Rio+20 United Conference on Sustainable Development

Logo Rio+20 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.

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) is being organized in pursuance of General Assembly Resolution 64/236 (A/RES/64/236), and will take place in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg.

The Rio+20 Conference It is envisaged as a Conference at the highest possible level, including Heads of State and Government or other representatives. The Conference will result in a focused political document.

The Conference will focus on two themes:

  • A green economy in the context of sustainable development poverty eradication
  • The institutional framework for sustainable development

The preparations for Rio+20 have highlighted seven areas which need priority attention; these include decent jobs, energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, water, oceans and disaster readiness.

Associated documentation:

  1. Measuring Water use in a Green Economy
  2. The Economics of Ecosystmes and Biodiversity for Water and Wetlands
  3. Water Security for a Planet Under Pressure
  4. The Dynamics of Global Water Futures
  5. Deep Words, Shallow Words: An Initial Analysis of Water Discourse in Four Decades of UN Declarations
  6. ICT as an Enabler for Smart Water Management
  7. Outreach Magazine: Water's role in a green economy
  8. 4th World Water Development Report Vol. 1
  9. 4th World Water Development Report Vol. 2
  10. 4th World Water Development Report Vol. 3
  11. UNICEF and WHO: Progress on Drinking Water and Sanitation : 2012 Update
  12. From Ridge to Reef; Water, Environment and Community Security
  13. Experiences from SGP: Protecting International Waters
  14. Issues Brief 11 - Water