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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 Tuesday, 27 March 2012

On Tuesday, 27 March, delegates at the Third Intersessional for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development concluded a second reading of the “Framework for Action and Follow-up” section of the draft outcome document, as well as a third reading of the Preamble/Stage setting section and third reading of part of the Renewing Political Commitment section. At the end of the meeting, the Co-Chairs announced that they would develop proposals for streamlined text, for use during the next round of negotiations. However, the G-77/China noted that the negotiations beginning on 23 April should be on the basis of the compilation text as it stood, as well as with proposals from delegations by 28 March; and between now and 23 April, the door of the G-77/China’s office would be open to the Co-Chairs to discuss how the compilation text might be streamlined or reorganized. In his statement to close the Third Intersessional, UNCSD Secretary-General Sha Zukang said that the past “seven days of hard work have laid the foundation for consensus” and showed his appreciation for delegations’ positive approach to trying to understand the different positions. Co-Chair Ashe said that the Co-Chairs stand ready to assist delegations and asked delegates to be ready for intense negotiations during the informal informal consultations in April. He adjourned the meeting at 7:28 pm.

The Rio+20 banner outside the United Nations building
Coverage of Selected Side Events
  Web archives: 19 March * 20 March * 21 March * 22 March * 23 March * 26 March

Bureau members Charles Thembani Ntwaagae, Botswana, Paolo Soprano, Italy, Maged A. Abdelaziz, Egypt, and John Ashe, Antigua Barbuda, during a meeting of the Rio+20 Bureau and Major Groups

Co-Chair Kim Sook and Hugo Schally, EU
Co-Chair John Ashe
 

A view of the room during the negotiations

Bureau member Maged A. Abdelaziz, Egypt
Farrukh Khan, Pakistan, Claudia Salerno, Venezuela, and Aysar Tayeb, Saudi Arabia
 

G-77/China members huddle to discuss the process forward

Nikhil Seth, Division for Sustainable Development, and Andre Correado Lago, Brazil
Hossein Moeini-Meybodi and Mahendra Joshi, UN Forum on Forests
 
Abdelghani Merabet, Algeria
Paolo Soprano, Italy, and Chair Kim Sook
 
Jan MacAlpine, Director UN Forum on Forests, speaks with the US
Luis Flores, Consumers International, and Bureau member Tania Valerie Raguž, Croatia
 
Khalid Abuleif, Saudi Arabi, and Kimo Goree, Managing Director, IISD Reporting Services
 
 
Delegates from Saudi Arabia and Qatar
 
Elizabeth Thompson, Rio+20 Co-Executive Coordinator (right)
Brazilian delegates
 

Members of the Secretariat during the meeting

Brice Lalonde, Rio+20 Co-Executive Coordinator, and Martin Khor, South Centre
Delegates from Nicaragua and Grenada
 
Renate Christ, IPCC, and Brice Lalonde, Rio+20 Co-Executive Coordinator
Co-Chair Kim Sook and UNCSD Secretary General Sha Zukang
 
Rio+20 Bureau Meeting with Major Groups

A view of the dais during the meeting

 
Joji Carino, Indigenous Peoples Major Group, addresses the Bureau-Major Groups meeting
 

Major Groups during the meeting

Major Groups during the meeting

 
 
NGO Press Conference: Reactions to the Zero Draft

Anil Naidoo, The Council of Canadians, Sascha Gabizon, Women in Europe for a Common Future, Anabella Rosemberg, International Trade Union Confederation, Tim Gore, Oxfam International, and Nathalie Rey, Greenpeace International

Sascha Gabizon, Women in Europe for a Common Future
Tim Gore, Oxfam International, and Nathalie Rey, Greenpeace International
 


  ECLAC Side Event"Interagency Assessment of Sustainable Development in Latin America: Progress, gaps and strategic guidelines 20 years on from the Earth Summit  

A view of the room during the side event

Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director of UN-Women (left)
Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
 
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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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