Friday, 31 October 2014

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Rio+20

The peoples at Rio+20: "the Spirit of Rio”

UN-PhotoMaria-Elisa-Franco webWhen we think of large summits such as the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, we picture world leaders sitting around a table, deciding for us on the future of the planet.

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Back in time: What was Rio 1992?

Ricardo-Scholz webThe United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), or the Earth Summit as it was called informally, was held in Rio de Janeiro 3-14 June 1992. At the time, the Earth Summit was unprecedented for a UN conference in terms of both its size and the scope of its concerns. 172 states were represented, 108 of which at the level of heads of state or government. In addition, some 2,400 representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) attended, with 17,000 people at the parallel NGO "Global Forum".

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Do you know that businesses can also take a sustainable path?

Stockholm-Environment-Institute webThe UN’s Rio+20 Conference aims to put the world on a more sustainable course. In the hope of creating agreements prior to Rio+20, the UN Global Compact will host the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainable Forum: Innovation & Collaboration for the Future We Want, which takes place from 15-18 of June in Rio.

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The Future We Want - the European Perspective

RIO20FWW orig ENIn November 2011, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Rio+20 Secretary-General Sha Zukang announced a new campaign to promote the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development this June in Rio de Janeiro, Rio+20. The Rio+20 Conference will be an opportunity to envision the future we want for our planet twenty years from now.

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Interview with Janez Potočnik

Janez Potocnik EC webInternal Voices magazine interviews Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Environment.

What are your expectations and hopes looking towards the Rio+20 conference?
I have been somewhat dismayed at the lack of progress as the conference approaches. The EU has been fully engaged and will remain so, but the last New York discussions did not bring a breakthrough, and further efforts will be needed in Rio. This is why we are calling for a strong engagement by all parties and notably the host country, which will have a vital role in securing a success for the Conference.  Without that the chances of success in Rio will be limited.

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