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26–29 Mar 12


Planet under Pressure Conference, London

A major international conference focusing on solutions to the global sustainability challenge.

The global scientific community must deliver to society the knowledge necessary to assess the risks humanity is facing from global change. It must provide knowledge of how society can effectively mitigate dangerous changes and cope with changes we cannot manage.

Based on the latest scientific evidence, the London Planet Under Pressure conference will provide a comprehensive update of our knowledge of the Earth system and the pressure our planet is now under. The London conference will focus the scientific community’s and the wider world’s attention on climate, ecological degradation, human well-being, planetary thresholds, food security, energy, governance across scales and poverty alleviation.

The conference will discuss solutions, at all scales, to move societies on to a sustainable pathway. It will provide scientific leadership towards the 2012 UN Rio +20 conference, also in 2012.

Related Events

27 Mar 12

Session at “Planet under Pressure” Conference

A NEXUS session to analyse the different nexus connections, chaired by Jamie Pittock

Related News

New CGIAR Research Program

Cutting down on the amount of food that is wasted around the world is a key component of water management, according to Dr. Colin Chartres, general director of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI).

Related Media Coverage

20 Mar 12

Planet under Pressure - Conference Blog

We need green economy roadmaps with “concrete goals and benchmarks of progress” and we need them fast, according to the zero draft of the outcome document from the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20. Between now and 2015 this ambitious plan aims to establish indicators to evaluate implementation, mechanisms for technology transfer, sharing of know-how and capacity building.

11 Mar 12

IPS news

The upcoming Rio+20 conference has to be the moment in human history when the nations of the world come together to find ways to ensure the very survival of humanity, many science and environmental experts believe.

Further Reading

21 Sep 11

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

29 Feb 12

The Conference Synopsis is now available

04 Oct 11

Third meeting of the German Advisory Group on 13 September

NEXUS in the Media

01 Nov 11

IPS news

Several major new dams are being constructed on the Niger River. It’s a positive sign of growing investment in agriculture and energy, but it also has some observers worried. The new dams not only raise ecological concerns, but are also provoking difficult negotiations over equitably sharing the resources of a river basin that extends over two million square kilometres.

21 Apr 15

The Asian Age

Way back in 1999, before he became China’s Prime Minister, Wen Jiabao warned that water scarcity posed one of the greatest threats to the “survival of the nation”.

29 May 12


Why the world needs an agricultural revolution in Africa – The Economist’s Daily Chart

25 Oct 11

Deutsche Welle


  • 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