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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 Thursday, 14 June

The third meeting of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) continued its work on Thursday, 14 June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “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; poverty, food security, biodiversity, mountains and forests; green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; Sections I and II; distaster risk reduction and jobs; the institutional framework for sustainable development (IFSD). A number of consultations also convened during the day, along with approximately 30 side events. Numerous other events took place throughout the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Selwin Hart, Barbados, facilitator of the group on Means of Implementation and SDGs (center), consulting with members of the G-77/China
 
 
The Fossil of the Day Award went to the United States

A view of the room during the negotiations on food security

Ositadinma Anaedu, Nigeria, during the negotiations on Means of Implementation

 

Martin Khor, South Centre (left)

Delegates from Bolivia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt during the negotiations on Means of Implementation
 

Participants during the splinter group on food security

 

Delegates consulting during one of the splinter group meetings

Harald Neple, Norway
 
 

Consulting during the negotiations

Delegates during the group on Means of Implementation
 
 

Delegates from Sudan

 

Entertainment at a reception hosted by the Government of Brazil

 

Charles Barber, US, facilitated the group on poverty, food security, mountains, biodiversity and forests

Rueanna Haynes, Trinidad and Tobago, facilitated the group on SIDS/Regions
 

Delegates in the splinter group on SIDs/Regions

Food court

 

Participants consulting during the lunch break

 
 

Artwork in RioCentro

 

Volunteers at RioCentro

UNEP Press Conference: Launch of the report "Building an Inclusive Green Economy for All: Opportunities and Challenges for Overcoming Poverty and Inequality" (l-r): Kitty van der Heijden, Ambassador for Sustainable Development, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Netherlands, Moustapha Kamal Gueye, UNEP, Peter Hazlewood, Director, Ecosystems and Development, World Resources Institute, and Nick Nuttal, UNEP

Hugo Schally, EU (center), speaks with Elfriede More, Austria, co-facilitator of the splinter group addressing forests

 

Elizabeth Thompson, Rio+20 Co-Executive Coordinator

Co-Chair Kim Sook and Nikhil Seth, Director, Division for Sustainable Development
 

Informal consultations on IFSD

 

Jorge Spitalnick, Scientific and Technological Community Major Group, Brice Lalonde, Rio+20 Co-Executive Coordinator, and Co-Chair Kim Sook during the dialogue session with Major Groups

Youth delegates from Sri Lanka
 

Mohamed Khalil, Egypt (right), facilitated the splinter group on Sections I and II

Dialogue with Major Groups: Elizabeth Thompson, Rio+20 Co-Executive Coordinator, Bureau Member Bedřich Moldan, Czech Republic, Jorge Spitalnick, Scientific and Technological Community Major Group, Co-Chair Kim Sook, Nikhil Seth, Director, Division for Sustainable Development, Bureau Member Charles Thembani Ntwaagae, Botswana, and Brice Lalonde, Rio+20 Co-Executive Coordinator

 

Jonathan Pershing, and John Matuszak, US, in the evening Working Group meeting

Rene Orellana, Bolivia, speaks to the press
 

Press conference with Major Groups

 

Delegates in the food security group

Ositadinma Anaedu, Nigeria (center), and Ihab Gamaleldin, Egypt (right), who were both members of the WSSD bureau
 
 
Canadian delegates consulting on forests
Mohamed Khalil, Egypt (left), facilitated the splinter group on Sections I and II, speaking with members of the G-77/China
 
 
Major Groups during the Dialogue with Major Groups

 
 
 

 
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*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

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*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
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*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
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*IISD RS coverage of the UNCSD or Rio+20 Regional Preparatory Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean, 7-9 September 2011, Santiago, Chile
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*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)
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*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
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*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
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