Rio de Janeiro

At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups will come together to shape the future we want.

The University of Exeter and Rio +20

At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet to get to the future we want. The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) will take place in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg.

The University of Exeter's involvement

Harriet Sjerps-Jones, Sustainability Curriculum Development Manager and Professor Jonathan Gosling are attending the summit.

Harriet is one of the editors of the Rio+20 Treaty on Sustainable Development in Higher Education. This treaty aims to provide a frame work for collaborative efforts to transform the sector towards sustainable development.

As company director for the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), she is hosting a Side Event with Higher Education Partners from across the globe.  The event, ‘Aiming higher, unlocking tertiary education's potential for Sustainable Development’, brings together 15 higher education associations and student groups  from around the world seeking to embed higher education for sustainability into the formal dialogues taking place at Rio.

Professor Jonathan Gosling, Director of the Centre for Leadership Studies in the Business School, is involved with the Rio PRME conference. The mission of the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative is to inspire and champion responsible management education, research and thought leadership globally.

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Best sustainability practice at the University


The Environment and Sustainability Institute

Leading cutting-edge research into solutions to problems of environmental change. Enhancing people's lives by improving their relationships with the environment.

Water management

Renewable energy solutions

Predicting climate change

Low carbon building design

Rural policy and food security

Masters Programmes

The One Planet MBA  (FT and Modular)

MSc Sustainable Development (Distance Learning and FT)

MSc Energy Policy (FT and PT)

MSc Climate Change and Risk Management (FT and PT)

Support for external initiatives

The University has endorsed the Declaration for Higher Education Sustainability Initiative for Rio +20. This initiative collates commitments from individual institutions.

The One Planet MBA  of the Business School, will be a signatory of the '9 principles of the Green Economy'