Manila, Philippines – The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), also referred to as Rio+20, took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 20-22, 2012, to mark the 20th Anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio and the 10th Anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Rio+20 Conference was a historic gathering of world leaders, heads of state, governments, international institutions, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and major groups whose discussions focused on two main themes: how to build a green economy to achieve sustainable development and lift people out of poverty and how to improve international coordination for sustainable development. The conference highlighted seven areas which need priority attention – decent jobs, energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, water, oceans, and calamity readiness.
With 50,000 participants from 190 countries, it was the biggest UN conference ever held. Between the official programs, numerous side events, exhibitions, presentations, fairs, and announcements by a wide range of partners were also held.
Prior to the Conference, there were preparatory committee meetings devoted to negotiations over the Zero Draft that will define the sustainable development agenda for the future, and a “People’s Summit” of non-governmental organizations and industry leaders. After the Rio+20, governments are expected to adopt practical measures for implementing sustainable development.
We greet the United Nations, headed by its Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and its Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson; the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, headed by Conference Secretary General Sha Zukang and Executive Coordinators Elizabeth Thompson and Ambassador Brice Lalonde, on the occasion of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!
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