RIO+ Centre Supports Decision-Making on Climate Change and Sustainability

Rio de Janeiro, 9 December 2014

Leveraging off the awareness created by the discussions at the 20th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP20) currently underway in Lima, Peru, the World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre) is launching a number of outputs online. These relate to gender and climate-smart agriculture and are developed by the Centre itself in collaboration with its strategic partners. Over a period of two weeks the Centre has been developing a range of communication products targeted at various target audiences and available for download.

If we want our work to have the full impact it deserves, we have to invest strategically in communications”, says Leisa Perch, Policy Specialist at the RIO+ Centre focal point for the Gender and Climate-Smart Agriculture Project. “Communications and dissemination are important elements of any work on sustainability.  However, by using public money, we also incur a obligation to make the knowledge that we gain from such work available as a public good, so that as many people as possible can benefit from it and that they are informed as to what happens next.”

The two-week communications campaign started on 1 December and is geared towards communicating work from a partnership between the RIO+ Centre and the Food and Natural Resources Planning Analysis Network (FANRPAN). The partnership that was established in mid-2014 is aimed at conducting a gender analysis of current climate-smart agriculture policy and practice in Southern Africa with a special focus on Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  (See It has been made possible with generous financial support from the Government of Norway.

All products are available for download and include social media posts, blogs, web stories, summaries of research and online discussion forums, launching of a Mozambique case-study as part of a new policy information series produced by the Centre, and an article published in the Stakeholder Forum Outreach Magazine.

The campaign also seeks to raise the profile of the partnership and its collaborative partners, and to enhance engagement from various stakeholders and target audiences, including policy and decision-makers, specialists, implementing agencies, collaborative partners and civil society.

Whilst we are communicating specific outcomes from our gender and CSA partnership, we also demonstrate very concretely how we are delivering on the Centre’s mandate from governments,” says Dr. Rômulo Paes de Sousa, Director of the RIO+ Centre. “We are collaborating closely with a number of countries on a wide range of issues relating to sustainability.  It is very important that the knowledge gained from these practical experiences are made available to inform debate, dialogue and decision-making on issues such as the post-2015 development agenda, and at the highest level.”

For more information, feel free to contact Ms. Leisa Perch, Policy Specialist, RIO+ World Centre on Sustainable Development on


Blog 1: Walking the Talk on Gender and CSA
Facebook Postcards:
Twitter: @RioPlusCentre
Case Study: Grounding Inclusion and Equity in Public Policy: Mozambique Case Study
Issues Brief: Inclusivity: Sustainability’s Powerhouse
Outreach Article: Gender and Climate Change: Shoehorned or Real?

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