Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development
On 20-22 June 2012, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The United Nations General Assembly decided in 2010 that a conference (also known as Rio+20) would take place in Brazil 2012. The conference had two main themes: a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, and the institutional framework for sustainable development, in other words, the rules and organizational structure in the area of sustainable development.
The meeting in Rio de Janeiro brought together nearly 50 000 representatives of governments, parliaments, cities, civil society organisations, multilateral organisations and the business sector.
The objectives of the conference were:
- secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development
- assess the progress to date and gaps in the implementation of the agreements from previous summits on sustainable development
- address new and emerging issues and challenges