Plain Language Guide to Rio+20

 Rio+20 saw a major rebirth of sustainable development as the major organizing principle for how we should live on this planet. It launched the work on Sustainable Development Goals which has become the main process for replacing the Millennium Development Goals in 2015. This book is a practical guide to those engaged in implementing the Rio+20 agreement and in developing the new development goals and agenda for 2015 and beyond. As a book it complements the Routledge book by the same authors “From Rio+20 to the New Development Agenda.” 

The book is written by three people who were practitioners in Rio+20 and the post 2012 process on the new Development Goals.

Felix Dodds is a Senior Fellow at the Global Research Institute at the University of North Carolina at the University of North Carolina and an Associate Fellow at the Tellus Institute in Boston

Jorge Laguna-Celis is the Senior Advisor on sustainable development of the UN General Assembly. Since 2006 he has been a member of the Mexican Foreign Service.

Liz Thompson was one of the two UN executive coordinators for the Rio+20 process and negotiations and is a former Minister of Energy and Environment of Barbados. In 2008 she was awarded the UNEP “Champion of the Earth” award.

“This book is a great service to those who anyone who wants to understand the history, present and intended future of the UN’s efforts toward a more sustainable future.  It is clear, concise and a great service to historians of sustainability and those who must operationalize an agenda to optimize conditions for human development through time.”

-Gary Lawrence, Chief Sustainability Officer at AECOM

The Plain language Guide to Rio+20: Preparing for the New Development Agenda is a reader-friendly gateway to Rio +20 resources and outcomes that can equally guide the 'new comer' while also serving as a memo to the already engaged 

-Maruxa Cardama, Communitas Executive Project Coordinator

“Unfortunately, our global aspirations remain limited by a few remarkably change-resistant barriers: insufficient funding of international institutions, mendacity on the part of national leaders and a too-many military flash points. 

Fortunately, in the face of such intransigence, we have the latest book from Felix Dodds, Jorge Laguna- Celis and Liz Thompson.  Of all his publications, The Plain Language Guide is Felix's most accessible and encouraging. Dodds continues to work with other sustainable development advocates from the UN, governments and stakeholders to produce the indispensable resources for the serious global actor. I cannot imagine where we'd be across the world without him. “

-Don Edwards, Chief Executive Officer, Justice and Sustainability Associates