The Planet Under Pressure 2012 Conference

The 2012 international Planet Under Pressure conference will provide a comprehensive update of the pressure planet Earth is now under. 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 Conference on Sustainable Development - Rio+20.
When 26 Mar, 2012 08:20 AM to
29 Mar, 2012 06:20 PM
Where London, UK
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Key Aims

The key aims of the conference include:

  • 2500 participants combining global-change science and policy, business and development communities
  • Scientific leadership towards the 2012 UN Rio +20 conference
  • Building trans-disciplinary research communities
  • Identifying opportunities for enhanced partnerships between global change science and policy, industry and the public
  • A new vision for international research

Building on a comprehensive update of knowledge of the Earth system and the pressure it is under, the Planet Under Pressure conference will present and debate new insights into potential opportunities and constraints for innovative development pathways based on novel partnerships.

The four-day conference will follow this flow:


Day 1: State of the planet: the latest knowledge about the pressures on the planet


Day 2: Options and opportunities: exchanging knowledge about ways of reducing the pressures on the planet, promoting transformative changes for a sustainable future and adapting to changes in the global system


Day 3: Challenges to progress: clarifying what is preventing or slowing humanity from implementing potential solutions


Day 4: Ways ahead: a vision for 2050 and beyond, and exploring new partnerships and pathways towards global sustainability


Conference themes

A.    Meeting global needs: food, energy, water and other ecosystem services

B.    Transforming our way of living: development pathways under global environmental change

C.     Governing across scales: innovative stewardship of the Earth system


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