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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
First Round of ‘Informal-Informal’ Negotiations on the Zero Draft of the Outcome Document and Third Intersessional Meeting of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20)

19-23 and 26-27 March 2012 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

Rio+20

Highlights from Thursday, 22 March, 2012

Delegates continued their first reading of Section V (Framework for Action and Follow-up) of the zero draft, discussing proposals in sections on green jobs and social inclusion, oceans and seas and small island developing States, natural disasters, climate change, forests and biodiversity, land degradation and desertification, mountains, and chemicals and waste. Many consultations and side events also took place throughout the day.

Co-Chair John Ashe during the informal negotiations
Coverage of Selected Side Events
Web archives: 19 March * 20 March * 21 March * 22 March * 23 March * 26 March * 27 March
Harald Neple, Norway
Kazakhstan intervening during the negotiations
 
Selwin Hart, Barbados, negotiating for the G-77 on issues under Section V

Delegates during the negotiations

Franz Perrez, Switzerland and John Matuszak, US
Business and Industry representatives
 
G-77/China delegates
The Mexican delegation
 
Nikhil Seth and Patricia Chaves, Division for Sustainable Development
Travis Bover, Australia
 

Delegates from the Republic of Korea

Selwin Hart, Barbados, and Farrukh Khan, Pakistan, both speaking for the G-77/China on issues under Section V
Co-Chair Kim Sook and Hugo Schally, EU
 
Delegates consulting on the text
 
Farmers representative in the plenary
Abdelghani Merabet, Algeria, Chair of the G-77/China (right) consulting
 
 
 
Side Event: Water and Food Security: Convened by UN-Water in collaboration with the government of Tajikistan on the occasion of World Water Day 
As next year marks the International Year for Water Cooperation, this event highlighted that Rio +20 provides a crucial opportunity for Member States to provide solutions and make actionable commitments in support of water cooperation at the highest levels.

Kenza Kaouakib-Robinson, Secretary UN-Water, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, General Assembly President, Sirodjidin M. Aslov, Permanent Representative of Tajikistan, Asha-Rose Migiro, Deputy Secretary-General, and Sulton Rahimov, First Deputy Minister of Melioration and Water Resources, Tajikistan

 Herman Schaper, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the UN, Sirodjidin M. Aslov, Permanent Representative of Tajikistan to the UN, and Kenza Kaouakib-Robinson, Secretary UN-Water

More photos from around the conference
 
 
 
Stephan Contius, Germany, reading the daily ENB
 
EU delegates consulting
Remi Parmentier, Varda Group
 
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Related Links
UNCSD or Rio+20 resources
*Informal-Informal meeting website
*Programme of side events
*Third Intersessional Meeting website
*Zero Draft
*Compilation document

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of the Initial Discussions on the “Zero Draft” of the Outcome Document for the UNCSD or Rio+20, 25-27 January 2012, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of the Second Intersessional Meeting of the UNCSD, or Rio+20, 15-16 December 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS summary report of the Economic Commission for Europe’s Regional Preparatory Meeting for the UNCSD or Rio+20, 1-2 December 2011, Geneva, Switzerland (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the 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 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 coverage of the UNCSD or Rio+20) Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Arab Region, 16-17 October 2011, Cairo, Egypt
IISD RS coverage of the Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference, 21-23 September 2011, Astana, Kazakhstan
*IISD RS coverage of the UNCSD or Rio+20 Regional Preparatory Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean, 7-9 September 2011, Santiago, Chile
*IISD RS summary report of the 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 UNCSD or Rio+20) Subregional Preparatory Committee for the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, and South China Sea Countries, 7-8 July 2011, Mahé, Seychelles (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the 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 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 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 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 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
*SDG - 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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