— the short name for the
United NationsConference on Sustainable Development
to takeplace in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012 — isa historic opportunity to define pathways to asafer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and moreprosperous world for all.Twenty years after the
1992 Earth Summit in Rio
,where countries adopted
— a blueprintto rethink economic growth, advance social equityand ensure environmental protection — the UN isagain bringing together governments, internationalinstitutions and major groups
to agree on a rangeof smart measures that can reduce poverty whilepromoting decent jobs, clean energy and a moresustainable and fair use of resources.
is a chance to move away from business-as-usual and to act to end poverty, addressenvironmental destruction and build a bridge tothe future.Sustainable development is
“development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generationsto meet their own needs.”
Brundtland Commission (1987)
“Rio+20 will be one of the mostimportant global meetings onsustainable development in ourtime. At Rio, our vision mustbe clear: a sustainable greeneconomy that protects thehealth of the environmentwhile supporting achievementof the MillenniumDevelopment Goalsthrough growthin income, decentwork and povertyeradication.”
Agenda 21 defines nine major groups: women; children andyouth; indigenous peoples; NGOs; local authorities; workersand trade unions; business and industry; the scientific andtechnical community; and farmers.