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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
Rio+20: Third PrepCom and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)

13-22 June 2012 | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio+20

Highlights from Wednesday, 13 June

The third meeting of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) began its work on Wednesday, 13 June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Seven “splinter” groups continued negotiations on the draft outcome document to be considered for adoption by the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, Rio+20), which is set to open on 20 June. These groups addressed: means of implementation and sustainable development goals (SDGs); sustainable consumption and production (SCP), water and climate change; oceans; gender, education, health, cities, transport and mining; chemicals and desertification; green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and the institutional framework for sustainable development (IFSD). A number of consultations also convened during the day, along with approximately 20 side events. Numerous other events took place throughout the city of Rio de Janeiro, and countries and the Rio Conventions opened their Pavilions in Athlete’s Park.

 

A view of Rio de Janeiro (photo courtesy of the Government of Brazil.)
A view of Rio de Janeiro (photo courtesy of the Government of Brazil.)
A view of the dais during the opening of the Preparatory Meeting for the UNCSD (l-r): Sha Zukang, UNCSD Secretary General, PrepCom Co-Chairs John Ashe, Antigua and Barbuda, and Kim Sook, Republic of Korea, and the Conference Secretary
 

Co-Chair Kim Sook, Republic of Korea

Co-Chair John Ashe, Antigua and Barbuda
 
 

Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, Executive Secretary, Brazil National Commission for Rio+20, Sha Zukang, UNCSD Secretary General, and Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Brazil

Abdelghani Merabet, Algeria, Farrukh Khan, Pakistan, and Co-Chair Kim Sook
 

A view of the dais during the opening plenary

Civil society press conference

 

Delegate from Palestine (center)

Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, Executive Secretary, Brazil National Commission for Rio+20
 

Local staff at the conference

 

Andre Correado Lago, Brazil, and Elizabeth Thompson, Rio+20 Executive Coordinator

Co-Chair Kim Sook, Franz Perrez, Switzerland, and Farrukh Khan, Pakistan
 
 

Sha Zukang addressing the PrepCom

Members of the Secretariat of the Conference
 
 

Members of the Secretariat, and Marianne Loe, Norway (right), who is facilitating the splinter group discussions on IFSD

Delegates from the G-77/China and the US during the IFSD discussions
 

Opening press conference (l-r): Pragati Pascale, Spokesperson of the Rio+20 Conference, Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, Executive Secretary, Brazil National Commission for Rio+20, Sha Zukang, Secretary-General of the Rio+20 Conference, and Nikhil Seth, Director, Division for Sustainable Development

Delegates in the splinter group on water, climate change and SCP

G-77/China delegates during the IFSD discussions

 

Fernando Coimbra and Gustavo Pacheco, Brazil

Matte stand in the Food Court
 

Patrick Wittman, Canada (center), facilitator of the green economy splinter group

 

Secretary-General of Rio+20 Sha Zukang (center) addresses the press

Members of the press
 

Many of the negotiating rooms were standing room only

The opening plenary room was also standing room only

 

Nikhil Seth, Director, Division for Sustainable Development (left) and Hugo Schally, EU (right)

Participants during the lunch break
 

Selwin Hart, Barbados, facilitating the group on SDGs and Means of Implementation

 

Patricia Chaves, Secretariat

Farrukh Khan, Pakistan (center), speaking for the G-77/China on the SDGs
 

Journalists during the opening press conference

A view of the Riocentro grounds

 

Jonathan Pershing, US, in the splinter group on SCP, water and climate change

Jimena Leiva, Guatemala, faciltator of the splinter group on climate change, water and SCP, with Mohammad Reza Salamat, Secretariat
 
 

Co-Chair Kim Sook (left)

Delegates from the EU
 
 
A Major Group representative during the civil society press conference
Michael Strauss, Major Groups, during the civil society press conference
 
 
Luis Flores, Consumers International
Pam Chasek, Peter Doran and Lynn Wagner, IISD Reporting Services
 
 
Deletates in the opening plenary
Selwin Hart, Barbados (center), facilitator on SDGs and Means of Implementation
 

A view of the room during the discussions on climate change

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Related Links
UNCSD or Rio+20 resources
*Meeting website
*Third PrepCom website
*Third PrepCom organization of work
*Secretary-General’s report on objectives and themes
*Synthesis report on best practices and lessons learned on the objective and themes of the Conference
*UNCSD website
*UNCSD organization of work
*Implementation of Agenda 21, the programme for the further implementation of Agenda 21 and the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD)
*Side events at Rio+20
*Other events at Rio+20
*SD-Learning at Rio+20
*Partnership Forum
*Rio+20 calendar
*Member states

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of the World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability, 17-20 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro
*IISD RS coverage of the Third Round of ‘Informal-Informal’ Negotiations on the zero draft of outcome document of the UNCSD, 29 May - 2 June 2012, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of the Second Round of ‘Informal-Informal’ Negotiations on the zero draft of outcome document of the UNCSD or Rio+20, 23 April - 4 May 2012, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at the Second Round of ‘Informal-Informal’ Negotiations on the zero draft of outcome document of the UNCSD or Rio+20, 23 April - 4 May 2012, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of the First Round of ‘Informal-Informal’ Negotiations on the zero draft of the outcome document and Third Intersessional Meeting of the UNCSD or Rio+20, 19-23 and 26-27 March 2012, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at the First Round of ‘Informal-Informal’ Negotiations on the zero draft of the outcome document and Third Intersessional Meeting of the UNCSD or Rio+20, 19-23 and 26-27 March 2012, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*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
*Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Sustainable Energy Activities
*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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