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Is there a secret to promoting sustainable development?

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Rio+20 didn’t go far enough - what now?

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Was Rio+20 a failure of political leadership?

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Does GDP make us happy?

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“You are going to succeed where we failed”: the Elders meet the ‘Youngers’

“One of the most incredible sources of energy for me is when I am with young people – sorry oldies!” Desmond Tutu

In May 2012 four 'Youngers' – climate change activists from Nigeria, Brazil, Sweden and China – joined the Elders at their bi-annual meeting in Oslo to discuss the upcoming Rio+20 summit on sustainable development, the role of the UN, and how to mobilise civil society, especially young people, around urgent global issues.

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How to create the change we want?

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We have always been impatient, but change is now urgent

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Elders+Youngers: building a sustainable and more equitable world for all

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Bringing intergenerational dialogue to Rio+20

“You have not told us to 'calm down', that we don't need to be radical; you have instead told us that we have the power to make change happen – and that is what we need to hear!” Sara Svensson

In June 2012, following eight weeks of online debate, the Elders and ‘Youngers’ travelled to Brazil for Rio+20, the UN summit on sustainable development.

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The Elders+Youngers in Rio!

Throughout Rio+20 the Elders and Youngers added daily updates on the Rio+20 negotiations and news from their visit – go to the live blog for the full Elders+Youngers story

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Rio+20 is not the response we need to safeguard people and the planet

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Video Q&A: Elders+Youngers in Rio

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Are girls better at saving the planet than boys?

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Elders+Youngers: live debate in Oslo

What will a cleaner tomorrow look like? How do you empower young people? How can countries with different ideologies and cultures reach a consensus over our environment and development?

Desmond Tutu, Mary Robinson, and Gro Brundtland debated these questions with young activists Esther and Marvin at a public event in Oslo, with questions from a live online audience. Watch the video and join the discussion.

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Is sustainable development a luxury we cannot afford?

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Introducing: Marvin

“People in our society should feel they are empowered with equal access to energy, healthcare and quality education.”

Marvin, from China, introduces himself and outlines the key issues as he sees them. He is one of the four ‘Youngers’, young leaders committed to putting sustainable development into practice, participating in the Elders and Youngers debate, in advance of the Rio+20 summit.

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People, profit and the environment – can we balance them all?