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Rio+20: Twenty years later

Key Dates

In 2009, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) convened to arrange a “…United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development at the highest possible level, including Heads of State and Government or other representatives. The Government of Brazil offer to host the Conference.” Paragraph 20 of the resolution A/RES/64/236 states: It is our hope that the outcome should be “forward-looking and action oriented” and should result in a “focused, political document” The UN Conference on Sustainable Development will be held in June 2012, in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The objectives of the conference are: 1) Secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development. 2) Assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development. 3) Address new and emerging challenges. The Conference Secretary General, Mr. Sha Zukang, highlights some new and emerging challenges for consideration: green jobs and social inclusion, sound water management, sustainable cities, management of oceans, and improved disaster preparedness. The Conference will also focus on two themes: (a) a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and (b) the institutional framework for sustainable development. • The Green Economy: The concept of green economy focuses primarily on the intersection between environment and economy. This recalls the 1992 Rio Conference: the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. There are often trade-offs between economic and environmental goals. With the green economy, decision-makers want to recognize and strengthen the synergies between both. • Institutional Framework: The need to strengthen the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development (IFSD) is addressed in the Johannesburg Plan of Action and will be discussed in Rio+20. The IFSD discussion thus also encompasses the role of institutions comprising the economic and social dimensions, e.g. considering how to step up efforts to bridge the gap between the international financial institutions (IFIs) and the

• 25 Jan 2012 - 27 Jan 2012: Initial discussions on the zero draft of outcome document, New York • 31 Jan 2012 - 3 Feb 2012: Latin America and Caribbean Ministerial Environment Forum for Rio+20 Quito, Ecuador, • 20 Feb 2012 - 22 Feb 2012: 12th Special Session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum, TBC th

• 12 Mar 2012 – 17 Mar 2012: 6 World Water Forum, Marseilles, France

• 19 Mar 2012 - 23 Mar 2012: First round of 'informal-informal' negotiations on the zero draft of outcome document, New York rd

• 26 Mar 2012 - 27 Mar 2012: 3 Intersessional Meeting of UNCSD, UN Secretariat, New York

• 26 Mar 2012 - 29 Mar 2012: Planet under Pressure 2012 - New Knowledge Towards Solutions, London, UK • 30 Apr 2012 - 4 May 2012: Negotiations (informal-informal) on draft outcome document, UN Secretariat, New York • 14 May 2012 - 19 May 2012: International Conference on Degrowth in the Americas, Quebec, Canada • 29 May 2012 - 1 Jun 2012: ICLEI World Congress, Belo Horizonte, Brazil • 5 Jun 2012 – 6 Jun 2012: World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil rd

• 13 Jun 2012 – 15 Jun 2012: 3 Preparatory Committee Meeting of UNCSD, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

• 16 Jun 2012 – 19 Jun 2012: Conference of the Middle, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

• 20 Jun 2012 -22 Jun 2012: UNCSD Rio+20 Earth Summit

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Rio+20: A Water Guide for Young Water Experts  

Water will be a central component of the Rio discussions due to its role in the green economy. Furthermore, water management structures will...

Rio+20: A Water Guide for Young Water Experts  

Water will be a central component of the Rio discussions due to its role in the green economy. Furthermore, water management structures will...

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