Ghosh is a development economist from the United States working with leaders from business, government, and civil society to design and implement real solutions to critical human development and climate challenges. She's also a Rio+20 Fellow.