United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20)
Twenty years ago the Rio Earth Summit hailed a new era of international co-operation for environmental protection and sustainable development. But what has really been achieved, and how do we take the next steps? Twenty years on representatives of governments, NGOs, businesses and other groups are about to gather back in Rio de Janeiro to discuss these and other questions.
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development will take place from June 20-22, 2012.
It will focus on two themes:
and pursue action in seven priority areas: decent jobs; energy; sustainable cities; food security and sustainable agriculture; water; oceans; disaster readiness
Global Greens Rio+20 Side Event
In the lead up to the conference the Brasilian Green Party are hosting a Global Greens event on the 18th of June. They plan to adopt a text on the green economy including proposals for a more environmentally balanced world and without poverty, which will be taken to the main event.
Participate Online in the Sustainable Development Dialogues
You can also participate via the internet in another side event: the Sustainable Development Dialogues. These are being hosted by the Brazilian Government and the UN specifically for civil society and NGO groups. The dialogues will cover 10 topics:
The dialogues will take place from June 16 to 19 with debates in Rio broadcast live via the UN website supplemented by online dialogues and voting on recommendations. The online platform is available in four languages (English, French, Spanish and Portuguese), with an in-built tool that allows the translation of specific posts into 40 languages. Follow the language links above to join in the dialogues.