The Worldwatch Institute is proud to launch State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity in Copenhagen, Denmark. Worldwatch experts and invited keynote speakers will be in Copenhagen for this event.

Date: 25 April 2012 at 1 pm - 5 pm
Venue: The Danish Design Museum’s banquet hall at Bredgade 68, Copenhagen (map)

The event is free of charge but registration is required to Please indicate your name, country and affiliation.

Please se Programme below.

Following the launch in Copenhagen, presentations of the State of the World 2012 report in different language editions are scheduled in cities throughout Europe. More information will follow.

World leaders will meet at the Rio+20 Conference in June 2012 to set new targets for global sustainability. To promote a discussion around this vital topic, Worldwatch’s flagship report “State of the World 2012” showcases creative policies and fresh approaches that are pushing forth ‘sustainable development’ in the twenty-first century.


13.00 Welcome and opening notes from Worldwatch Institute

Session 1 - Presenting the State of the World 2012 Report – SOW 2012

13.10 Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity
Erik Assadourian, SOW 2012 Project Director, Senior Researcher, Worldwatch Institute

13.40 Population and Sustainability: Ideas for Control-Free Policies
Robert Engelman, co-author SOW 2012, President, Worldwatch Institute

14.00 Biodiversity: Combating the Sixth Mass Extinction
Bo Normander, co-author SOW 2012, Director, Worldwatch Institute Europe

14.20 Questions from the audience

14.40 Coffee, tea and refreshments

Session 2 - Debating Europe’s Priorities for the Rio+20 Summit

15.00 Priorities for Rio+20 – Denmark’s Role During its EU Presidency
Torleif Jonasson, Secretary General, Danish United Nations Association

15.20 Priorities for the Rio+20 Summit from a Business Perspective
John Kornerup Bang, Lead Group Advisor, Climate Change & Environment at A.P. Moller - Maersk Group

15.40 Priorities for the Rio+20 Summit from a European Policy Perspective
Oldag Caspar, European Policy Officer at Germanwatch

16.00 Priorities for the Rio+20 Summit from a Grassroot Perspective
Esben Danielsen, Manager at Roskilde Festival

16.20 Panel Debate – Europe’s Priorities for Rio+20

17.00 End of conference

The conference is supported by the Velux Foundation


About State of the World 2012:

In the 2012 edition of its flagship report, Worldwatch Institute celebrates the twentieth anniversary of the 1992 Earth Summit with a far-reaching analysis of progress toward building sustainable economies. Written in clear language with easy-to-read charts, State of the World 2012 offers a new perspective on what changes and policies will be necessary to make sustainability a permanent feature of the world s economies.

The book will be for sale at the conference. You can also order it here