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Rio +20: UN Conference on Sustainable Development

The Rio +20 United Nations (UN) Conference on Sustainable Development is a world summit providing an opportunity to coherently address the global challenges of sustainable development (social, economic, environment). It will gather a large number of Heads of State and Governments, some 50 000 other government representatives, civil society and private sector participants.

The Conference focuses on two interlinked themes: green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and the institutional framework for sustainable development. The Conference will also take stock of achievements since the previous UN sustainable development conferences, in particular Rio 1992 and Johannesburg 2002.

In Rio, the European Union is committed to play an active and constructive role.  The outcome of Rio+20 should be an ambitious plan for the future with concrete and timely follow-up effective actions. The EU wants to achieve global action on how to lift people out of poverty and how to use resources better to ensure prosperity also for future generations.

The EU is proposing aspirational goals and targets as part of the discussions with its partners around the Rio+20 outcomes. They focus on five areas inter alia which are key for a green economy: water, the oceans, land and ecosystems (including forests), sustainable energy, and resource efficiency including waste.

On behalf of the European Commission, the Directorate-General for Environment is leading the negotiations at the RIO +20 Conference. Policy documents and other information can be found on the DG Environment website.

European Commission at Rio+20: programme

EU actions for Sustainable Development

From policy to action: An outline of EU external aid for Sustainable Development   [3 MB]

This brochure illustrates how EU action in key areas has helped move the sustainable development agenda forward. The EU strongly believes that a smart, sustainable and inclusive green economy can generate sustained growth, create decent green jobs and help eradicate poverty. To make that happen, we need to invest in and protect the natural capital upon which the long-term survival of our planet depends.

EuropeAid side events at Rio + 20 Conference

The European Commission is organising side events at the Rio +20 Conference. To attend the side events please register here.

Tuesday 19 June 2012

Sustainable Development Goals from "Silo Thinking" towards an integrated approach   [2 MB]

Insights from the European Report on Development. The discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals should provide the opportunity to not only look at each resource individually, but also take account of the extensive linkages between resources such as water, energy and land.

Wednesday 20 June 2012

Sustainable Energy – How can innovative financing contribute?   [475 KB]

The event will show the EU's past achievements in poverty eradication in the energy sector. Beyond that, it will highlight the innovative financial instruments being used by the EU to unlock substantial financing for sustainable development and to make an effective and timely contribution to the Sustainable Energy For All initiative (SE4ALL).

Thursday 21 June 2012

Agriculture – The way towards sustainability and inclusiveness   [351 KB]

This side event will outline the important role that sustainable agriculture practices and supporting policies can play in reducing poverty, hunger, and malnutrition, advancing social equity and ensuring environmental protection, and thereby contributing to sustainable development and growth.

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