Green Government: UN’s Rio+20 Sustainable Development Conference Kicks Off

Wish I were in Rio.

Not for the beaches or the music or Carnival.

I wish I were in Rio to hear the world’s economic, government and industry leaders talk about Sustainable Development.

It’s called Rio+20, marking 20 years since the UN hosted a worldwide conversation on Sustainable Development in Rio de  Janeiro and the the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg.

Whether you care about climate change, or ending poverty, or eliminating health disparities, or protecting biodiversity, or innovating renewable energy, or bringing peace to the world’s conflicts, or just care about your kids and grandkids having a healthy world to inherit, this is the place to be.

From the Rio+20 site:

Sustainable development emphasizes a holistic, equitable and far-sighted approach to decision-making at all levels. It emphasizes not just strong economic performance but intragenerational and intergenerational equity

At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet to get to the future we want.


A Global Dialogue on Sustainability: Rio+20 Kicks Off This Week

For the next two weeks, the city of Rio de Janeiro will host a truly global dialogue on sustainability. Though the main official event will not start until Wednesday, June 20, a 3rd ‘Prep Com’ begins this Wednesday. It aims to finish the negotiations on a draft outcome document which is to be adopted by our governments at next week’s official UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Major themes are the transition to a ‘green’ economy and global environmental governance, but the draft document also includes a wide array of sub-themes, many of which are relevant to biodiversity.

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