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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
Second Intersessional Meeting of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20)

15-16 December 2011 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

Rio+20

Highlights for Thursday, 15 December

On Thursday, 15 December 2011, Amb. John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda), Co-Chair of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), opened the Second Intersessional Meeting of the UNCSD. Noting that three changes to the Bureau and the accreditation of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to participate in the UNCSD PrepCom needed to be formally adopted, he presided over a short formal meeting of the PrepCom for this purpose.

Amb. Kim Sook (Republic of Korea), newly-elected PrepCom Co-Chair, noted that the Second Intersessional Meeting offers the first opportunity to discuss the 6,000 page compilation document and its discussions will help guide the Bureau and Secretariat in the preparation of the zero draft of the outcome document, which will be tabled in January 2012. Tariq Al-Ansari, Deputy Chef de Cabinet, Office of the President of the General Assembly, on behalf of Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, General Assembly President, said that the expected outcome should be a concise document, with a results-oriented programme of action, clear timeframes and specific targets; and that integration, coherence, and implementation are the cornerstones of the conference outcome. UNCSD Secretary-General Sha Zukang called on governments to “aim high” at Rio, particularly given “new” sustainable development issues, such as food insecurity, volatility in energy prices, global financial instability, and unemployment.

Delegates adopted the organization of work without amendment, and heard opening statements. They then exchanged views on the compilation document and offered comments and guidance for the zero draft.

A view of the dais during the opening plenary
Secretary-General of the UNCSD Sha Zukang
A view of the conference room during the opening plenary
Co-Chair of the Preparatory Process Kim Sook and Aslam Chaudhry, Commission for Sustainable Development
Secretary-General of the UNCSD Sha Zukang
 
Nikhil Seth, Director, Division for Sustainable Development, Tariq Al-Ansari, Deputy Chef de Cabinet, Office of the President of the General Assembly, Sha Zukang, Secretary-General of the UNCSD, and Co-Chairs of the UNCSD Preparatory Process John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda) and Kim Sook (Republic of Korea) and Sangeeta Sharma, Secretariat
Aysar Tayeb, Saudi Arabia, and Selwin Hart, Barbados
Jim McLay, New Zealand
 
Delegates from Belgium
Jordan intervening in plenary
 
Secretary-General of the UNCSD Sha Zukang, and Co-Chairs of the UNCSD Preparatory Process John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda) and Kim Sook (Republic of Korea)
Delegates from Chile and Chad during the morning plenary
Toufic Jaber, Lebanon, speaking for the Arab Group
 
Raymond Serge Bale, Republic of the Congo
Anita Nayar, Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), speaking on behalf of Women’s Major Group.
 
Delegates from Bangladesh, Bahrain and the Bahamas
C.T. Ntwaagae, Botswana
A representative of Youth and Children intervenes during the plenary
 
Questions posed for delegates to reflect on and include during their 3-minute interventions during the discussion on the zero draft of the outcome document
Annabella Rosemberg, Workers and Trade Unions (left)
Ombeni Sefue, Tanzania, speaking for the African Group
 
Sascha Gabizon, Women in Europe for a Common Future (left) and Gisbert Glaser, speaking for the Scientific and Technological Community
Bolivia intervening during the discussion on the compilation document
 
Australia intervening during the discussions
Dessima Williams, Grenada, speaking for AOSIS
 
 
Bagladesh intervening in the plenary
 
Special Event: Briefing by the Global Sustainability Panel (GSP)
Varad Pande, India, Janos Pasztor, Executive Secretary, Global Sustainability Panel, Hannu Kyröläinen, Finland, and Fortunato Albrinho, Mozambique
Side Event: Sustainable and Just Cities: New Priorities for the Rio+20 Conference
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaking at the side event
 
Luis Ubiñas, President, Ford Foundation
 
Luis Ubiñas, President, Ford Foundation, Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Cecilia Martínez, Director, UN-HABITAT New York Office
Side Event: Presentations of the Regional Preparatory Meeting Reports
Presentations of the Regional Preparatory Meeting Reports
Monika Linn, Economic Commission for Europe, presents the report for the Europe regional meeting, and is seated with the Directors of Sustainable Development Divisions of the regional commissions
Related Links
Meeting resources
*Meeting website
*Meeting organization of work
*Compilation Document
*Remarks by Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, and UNCSD Secretary-General

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS summary report of the Economic Commission for Europe’s Regional Preparatory Meeting for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), 1-2 December 2011, Geneva, Switzerland (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) African Regional Preparatory Process, 20-25 October 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Asia Pacific Region, 19-20 October 2011, Seoul, Republic of Korea (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Arab Region, 16-17 October 2011, Cairo, Egypt (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Arabic: PDF)
IISD RS coverage of the Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference, 21-23 September 2011, Astana, Kazakhstan
*IISD RS summary report of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) Regional Preparatory Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), 7-9 September 2011, Santiago, Chile (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) Subregional Preparatory Committee for the Pacific Countries, 21-22 July 2011, Apia, Samoa (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) Subregional Preparatory Committee for the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, and South China Sea Countries, 7-8 July 2011, Mah�, Seychelles (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) Subregional Preparatory Meeting for the Caribbean, 20 June 2011, Georgetown, Guyana (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the Keeping the Green Economy Blue: A Workshop in Preparation for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), 29 April 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary and analysis of the Second Session of the Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), 7-8 March 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary and analysis of the First Intersessional Meeting of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), 10-11 January 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary and analysis of the First Session of the Preparatory Committee for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), 17-19 May 2010, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS coverage of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), 26 August - 4 September 2002, Johannesburg, South Africa
*IISD RS coverage of the UN Conference on Environment and Development, 3-14 June 1992, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
*IISD RS archive of sustainable development meetings
*UNCSD-L - A mailing list for news on sustainable development policy
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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