Five good reasons for journalists to attend IIED’s Fair ideas conference in Rio

News, 8 June 2012
On 16-17 June, IIED will hold a major event at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. The Fair ideas conference will gather leading experts in sustainable development from around the world. Here are five good reasons for journalists to be there.


Our fantastic set of speakers includes government ministers, business leaders, senior scientists, journalists, heads of UN agencies, activists, community leaders and a 2012 Goldman Prize winner -- Check out the full Fair ideas programme or see the press release for a quick summary.


Each day, there will be a series of 30-minute sessions in the press briefing room beneath the auditorium, where journalists can meet the conference speakers.


The International Council on Mining and Metals, chinadialogue, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development, Corporation 2020, the Green Economy Coalition and the International Institute for Environment and Development are among the organisations that will launch new reports or announce new initiatives during the conference.


As part of the Reframing Rio multimedia project, tve, with partners Inter Press Service and IIED will host three sessions that look at the ideas and issues emerging from Rio from the media perspective, and consider how communications are evolving in the light rapid technological change. See page 14 of the Fair ideas programme.


In contrast to the doom and gloom narrative that will ring out often in Rio, the IIED conference will provide a rich mix of positive stories, ground-tested solutions and visionary leadership. IIED has been working on sustainable development for 40 years and has used its convening power to bring together a diverse array of leading thinkers and doers to show that another world is possible. We expect around 2,000 people to attend the Fair ideas conference. It is a major milestone in our 40 year history which has included key roles at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, its predecessor in Stockholm in 1972 and its follow-up in Johannesburg in 2002.

Registration is now closed, follow the conference on Twitter using #fairideas


Mike Shanahan
Press officer

International Institute for Environment and Development
80-86 Gray’s Inn Road
London WC1X 8NH, UK.
Tel: +44 (0)20 3463 7399
Fax: +44 (0)20 3514 9055


Notes to editors

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is an independent, non-profit research institute. Set up in 1971 and based in London, IIED provides expertise and leadership in researching and achieving sustainable development (see:

Was this page useful to you?