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21 February 2012

20 years after the original Earth Summit, world leaders will be gathering in Rio again in June 2012 to discuss vital issues of how we build a green economy and manage to reduce poverty without sacrificing the environment. The draft text for the conference was launched in January 2012 and identifies seven critical issues to be addressed at the summit: food, energy, water, cities, jobs, oceans and disaster preparedness. Ahead of the summit A Rocha, FALE and other Brazilian partners of Tearfund UK are mobilising the church to speak out on environmental issues and climate change. The energy around Rio +20 creates a key opportunity to talk about the urgent need for action on climate change, food security, water resource management, energy access and the finance for adaptation. For further thoughts on Rio +20 see Teafund’s discussion on their blog post


The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) is being organized in pursuance of General Assembly Resolution 64/236 (A/RES/64/236). The Conference 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. 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.

Objective of the Conference

The objective of the Conference is to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and address new and emerging challenges

Themes of the Conference

The Conference will focus on two themes: (a) a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and (b) the institutional framework for sustainable development.