Rio+20, 20th to 22nd of June 2012 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) is being organized in pursuance of General Assembly Resolution 64/236 (A/RES/64/236). The Conference will take place in Brazil on 4-6 June 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. It is envisaged as a Conference at the highest possible level, including Heads of State and Government or other representatives. The Conference will result in a focused political document.

The objective of the Conference is to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and address new and emerging challenges

The Conference will focus on two themes: (a) a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and (b) the institutional framework for sustainable development.

Rio+20 – WFEO-ICSU Science & Technology Global Forum

WFEO, as a partner within the Scientific & Technological Communities, has a comprehensive program of activities -together with ICSU- in the preparation of the Rio+20 Conference aiming at providing scientific knowledge, engineering expertise and appropriate technologies that are timely, up-to-date, and targeted specifically to the Conference objectives.

The WFEO-ICSU Science & Technology Global Forum is being planned to be held in the week of 25 May with the following tentative program:

1st day

AM Inauguration

PM Food and Water Security

2nd day

AM Climate Change and Environment

PM Energy

3rd day

AM Urban Issues (Transport, Infrastructure,etc.)

PM Natural Disasters

4th day

AM Free (Opening of Preparatory Conference)

PM Ecosystems and Bio-diversity; Traditional Knowledge

5th day

AM Human Welfare

PM Green Economy; Social Models

6th day

AM High Level Session with Science & Technology Ministers of Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Europe, South Africa, China.

An International Organizing Committee for this Global Forum will be made up of the following members: ICSU President (Chair), WFEO President, ISSC (Int’l Social Sciences Council) President, UNESCO Deputy Director General for Science, ICSU Senior Advisor for Rio+20, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of Brazil, and the President of the Academy of Sciences of Brazil.

A Local Steering Committee with representatives of ICSU, WFEO, the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, and the Academy of Sciences of Brazil will take care of the interaction with Brazilian authorities to facilitate the
implementation of the Forum.

Within WFEO, the WFEO-UN Relations Committee is acting as the focal point for the organization of the Global Forum activities.

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