Rio+20, 20 - 22 June 2012
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil


Highlights of Rio+20 and UNEP Side Events June 21

On Thursday June 21st, The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) continued in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Eighty-five Heads of State and Government, and Ministers were scheduled to address the Rio+20 plenary on Thursday. The high-level participants also took part in two roundtables to consider the theme “looking at the way forward in implementing the expected outcomes of the Conference.” Among the suggestions offered by Heads of State and Government, and Ministers were: that the outcome document should be translated into a timely, result-oriented process; the SDGs should include a goal on water and sanitation, and the energy, food and water nexus; and the need to arrive at a definition of green economy, taking account of the rights of developing countries to define their national priorities. They also highlighted:  the need to design principles for the SDGs, including proposals that they be aspirational and non-prescriptive, realistic and inspirational, flexible, measurable, easily understood, universal, involve the participation of all, including the private sector, and the application of the principle of CBDR; the enlargement of Rio Principle 10, and its adoption by the Latin American and Caribbean region; small island states and the blue economy, including their role in conservation and renewable energy; MDG and SDG linkages; MOI; and the 10YFP.

In addition, the Rio+20 Partnerships Forum opened, SD-Learning at Rio+20 continued, numerous side events convened and multiple events took place throughout Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The following events concluded successfully at the UNEP Pavilion:

At Rio Centro events included Partnerships for Advancing Gender Equality and Sustainability, Tax and Subsidy Reform, Creating Wealth and Prosperity in a Resource Constrained World: Country Experiences and Best Practices in Designing Inclusive Green Economies, Green Economy: Achievements & Perspectives in the Adriatic-Ionian Region and Education for a Sustainable Future , as well as an event event at the EU Pavilion, Athletes Park entitled When Cities Breath, People Progress: Europe's Cities Building Partnerships to Implement the Green Agenda.