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46 BizEd JULY | AUGUST 2015 SEEDS BY ANTHONY BUONO, MATTHEW GITSHAM, JEAN-CHRISTOPHE CARTERON, AND JONAS HAERTLE IT HAS BEEN THREE YEARS since nearly 50,000 people gathered in Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations' Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development. The 2012 confer- ence—which took place 20 years after the U.N.'s landmark Earth Summit in the same city—was the largest U.N. summit ever organized. It attracted representatives from governments, corporations, NGOs, youth movements, and higher education insti- tutes. And given the myriad social, economic, and environmental challenges facing us, those in attendance had plenty to discuss. While some participants felt the gathering fell short of achieving its aspirations, nonetheless it was an important step in the slow march toward sustainable develop- ment—and 2015 is poised to see two more major milestones achieved. First, this September in New York, it is likely that the U.N. will agree to adopt a comprehensive set of global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs will SO ING THE SUSTAINABILITY OF Business schools have key roles to play in helping the world achieve ambitious sustainability goals.

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