The Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, begun by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, is soliciting commitments for concrete actions that will help achieve sustainable energy for all by 2030. These commitments can be made by governments, businesses, and civil society organizations, and will be displayed on the Sustainable Energy for All Commitments website. Commitment-makers must submit to annual progress reports. The registry includes one featured commitment and a list of all the commitments.
The UN Global Compact, founded in 2000, is soliciting commitments from corporations to take action in support of UN goals and issues. All commitments made ahead of Rio+20 and linked to its agenda will be displayed on the business.un.org website and featured in the outcome document of the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum. Commitments can include new projects or partnerships, existing activities that are being scaled up, adding partners to specific projects, or renewal of previously recognized commitments. In order to be recognized, commitment-makers must specify time-bound, measurable targets and must agree to submit annual progress reports. The registry is easily searchable by issue and commitment-maker, and has an easy-to-use partner matching search function.
The Corporate Eco Forum (CEF) is a membership organization for large companies that demonstrate a commitment to environment as a business strategy issue. CEF’s mission is to help accelerate sustainable business innovation by creating the best neutral space for business leaders to strategize and exchange best-practice insights. Members represent 18 industries and have combined revenues exceeding $3 trillion.
Earth Summit Watch is a civil society partnership to track preparations country-by-country for the Rio+20 Earth Summit. It highlights countries whose governments have made significant commitments to action. The Watch was founded by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Stakeholder Forum and Road to Rio+20.
The Access Initiative, founded in 1999, has begun a Three Demands Campaign to submit demands to national governments from civil society organizations around the theme of improved national environmental governance. Each participating country has submitted a list of “Three Demands” or “3Ds” to their national governments and will continue working with their governments in order to make these and similar commitments public by the Earth Summit. Governments are encouraged to respond and commit to ensure that the next wave of reforms to promote environmental democracy is more meaningful than the last. These demands are featured on a clickable map on the Access Initiative’s 3 Demands website, and users are invited to comment on their country’s demands.
The Rio+20 Secretariat is soliciting voluntary partnerships to facilitate, strengthen and expedite implementation by involving those relevant stakeholders that can make a contribution to sustainable development. All partnerships will be displayed on the HYPERLINK "http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/partnershipregistry.html"Rio+20 Partnerships Registry website. Partnerships are invited from a number of stakeholders, including UN organizations, Major Group organizations, or Member States. These partnerships are multi-stakeholder initiatives specifically linked to the implementation of globally agreed commitments in the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) (Johannesburg Plan of Implementation), Agenda 21 and/or the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21. The registry is easily searchable by topic area and title keyword.
The Rio+20 Secretariat is soliciting voluntary commitments to deliver concrete results for sustainable development. All commitments made ahead of Rio+20 and linked to its agenda will be displayed on the Rio+20 Voluntary Commitments website. Commitments are invited from all stakeholders, including: corporations, Major Group organizations, associations, academic institutions, philanthropic organizations, UN entities, partnerships involving more than one stakeholder, and Member States. In order to be recognized, commitments must be specific, measurable, funded, new (or an extension of an existing commitment), and must cover at least one of 23 sustainable development subject areas. The registry is easily searchable by these subject areas and by title keyword.
The Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), was founded in 2009 to mobilize global support to reduce the growth of GHG emissions generated by land transport in developing countries by promoting more sustainable, low carbon transport. SLoCaT is comprised of over 50 organizations, including UN organizations, multilateral development banks, technical cooperation agencies, NGOs, and research organizations.
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges. To date, CGI members have made more than 2,100 commitments, which when fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $69.2 billion. Commitments must be new, specific, and measurable. CGI asks commitment-makers to provide regular progress reports. The website is searchable by commitment title, commitment-maker, location, and type. CGI also features several commitments on its homepage.
The Cancun Agreements are a set of significant decisions by the international community to address the long-term challenge of climate change collectively and comprehensively over time and to take concrete action now to speed up the global response. The agreements, reached on December 11 in Cancun, Mexico, at the 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference represent key steps forward in capturing plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to help developing nations protect themselves from climate impacts and build their own sustainable futures.
The Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) was created in 2005 by former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone, and forged a partnership in 2006 with the Cities program of President Clinton’s Climate Initiative (CCI) to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy efficiency in large cities across the world. The C40 is a network of large and engaged cities from around the world committed to implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally that will help address climate change globally.