UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT 2012
PROBABLE CHANGE OF DATES: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20-22 June 2012
The United Nations General Assembly decided in December 2009 to hold the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in 2012 - also referred to as 'Rio+20', although it could be Stockholm+40.
The Conference will aim at securing renewed political commitment to sustainable development, assessing the progress and implementation gaps in meeting already agreed commitments, and addressing new and emerging challenges.
The Brazilian government and the UN have just announced (4 November) a probable change of dates for the conference to 20-22 June 2011, with the 3rd PrepCom on 13-15 June. This will be confirmed at the end of November.
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It will have two themes:
1. Green Economy within the context of sustainable development and poverty reduction, and
2. Institutional Framework for sustainable development,
and will also discuss emerging issues.
The first Preparatory Committee met 17-19 May 2010 at UN Headquarters in New York, immediately after the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. The Second Preparatory Committee Meeting met on 7-8 March 2012 to discuss further the substantive themes of the Conference. The third and final meeting of the Preparatory Committee will be held in Brazil on 13-15 June 2012 to discuss the outcome of the Conference, immediately preceding the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development on 20.22 June 2012.
The official UN web site for the conference is at http://www.uncsd2012.org/.
Stakeholder Forum has also set up a web site for the summit at http://www.earthsummit2012.org/.
CALENDAR OF OFFICIAL PREPARATORY EVENTS
First Meeting of the Preparatory Committee for UNCSD
New York, 17-19 May 2010
First intersessional meeting of UNCSD
New York, 10-11 January 2011
Second Meeting of the Preparatory Committee for UNCSD
New York, 7-8 March 2011
Second Intersessional meeting of UNCSD
New York, mid-December 2011
Regional implementation meetings will become regional preparatory meetings for the Conference in 2011: Santiago, Chile, 7-9 September; Geneva, Switzerland, 1-2 December; Asia/Pacific, Africa, West Asia still to be scheduled.
A week of informal negotiations is planned each month in February, March and April 2010
Third Meeting of the Preparatory Committee for UNCSD
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 13-15 June 2012 (to be confirmed)
United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
Rio de Janeiro, 20-22 June 2012 (to be confirmed)
Last updated 5 November 2011