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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 Friday, 15 June

The third meeting of the UNCSD PrepCom concluded at 12:16 am on Saturday, 16 June 2012, following a full day of negotiations in multiple “splinter” groups and a decision by the PrepCom to ask Brazil to conduct “pre-conference informal consultations led by the host country.” A special ceremony to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, and side events, events in the Pavilions in Athlete’s Park, and numerous other events took place throughout the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Maurice Strong, Secretary-General of the 1992 Earth Summit, speaks to the press after a special ceremony to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit
 

Izabella Teixeira, Brazilian Environment Minister

Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Brazil
 

A view of the front row during the evening plenary session with delegations from Brazil, Palestine, Egypt and Algeria

A view of the dais during the closing plenary of the Preparatory Committee

Maurice Strong receives a standing ovation after his speech during a special ceremony to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit (l-r: Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Brazil, Fernando Collor de Mello, former President of Brazil, Maurice Strong, Secretary-General of the 1992 Earth Summit, and Kim Sook, Co-Chair of the Rio+20 Preparatory Committee
 

 

Fernando Collor de Mello, former President of Brazil
 

Izabella Teixeira, Brazilian Environment Minister, Rio+20 Secretary-General Sha Zukang, Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, Minister of External Relations of Brazil, Fernando Collor de Mello, former President of Brazil, and Maurice Strong, Secretary-General of the 1992 Earth Summit

 

Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Brazil, Riyad Mansour, Palestinian Ambassador to the UN, and PrepCom Co-Chair Kim Sook

Fernando Collor de Mello, former President of Brazil, and Maurice Strong, Secretary-General of the 1992 Earth Summit
 
 

SIDS Focus exhibit

Kenza Robinson, Secretariat, with a Brazilian youth delegate
 
 

Delegates consulting in informal groups

Maurice Strong enters the plenary hall for the special ceremony commemorating 20 years since the 1992 Earth Summit
 

Kenza Robinson, Secretariat, Hermina Johnny, Secretariat, and Jimena
Leiva
, Guatemala, facilitator of the group on SCP, water and climate change

 

Delegates from Belarus, the EU, the US, the G-77/China and Canada, consulting with Rueanna Haynes of Trinidad and Tobago, facilitator of the group on SIDS/Regions

Mourad Benmehidi, Algerian Ambassador to the UN and Chair of the G-77/China (center), and Co-Chair Kim Sook
 

Idunn Eidheim, Norway (center), facilitating the group on IFSD, as Co-Chair Kim Sook looks on (right)

 

SIDSnet table

Delegates in the group on Means of Implementation
 
 

Mourad Benmehidi, Algerian Ambassador to the UN and Chair of the G-77/China (center), and Co-Chair John Ashe

Delegates from the EU and the G-77/China
 

Delegates in the Means of Implementation group

 

Participants post their "Vision for the Future"

 
 

Thibault Devanlay, EU, and John Matuszak, US

Delegates from the G-77/China and the EU consulting on water
 

A view of the room during the food and agriculture group

Delegates from the G-77/China consulting with the US on water

 

Rueanna Haynes of Trinidad and Tobago, facilitator of the group on SIDS/Regions, with Co-Chair John Ashe

Jimena Leiva, Guatemala, and Farrukh Khan, Pakistan
 
 

Kimo Goree, IISD Reporting Services, and Ambassador Marcos Castrioto de Azambuja, lead Brazilian negotiator of UNCED in 1992

Sha Zukang, Secretary-General of Rio+20, Ambassador Marcos Castrioto de Azambuja and Maurice Strong
 
 
Youth call for a 10 Year Framework of Programmes on SCP
Co-Chair Kim Sook and Fernando Collor de Mello, former President of Brazil
 
 

 

Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary, UNCCD, and Braulio Diaz, Executive Secretary, CBD
 
 
EU delegates consulting on SCP

 
 
One of the youngest participants at Rio+20
Brice Lalonde, Rio+20 Co-Executive Coordinator, and Fernando Coimbra and Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Machado, Brazil
 
 
 
Melchiade Bukuru, UNCCD Secretariat, Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary, UNCCD, and Ositadimna Anaedu, Nigeria
 
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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

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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