In January 2012, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and South African President Jacob Zuma launched the report, "Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing". The report was clearly influenced by centre research on resilience and sustainability governance. Photo: UN News and Media

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When the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) was launched in 2007, one of its ambitions was to become a reference point and convener for high-level talks on sustainable governance.

One of the most significant events (co)hosted by the centre over the last years have been the Nobel Laureate Symposia series, where leading experts on sustainability discuss and develop solutions on how we can transform current governance into a more sustainable and adaptive management approach that operates within the boundaries of the planet.

In 2011, the third Nobel Laureate Symposium, which followed from previous meetings in Potsdam and London, focused on the need for integrated approaches that deal with the synergies, conflicts and trade-offs between the individual components of climate change.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and his High-level panel on global sustainability were invited to attend the third symposium in Stockholm. The panel, which brings together renowned world figures to formulate a new blueprint for a sustainable future, chose to cut short its own meeting in Helsinki and come to Stockholm.

In early 2012, the panel issued its final report entitled "Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing" and was clearly influenced by SRC's research and networking capacity. The most direct evidence of SRC influence is its extensive use of research on planetary boundaries, tipping points and the acceleration of environmental change.

The report is in many respects the counterpart of the 1987 landmark report by the World Commission on Environment and Development, "Our Common Future", better known to as the Brundtland report. Just as its predecessor the report is a significant contribution to the UN's work on sustainable development, and was an important contribution to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012.

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