Richard Munang is currently the United Nations Environment Program policy and program coordinator for the Climate Change Adaptation & Development Program. He specializes in societal and ecosystem-based adaptation and has conducted several assessments to understand how adaptation strategies and policy can be formulated to reduce climate change impacts. He has participated in a wide variety of research projects and has published more than 50 articles in international peer-reviewed journals.

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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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