Rio+20 - Searching for Sustainable Solutions
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, commonly referred to as
Rio+20, is a meeting that will bring leaders from around the world together to discuss,
and decide, on measures to ensure sustainable development and a green economy for
the future. The historic meeting comes 20 years after the 1992 United Nations Conference
on Environment and Development in Rio, and looks to reinforce and build upon the
decisions that were made at that meeting. While the world gears up for this extremely
important meeting, South-South News is bringing you the inside perspective on preparations,
negotiations and finally developments as they unfold on the ground in Rio.
SOUTH-SOUTH NEWS EVENTS
South-South News Facilitates Public Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development
During the rio+20 conference in Brazil the president of Tajikistan met with the president South-South News, members of the private sector from Enviroboard a company in the United States creating affordable housing solutions by recycling straw , other participating groups were the Poly property group and Dafeng both from China to discuss the importance of culture and arts as a tool for sustainable development.
South-South News Dinner Featuring Heads of States Brings Private and Public Sectors Together During Rio+20
Developing public-private partnerships is a critical part of building teams to tackle the problems of sustainable development. And this week, there’s no better place in the world to work on building these partnerships than Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As world leaders prepared to begin the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, South-South News, in cooperation with the Prime Minister of Antigua, Yuyao, Dafeng, and Enviroboard hosted a dinner event at Rio’s famed Copacabana Palace, where representatives of both the public and private sectors met and discussed business opportunities and the use of technology for development.
RIO+20 SUMMIT COVERAGE
Rio+20 Adopts Global Agreement, Urges Action
As the critical Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development loom closer and closer,
Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development formally adopted
the Rio+20 Final Outcome Document, entitled “The Future we Want” a 53 page text
endorsed today by over 100 heads of state and government, produced at what is being
considered the most influential Conference on global policy, but even UN Secretary-General
Ban Ki-moon called the global agreement “timid”, yet the running message at Rio+20
was about implementation – taking action on the text and commitments made.
RIO+20 SIDE EVENTS
Partnership Forum Advocates Entrepreneurship as Rio+20 Gets Underway
As Rio+20 got underway in Brazil, UN officials stressed the importance of using
partnerships for the greatest possible economic, social, and environmental benefit.
Today more than ever before the public and private sectors are interconnected and
interdependent, and a healthy relationship between the two is essential. UN DESA
hosted a partnership forum at Rio+20, designed to highlight the contributions made
by partnerships to sustainable development.
Mixed Signals at Day Two of Rio+20
Day two of Rio+20, the largest and high-level United Nations Conference on Sustainable
Development added more voices from world leaders urging an imperative kick-start
to build a sustainable economic, social and environmental future.
Cooperation Key to Accomplish Goals of Rio
As discussions at Rio+20 come to their conclusion and final outcomes are coming
to light, UN officials addressed the media, explaining the conference’s achievements
and describing where more work needs to be done.
Rio+20 Opens Calling for Action as World Reaches Tipping Point
”Words must translate into action”, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
told world leaders, formally opening the largest and most anticipated UN Conference
on Sustainable Development-Rio+20, with about 42,000 people in attendance at day
one, including over 120 Presidents and Prime Ministers, thousands participating
from the private sector and civil society in Rio Centro, Brazil’s massive Conference
complex, to set in motion an action track toward economic, social and environmental
Business Giants Make Big Contributions in Rio
Thursday marked day two of the United Nations’ landmark Rio+20 conference, which
saw a flurry of activity as diplomats and officials debated the finer points of
the conference outcome document, and worked on putting together a new set of Sustainable
Development Goals to provide a framework for growth after 2015
Aims to Eliminate Carbon Footprint in Rio
With 1,400 UN staff members and over 50,000 overall participants, Rio+20 is the biggest United Nations Conference in history. This mass migration to Rio means thousands of hours in planes, taxis, trains, and buses, all of which contributes to climate change. Aware of this fact, the UN has a plan to make sure that this conference stays true to its mission and goes green.