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Rio + 20: Home

Guide to activity at the global meeting of world leaders on environment and development to be held in Rio de Janeiro, June 20-22, 2012, includes preliminary and side meetings, e.g. Earth Summit


This meeting of global leaders from more than 140 countries is a follow-up to the 1972, 1992, and 2002 meetings on sustainable development. The emphasis will be on reviewing progress, or lack of, on the Agenda 21 goals outlined at the Rio summit in 1992. Economic, environmental and social policy issues will be discussed and addressed.

Other Third Party Sites

IAP Statement on Pollution and Consumption - global network of 105 science academies issued a statement of the eve of the Summit, June 14, 2012.

Natural Capital Declaration - a commitment by the finance sector for R10+20 and beyond

Rio+20 Essential Information - a brief  and succinct (8 page) overview of the Conference from Vitae Civilis, a Brazilian NGO.

UNEP FI Position paper on Rio+20 - UNEP Finance Initiative 4 page paper focusing on Rio+20 outcomes, representing a large share of the global finance sector. - a global non-profit network involved in shaping and responding to the Rio+20, includes social media contact info

Conference websites

United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) - the official conference website includes how the conference works, lists of meetings and side events, lists of delegations and their responses to draft documents, as well as more than a dozen issue briefs.

The Future We Want - the official 53 page report of the conference.

Earth Summit 2012

The Earth Summit 2012 is subtitled the Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future. It runs parallel with the official government involved UNCSD and includes NGOs, businesses, and other non-governmental actors. This site lists meeting schedules, issue briefs, links to the official UNCSD website, and plenty of publications from organizations involved in the summit.

A Pocket Guide to Sustainable Development (2nd ed. 2012) - produced by the Stakeholder Forum this 158 page guide is background reading for discussions around the Rio+20 summit.

Rio+20 Portal: Building the People's Summit - a very energized site to connect people attending the summit and who want to follow the outcomes. Lots of documents and links to involved parties for the Summit.

Post-Conference Responses

Seven Crucial Areas

The conference planners have identified seven crucial issues to be addressed:

  • Jobs 
  • Energy
  • Cities
  • Food
  • Water
  • Oceans
  • Disasters

Read the special overviews on these here

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