Universities and the Rio+20 Conference

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, to be held in Rio de Janeiro 20-22 June 2012 to celebrate the 2oth anniversary of the UN World Summit in 1992, will have critical impact on the future of universities worldwide. Since climate change will addressed as one of the major challenges for sustainable development, universities just  cannot push their heads ostrich-like in the sand anymore. If they would do so, like they did after Rio 1992 (besides a few exceptions around the University Charter on Sustainable Development or the Tailloires Declaration), they are at risk of being marginalized within their societies of which they think they are still the centre.

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