Governments fall behind on sustainability agenda ahead of Rio+20 | Guardian Sustainable Business |   Leave a comment



“Government leaders have fallen well behind leaders of NGOs, corporations and multilateral organisations in advancing the sustainability agenda ahead of the Rio+20 Summit, according to GlobeScan and SustainAbility’s recent survey of experts in the field.

GlobeScan and SustainAbility surveyed more than 500 sustainability experts from across 60+ countries on the sustainability performance of key actors that will be instrumental in the Rio+20 summit.

With experts giving high marks to NGO leaders on advancing the sustainability agenda, middling ratings to corporate leaders and leaders of multilateral organisations and poor grades to nationally elected governmental leaders, the expert perspectives mirror global public opinion polling on trust. According to GlobeScan’s research, people across the world have the most trust in NGOs and the least in government. Business enjoys low but improving trust among the general public.

Together these findings suggest an important undercurrent in the lead up to Rio+20. Governments remain the principal actors at the summit, but both stakeholders and the general public are increasingly critical of their performance. While ensuring a strong role in Rio de Janeiro for a range of stakeholders including civil society, business and UN agencies will be important, the results of the survey suggest there needs to be special emphasis placed on the role of NGOs.

Given the high levels of social capital of NGOs, one of the most effective ways to increase the legitimacy of the proceedings would be to elevate their roles and responsibilities in the Rio+20 conference. It would also provide some badly needed cover to national governments and could very well unlock unexpected progress in the negotiations.”

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Posted October 8, 2011 by arnoneumann in Sustainability

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