Category Archives: Environment and Climate

Three Important Social Good Events – This Week and Next

The next two weeks promise to be extremely busy for the NGO, social good and philanthropy communities. Here are three events that take place this week and next.

Child Survival Call to Action: This Thursday and Friday USAID along with India’s and Ethiopia’s governments will convene the Child Survival Call to Action event at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. During the two-day event high-level talks with stakeholders, partners, members of civil society and the faith community will take place around the issue of ending the millions of preventable child deaths.

Rio + Social: Leading up to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio + Social will take place in Rio de Janeiro where social media experts and leaders in the social entrepreneur and social good space will examine the ways in which we communicate ideas about helping others through social media and how those communication methods can be scaled and improved.

Rio + 20: The last time the United Nations convened a conference on sustainable development was 20 years ago. To say this conference is critical to the future of our planet and its citizens is a gross understatement.

Emerging from this conference will be key ideas and plans that aim to move our global society forward in a more sustainable fashion. We will share the discussions that take place throughout the week. Our main focus will be on women and sustainable development.

Be sure to follow our coverage of each event on Twitter, Facebook, and here on the site.

Join Moms Groups for a 30-Minute Chat About the Earth Summit

Chat Details

What: 30-Minute Chat About Sustainability with Million Moms Challenge, Moms Rising, Moms Clean Air Force, Mom Bloggers for Social Good with experts: Aaron Sherinian and Richenda Van Leeuwen
Where: Million Moms Challenge
When: 1 – 1:30 PM EST

This is an extremely important month! Rio + 20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (also known as the Earth Summit) will take place in Rio de Janeiro between June 20 – 22. This is a critical global conference as important decisions and discussions will take place around issues of sustainability from our waters and oceans to food, women and the green economy. This is a cricial time for the future of our planet and the ways in which we all live and work with the environment.

Tomorrow from 1 – 1:30 PM EST I will participate as a co-host for a 30-minute chat about important sustainability issues as we lead up to Rio + 20. The chat will take place over at Million Moms Challenge as they lead the discussion. Other co-hosts are Moms Rising and Moms Clean Air Force.

We will be chatting with Aaron Sherinian, Vice-President of Communications and Public Relations for the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and Richenda Van Leeuwen, Senior Director of UNF’s Energy & Climate team, for a briefing on key issues and why moms need to take interest in Rio+20 outcomes.

Women Rights and Rio+20

Yesterday the Gates Foundation published my latest piece on their blog Impatient Optimists: A Push for Women’s Rights at Rio+20. The piece discusses the UN’s Conference on Sustainable Development that will take place in June and the demands the Women’s Major Group has set in place for the conference.

Women are seeking rights-based improvements that will benefit women, especially women living in poverty, in developing countries. For food, energy, water and sanitation the Women’s Major Group listed these amended negotiations.

Watch the Women’s Major Group intervention on Tuesday May 30th at Rio+20 informals in New York, delivered by Rosa Lizarde of the Feminist Task Force.

Join the Rio+20 Women for Sustainable Future community.

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Women and Environmental Sustainability

This June the UN will hold high-level talks about developmental sustainability at the Rio  + 20 conference.  One of the key issues that will be on the agenda is women and environmental sustainability.

In the developing world women are disproportionately reliant upon forests for the well-being of their households (Forests and Gender) whether it is gathering firewood,  fuel, fibre and/or medicines (FAO).

The women’s working committee who will speak on behalf of women worldwide have put the following action items (Women Rio+20) on the table:

  • Gender equality in all spheres of our societies: education, employment, ownership and control over resources, access to justice, political representation, institutional decision- making, care giving and household and community management.
  • Respect for human rights and social justice: building societies based on respect for human rights of all people, ensuring social protection, sustainable livelihoods and environmental security, and fair distribution of the earth’s natural and economic resources.
  • Environmental conservation and protection of human health: creating societies which function within the earth’s ability to support life and human livelihoods, preventing disruptive climatic changes as well as pollution and contamination of ecosystems and human settlements.

Follow the conversation and updates at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development’s Women’s page.

Photo: © Razvanjp

Rio + Social: A Social Media Conference for Social Good

The United Nations Foundation* is hosting a global social media event, Rio + Social, on June 19 in Brazil the day before world leaders converge upon Rio to discuss weighty issues surrounding sustainable development. From discussing the environment and climate to food stability and the world’s oceans, high level talks will take place at the United Nations’ Rio + 20 conference. Rio + Social is intended for new media leaders to discuss viable and sustainable ways to better push forth solutions to these global problems through social media and technology.

Coming on the heels of the annual Social Good Summit held in New York City each year, Rio + Social is again in partnership with Mashable and the 92nd Street Y in addition to support from Ericsson, EDP, and LiveAD. Rio + Social promises to be the largest social media and technology event in South America. Key speakers at Rio + Social include Ted Turner, Pete Cashmore, and Fabio Barbosa among others.

Visit for more information.

Rio + Social will be streamed online so everyone can participate.