What has worked well, and what needs to be done next in the field of sustainable development? What had to change? What alliances needed to be forged? What hurdles needed to be overcome, and what can we learn from all of these experiences?
The RST asked some of the key sustainability figures to reflect on the developments in their fields: reflecting on the lessons of the past so as to inform strategy and action in the future.
Bjorn Stigson charts the development of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development from its origins around the 1992 Earth Summit through to its role today as a global network of businesses working torwards sustainable development.
Bjorn Stigson, former president of the WBCSD and visiting professor at the Gothenburg School of Business, has extensive experience in...
Building bridges, informing policy with research, and finding ways to amplify hushed voices: Camilla Toulmin walks through the journey of IIED, spanning four decades and the modern environment movement.
Camilla Toulmin is Director of the International Institute for Environment and Development based in London (IIED).
Vitae Civilis – the Institute for Development, Environment and Peace, in Brazil – was set up in 1989, following the Bruntland Report. Its mission is to support communities to build sustainable societies, as Rubens Born describes.
Rubens builds powerful networks and coalitions of civil society organizations addressing major issues of environmental protection and sustainable...
Global fisheries are perhaps the biggest sustainable challenge after climate change: the world wants to have its fish and eat it. But Rupert Howes looks at how, by engaging the whole supply chain, significant efforts are being made towards sustainable fisheries.
Rupert Howes is Chief Executive of the Marine Stewardship Council.
Effective sustainable development requires effective democracy, but can democracy in practice move fast enough for the challenges we now face? Halina Ward explores the challenges of democracy and outlines a road map for the future.
From April 2009-May 2013 Halina Ward was Director of the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development (FDSD).
Tim Smit describes the genesis of the Eden Project in a Cornish garden, the nail-biting challenges of redeveloping a big hole in the ground, and what has become one of the most well-known mining regeneration projects in the world.
Sir Tim Smit KBE is Executive Chairman, Eden Regeneration Ltd and Founding Director of the Award winning Eden Project near St Austell in Cornwall...
What are the underlying questions for working towards sustainable development - the cross-cutting issues?
Looking across perspectives, timelines and discussions, we've pulled out some of the common questions raised for sustainable development and some of the different responses.