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Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

22 June 2012, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

More than 100 presidents and prime ministers, along with thousands of parliamentarians, mayors, UN officials, CEOs, NGO leaders, academics and representatives from many other groups will come together in Rio for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD). The Conference will take place in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

Some 50,000 people are expected to participate in the Conference, with many thousands more expected in Rio de Janeiro to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). Outside of official discussions, nearly 1,000 events focused on related issues are scheduled before and around the time of Rio+20.

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 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

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.

With the world facing urgent global challenges ‐‐ ranging from access to energy, water and food, to climate change, overfishing, polluted oceans, unemployment and widening inequalities ‐ the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, called Rio+20, is an historic opportunity for government leaders and thousands of other participants to shape how the world adopts policies and measures that can promote prosperity and reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection.

The UN Secretary‐General, Ban Ki-moon, has named sustainable development as a priority issue for the UN over the next five years and has launched a major initiative on energy to deliver, by 2030, universal access to electricity, a doubling in the rate of improvement of energy efficiency, and a doubling of the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix

Helping countries and communities move towards a green economy while accelerating efforts to eradicate poverty will be key among Rio+20 discussions. Governments will also be considering ways to improve the effectiveness of international institutions that support sustainable development. Expectations are that governments, business and other stakeholders will register more than 1,000 voluntary, concrete and measurable commitments to support global sustainability.

Sustainability is the concept from which the European Green Capital Award was conceived. With three out of four European living in towns and cities, urban areas concentrate most of the sustainability challenges facing society but also bring together commitment and innovation to resolve them.

The European Green Capital Award has been conceived to promote and award these efforts. For more information on the Award click here

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