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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
Initial Discussions on the “Zero Draft” of the Outcome Document for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20)

25-27 January 2012 | UN headquarters, New York, United States of America

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"Good Defeats Evil" by Zurab Tsereteli in front of UN Headquarters.
Highlights for Wednesday, 25 January 2012
The initial discussions on the “zero draft” of the outcome document for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) began on 25 January 2012, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Following a brief special meeting of the UNCSD Preparatory Committee, which convened to elect a Vice-Chair for the Bureau, delegates proceeded to present opening comments on the zero draft. Representatives from eight country coalitions offered statements on behalf of their groups, following which over 50 member States and representatives from UN agencies and organizations and Major Groups took the floor.

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A view of the dais during the opening session.
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Sha Zukang, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
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Amb. John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda), Co-Chair of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20)
Mourad Benmedhidi, Algeria, speaking for the G-77/China
Karl Falkenberg, EU
Luis Alfonso de Alba, Mexico
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Mayte Masot Planas, Cuba
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Highlights for Thursday, 26 January 2012
The initial discussions on the “zero draft” of the outcome document for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) continued on 26 January 2012. During the morning, representatives from governments, UN and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations continued presenting opening comments on the zero draft. During the afternoon, delegates introduced their amendments to the first two sections of the zero draft. Amendments that had previously been submitted to the Secretariat were projected onto the overhead screen, and new proposals were added into the text. Co-Chair Kim Sook noted that, with the proposals, the Preamble/Stage Setting and Renewing Political Commitment sections had grown from 2.5 pages to 31 pages.

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A view of participants from behind the dais.
Eduardo Jose A. De Vega, Philippines
Kaag Sigrid, UNDP
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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Delegates from Algeria conferring during the meeting
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Delegates from Sri Lanka conferring during the meeting

Highlights for Friday, 27 January 2012
Delegates at the UNCSD informal consultations concluded their first reading of the first two sections of the zero draft during the morning. During the afternoon, they began a second round of comments on the first two sections. Delegates were told that their comments on the third, fourth and fifth sections of the zero draft should be submitted to the Secretariat by 29 February. The consultations were closed at 6:06 pm, following which the UNCSD Bureau held a consultation with representatives from Major Groups.

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Co-Chair Sook Kim, at the end of the meeting.
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A view of the delegations during the meeting.
Abdelghani Merabet, Algeria
Hugo Schally, EU
Rebecca E. Webber, US
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John Ashe and Hugo Schally chatting after the informal negotiations.
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Delegates from Egypt and Ghana chatting after the informal negotiations.
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The dais during the meeting with representatives of Major Groups, immediately following the conclusion of the informal consultations. L-R: Vice-Chair Tania Valerie Raguz, Croatia; Vice-Chair Paolo Soprano, Italy; UNCSD Secretary-General Sha Zukang; Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Organizing Partner for the NGOs; Co-Chair Sook Kim, Republic of Korea; Co-Chair John Ashe, Antigua and Barbuda; Vice-Chair Bedřich Moldan, Czech Republic; Bureau Member Ex-Officio Maria Teresa Mesquita Pessôa, Brazil; and Vice-Chair Maged A. Abdelaziz, Egypt.

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