About the UNCSD-L Mailing List

  • UNCSD-L is a community announcement list for policy makers and practitioners involved in international sustainable development, particularly those focused on follow up to the outcome of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, also referred to as Rio+20). This free knowledge-sharing tool is managed and moderated by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Reporting Services. UNCSD-L is a peer-to-peer service meant to advance understanding of sustainable development by allowing subscribers to post announcements related to activities with a strong focus on international sustainable development policy and/or practice. UNCSD-L offers users a tool to better publicize and coordinate their efforts through virtual knowledge exchange.

    The UNCSD-L was launched when the UN, governments, academics, NGOs, businesses and the media were undertaking preparations for UNCSD. The UNCSD convened 20 years after the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, also known as the Rio Earth Summit), and will sought to assess implementation of previous commitments while addressing new and emerging challenges to sustainable development.

  • Postings include international sustainable development policy news, announcements of workshops/conferences, job listings and information on new publications and online resources. Postings also include the Sustainable Development Update, a compilation of items recently posted to the Sustainable Development Policy & Practice knowledgebase, which was also developed by IISD.

      The listserve is moderated by IISD, and only announcements that satisfy the following guidelines will be distributed to subscribers:
    1. All postings should be announcements appropriate for an international audience that have a connection to international sustainable development policy and/or practice: i.e. best practices in sustainable development, announcements or outcomes of sustainable-development-related meetings or sessions/side events, relevant job postings, publications and online resources;
    2. No press releases or postings that are commercial in nature, personal statements, news stories, polemic statements or postings intended to create discussion will be cleared for distribution to the list;
    3. Postings should include the internet address for large documents (URLs) rather than including attached files. If possible, do not send file attachments.If you must attach a file, small PDF files under 200 kb are always recommended. Any message larger than 500kb is rejected by our software.
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