Rio+ 20: June 2012
The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) – also known as Rio+20 – took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 20-22 June 2012. The event marked the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, hence the shortened name Rio+20.
Their stated objective was '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'.
Their website lists Seven Critical Issues at Rio+20. Interestingly, climate change is not one of the seven issues, but it is mentioned specifically under three of the seven - oceans, energy and food - and is integral to any discussion of at least two others, water and disasters.
World leaders and other government representatives met at the summit. This was a key opportunity to remind our politicians in the UK that sustainable development must remain a political priority.
Updated information and reports on Rio+ 20
Official Rio+ 20 website: United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)
Earth Summit 2012: information hub from Stakeholder Forum
The Guardian's Rio+ 20 section
Campaigns and Christian comment on Rio+20
Tearfund: Rio - Whose Earth?