Rioplus: Environmental policy and sustainable development

The financial, energy, climate and food crises have revealed just how closely intertwined the three dimensions of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental – are.

Pinboard with coloured notes (containing visions for a sustainable future) written by participants of the Rio+20 Conference
Pinboard at Rio+20 Conference

Our current economic system is putting the world’s ecosystems and resources under more strain than they are able to cope with, while at the same time poverty and social problems are becoming more acute. These are huge challenges for developing countries.

It is therefore high time to integrate the environmental dimension of sustainability more thoroughly into development cooperation. To this end, GIZ is working on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to inject new ideas. We are supporting BMZ in international policy processes seeking to bring about a green economy. And we are developing approaches and instruments to advance the implementation of the paradigm of sustainable development.

GIZ’s Rioplus project concentrates on the following key areas:

  • strengthening personal and institutional competences,
  • integrating environmental concerns into sectoral policies and international development processes,
  • getting the incentives right,
  • getting the metrics right.

 
This supraregional GIZ project is called Rioplus after the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. It was at this conference that sustainable development was for the first time declared to be a global policy paradigm.

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