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1 Introduction: Framing the debate on the green economy and governance from different angles Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira

Introduction The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) took place in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992 and put the concept of sustainable development definitively on policy agendas at all levels from global to local. It was one of the largest gatherings of world leaders and generated a series of important documents such as Agenda 21, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention on Biological Diversity and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. Almost 20 years later, even though important progress has been made in several areas, the world still struggles to implement the decisions following up UNCED and to steer humanity towards a more sustainable path. In order to advance further the implementation of the sustainable development agenda, the United Nations has set two broad themes for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012 (UNCSD, or Rio+20): the institutional framework for sustainable development and the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. These two themes will be the axes of the discussions in this book. The authors will analyse the themes from dif­ ferent perspectives, ranging from implications to development assistance to the role of indigenous people and cities. The debates on these two themes will permeate the discussions in the sustainability arena in the future. Green economy and good governance for sustainable development: Opportunities, promises and concerns, Puppim de Oliveira (ed.), United Nations University Press, 2012, ISBN 978-92-808-1216-9

Green Economy and Good Governance for Sustainable Development: Opportunities, Promises and Concerns  
Green Economy and Good Governance for Sustainable Development: Opportunities, Promises and Concerns  

Debates on green growth and environmental governance tend to be general in nature, and are often conceptual or limited to single disciplines...