Rio+20, 20 - 22 June 2012
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Highlights of Rio+20 and UNEP Side Events June 19

On Tuesday June 19th, Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota opened the mid-day plenary of the Pre-Conference Informal Consultations which culminated in delegates agreeing to the outcome document ad referendum to be presented to Ministers and Heads of State and Government at the Rio+20 Conference. UNCSD Secretary-General Sha Zukang said he was pleased to join the host Government in announcing that negotiations have come to a successful conclusion, with a text that will be formally adopted with due respect for the sovereign rights of each country. He highlighted the inclusive manner in which Brazil led the consultations, and noted, among other elements: the agreement on a process to establish the SDGs; green economy; the high-level forum to follow-up on sustainable development; elements that will enhance the engagement of the private sector, which has been invited to make corporate sustainability reporting part of their responsibility; the beginning of a process to go beyond GDP to measure prosperity and well being; establishment of a mechanism to ensure focus on MOI; reaffirmation of all past principles from Rio 1992, including CBDR, and human rights; adoption of the 10YFP on SCP; sectoral advances on energy and oceans; the registry of voluntary commitments; and emphasis on the role of CSOs and Major Groups. He thanked the host country, the city of Rio de Janeiro, CSOs, the PrepCom Bureau and Co-Chairs, and the Secretariat.

The World Congress On Justice, Governance And Law For Environmental Sustainability, a four day event, continued into it's third day, with participants meeting in both plenary and parallel sessions. Morning sessions focused on the future of environmental law and the opportunities and emerging issues that lie in store whilst the afternoon focussed on discussions on the contributions by regional groups to the World Congress’ outcome document.

Ongoing side events continued at the UNEP Pavilion including, Eye On Earth: Special Initiative Submission. New Funding Models for International Development , Microsoft Technology Advances Supporting Green Economies, From Resource Efficiency to Resource Potential – the International Resource Panel’s Findings on Understanding the Hidden Opportunities for People, Planet and Prosperity ,21 Issues for the 21st Century: Input to the New and Emerging Challenges Discussions and the Status Report on the Application of Integrated Approaches to the Development, Management and Use of Water Resources.

Other UNEP affiliated side events took place at various venues across the city included Choosing our Future: Open and Participatory Sustainable Development Governance, Launch of a Higher Education Sustainability Initiative for Rio+20, Green Innovation in Sustainable Tourism, Broadband and ICTs for Smart, Inclusive and Sustainable Societies , Human Rights at the centre of sustainable development – Honouring Rio Principle 1 Joint Report UNEP and OHCHR and Overcoming Barriers to Subsidy Reform for a Greener Economy and launch of cities-focused solid waste partnership.