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"Participation is ranked 3rd (out of 97) and is well supported across all organisational types. Given the prominence of this concept, turning it into meaningful initiatives and outcomes in the Rio process will be vital." Rio+20: Analysis of Zero Draft Submissions, January 2012 [1]

Henderson Waves, Singapore

The Greening of Singapore, 14 January [2]

Cheser Zoo, England

Jane Goodall Institute: Saving Trees and Chimpanzees While Improving Health, 1/11/12 [3] topic


Rio 2012 - Zero draft of the outcome document published, January 2012 [4]

Sunset at the rowing pond

World cities say: 'Hear us!', New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg champions a major role for cities at Rio+20, Jan. 03 [5]

  1., p.6, January 2012
  2., 14 January 2012
  3., 1/11/12
  4., January 2012
  5., Jan. 03, 2012


Paris Old Metro Signboard

In Paris, smartphones double as travel passes, 14th September [1] topic

We Can't Drink Money

France Becomes First Country to Ban Extraction of Natural Gas by Fracking, Jun 30 [2]

Night view of Eiffel Tower, Paris, France

Paris to Launch the World’s First Municipal Electric Vehicle Hire Scheme, June 9 [3]


Pavement power lights up Toulouse, 13 April [4]


  • French redefine wealth to include happiness, September 15 [5] topic
  • Wildfires across southern Europe. Wildfires break out across Spain, France, Greece, Italy and Turkey. Over 200 volunteers and 100 firefighters were trying to contain the fires across Turkey, which saw temperatures of 48 °C (118 °F), July 26. [6]


  • A Stamp for Sustainable Lifestyles, July 2. [7] The French postal service "La Poste" and UNEP have partnered to publish a booklet of letter stamps (Carnet de dix) inspired by the project UNEP/UNESCO youthXchange. This Carnet has the dimension and shape of a business card and contains 10 stamps, each of which carries a message related to sustainable consumption. topic



  1., 14th September 2011
  2., Jun 30, 2011
  3., June 9, 2011
  4., 13 April 2010
  5., September 15, 2009
  6. 2009 Mediterranean wildfires W July 2009
  7. United Nations Environment Programme, July 2
  8. Washington Post
  9. UNEP press release

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