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About Planet Under Pressure 2012
The Event
The Planet under Pressure Conference in London, March 26-29, 2012, provides the definitive assessment of
the state of the planet in advance of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, in June 2012.
The world’s leading experts in climate, development, geoengineering, international trade, environment,
international governance, the oceans, biodiversity, poverty alleviation and food security are attending the

Delegates represent many different sectors and fields of expertise–well-known social and natural scientists,
policymakers, industry representatives and stakeholders from civil society–and all share a common concern:
the State of our Planet and the search for viable solutions to the world’s pressing problems.

Planet under Pressure 2012 is a landmark event on the way to the Rio+20 Summit this summer, and will help
define the agenda for the next decade of global-change research around the world.

The conference has been designed by the conference International Scientific Organising Committee to
highlight the very real pressures that the planet is under:

Monday March 26: State of the Planet: latest knowledge about the pressures on the planet.
Tuesday March 27: Options and opportunities: exchanging knowledge about ways of reducing the pressures on
the planet, promoting transformative changes for a sustainable future and adapting to changes in the global
Wednesday March 28: Challenges to progress: clarifying what is preventing or slowing humanity from
implementing potential solutions
Thursday March 29: Ways ahead: a vision for 2050 and beyond, and exploring new partnerships and pathways
towards global sustainability
Here is further detail about the Conference Outline and Themes

Our Conference Co-Chairs are:
Lidia Brito
Director Science Policy and Capacity
Building (Natural Sciences), UNESCO,
France and Mozambique

Mark Stafford Smith
Science Director, Climate Adaptation
Flagship at CSIRO, Australia
Here is the detailed Conference Programme

The conference plenary sessions will be streamed live every day (26-29 March) on the web followed by The
Daily Planet, a live broadcast news programme from the event. Live web stream and news show

While the 2,500 scientists, policy makers, business executives, and academics gather in London, with over 125
breakout sessions and 1000 posters, there are 150 public events at museums and science centers around the
globe to run concurrently with Planet under Pressure.

For an overview of all events visit: Public Events

Planet Under Pressure Conference Co-Organizers

International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme
IGBP provides essential international scientific leadership and knowledge of the Earth system to help guide
society onto a sustainable pathway during rapid global change.

By linking biology, ecology and social sciences, DIVERSITAS produces socially relevant new knowledge to
support sustainable use of biodiversity.

International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change
IHDP provides international leadership in framing, developing and integrating social science research on global
environmental change, and promotes key findings of this research to help address these challenges.

World Climate Research Programme
WCRP improves climate predictions and our understanding of human influence on climate through
observations and modelling of the Earth system and the policy-relevant assessment of climate conditions.

Earth System Science Partnership
ESSP is a partnership of the four international global-change programmes. It is an integrated study of the Earth
System, the ways that it is changing, and the implications for global and regional sustainability.

The scientific conference sponsor is the International Council for Science.

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