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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 Tuesday, 19 June

During a plenary meeting of the Pre-Conference Informal Consultations, delegates agreed to the Rio+20 outcome document ad referendum. Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota opened the mid-day plenary, informing waiting delegates that he believed they were in a position to adopt the text to be formally presented at the conference for adoption. He observed that, while not ideal, the text represents “the equilibrium” at this point. After numerous statements from delegates, praising Brazil for its leadership, complimenting the outcome as the best that could be achieved at this moment, and noting elements that they would have preferred to be different, Minister Patriota said the pre-consultation for Rio+20 had thus concluded and delegates had fulfilled their task in a way that prepares the arriving leaders for a successful summit. He said inclusion has been an important part of the process, and also highlighted that 500 official and 3000 nonofficial parallel events related to the UNCSD are taking place in Rio.
The Brazilian delegation after the closing of the plenary where the text was adopted ad referendum
Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota (center) reviewing the text with Rio+20 Secretary-General Sha Zukang (right)
A view of dais after the adoption of the text during the closing plenary of the pre-conference informal consultations (l-r): Nikhil Seth, Director, Division for Sustainable Development, UNCSD Secretary-General Sha Zukang, Izabella Teixeira, Brazilian Environment Minister, Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, and Amb. Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, Brazil
Ministers from the Republic of Congo and Kenya asking to take the floor in plenary
 

Nikhil Seth, Director, Division for Sustainable Development, David O'Connor, Secretariat, and UNCSD Secretary-General Sha Zukang

Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, Brazil, Nikhil Seth, Director, Division for Sustainable Development, and UNCSD Secretary-General Sha Zukang, speaking with Braizilian Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota
 

Ida Auken, Danish Environment Minister, and EU Presidency (right)

 

Claudia Salerno, Venezuela

Republic of Congo's Environment Minister Henri Djombo, speaking for the African Group
 
 

Izabella Teixeira, Brazilian Environment Minister

Rene Orellana, Bolivia
 

The plenary was full to capacity

Members of the Secretariat of the Division for Sustainable Development
 

Ida Auken, Danish Environment Minister, with Braizilian Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota

Delegates from Algeria with Nikhil Seth, Director, Division for Sustainable Development (center)
 
 

Delegates from Sudan

Braizilian Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota with Elizabeth Thompson, Co-Executive Coordinator of Rio+20
 
 

Maria Ikeda and Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, Brazil

Brazilian Foreign MinisterAntonio de Aguiar Patriota, with Paula Caballero, Colombia
 
A view of the plenary
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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 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
*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
*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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