Jessica Thompson is the owner and president of Rinova International, an advisory firm specializing in low-carbon investments in emerging markets. Ms. Thompson resides in Washington, DC, and most recently acted as climate fund specialist for the office of the vice president for private sector at the Inter-American Development Bank. Her work supports private sector solutions to sustainable development, with a focus on renewable energy and forestry.

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On June 20–22 global leaders gathered in Rio de Janeiro for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) to discuss the future of our planet, society, and environment. While officially deemed a success, the outcome of the meetings has been met with mixed reactions: Detractors found that the meetings made little …

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