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16–17 Jun 12

International Conference

Fair ideas: sharing solutions for a sustainable planet

Rio de Janeiro

Fair ideas, a major conference jointly hosted by the IIED and Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC) in Rio de Janeiro on 16-17 June, will show that a fairer, greener world is a realistic vision. It will add important knowledge, experience and momentum to the official summit.

This conference is not primarily intended to generate joint advocacy positions: we believe there is a need to link practitioners, researchers and voices from the grassroots and from the global South with business and political leaders closer to decision-making, and to enable an innovative dialogue on key issues to make sustainability work for people and for the planet.


Further Reading

10 Nov 11

A multimedia feature of Deutsche Welle

12 Sep 13

Shell Ideas360 is a global competition organised by Shell International Limited for students to develop game-changing ideas for tackling Energy, Water and Food issues.

21 Sep 11

Dieter Ernst is a former state secretary, and represents the RWL Water Group in the German Advisory Group.

NEXUS in the Media

20 Apr 16

Water Power & Dam Construction

The multipurpose functions of reservoirs can create competition and conflict, prompting an increasing need for wise stewardship of global water resources.

15 Jun 12

Global Warming is Real Blog

Richard Matthews on the Messages of WWF’s Living Planet Report – The WWF’s Living Planet Report (LPR) is the world’s leading science-based analysis on the health of the Earth and the impact of human activity. The ninth biennial publication released in May, reviews the cumulative pressures humans are putting on the planet and the consequent decline in the health of the forests, rivers and oceans. Its key finding is that humanity’s demands are exceeding the planet’s capacity to sustain us.

27 Jun 12


In its RIO+20 Call-to-action, CGIAR called for “adopting cross-sectoral approaches which facilitate broader partnerships, coordinated regulatory frameworks and appropriate economic incentives. We need the vision and courage to transcend conventional sectoral approaches and apply integrated thinking to the management of agriculture, aquaculture, livestock, forests and water.” AlertNET wanted to find out more, and talked to Stephen Hall (Director General, WorldFish Center), Papa Seck (Director General, Africa Rice Center), Tony Simons (Director General, World Agroforestry Centre), Alain Vidal (Director, Challenge Program on Water and Food – CPWF), Amy Duchelle (Research Fellow, Center for International Forestry Research - CIFOR) and from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture - IITA), we have Peter Neuenschwander (Scientist Emeritus) and Piet van Asten (Systems Agronomist).

23 Jun 12

The Guardian

Forty five influential CEOs commit to lobbying for political change to stave off water crisis – It’s not often that you get 45 of the world’s most powerful CEOs calling on governments to push up the price of a key resource. But this is exactly what happened today when companies ranging from Coca Cola, Nestle, Glaxo SmithKline, Merck and Bayer signed a special communiqué at the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development highlighting the urgency of the global water crisis and calling on governments to step up their efforts and to work more actively with the private sector, civil society and other stakeholders to address it.


  • IFPRI International Food Policy Research Institute
  • WEF World Economic Forum
  • WWF World Wide Fund for Nature

Bonn2011 Nexus Conference – in the context of Bonn Perspectives

  • Bonn Perspectives

initiated by

  • BONN
  • BMZ

funded by

  • European Regional Development Fund EFRE
  • NRW Ministerin fr Bundesangelegenheiten, Europa und Medien des Landes Nordrhein-Westphalen