Securing commitment to sustainable development

First Preparatory Committee for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD 2012) will be held from 17-19 May in New York

At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, the international community adopted Agenda 21, an unprecedented global plan of action for sustainable development. Ten years later, the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation was adopted highlighting concrete steps for better implementing Agenda 21. However, the progress has been slow in achieving internationally agreed goals, and challenges remain in achieving the goals of the three pillars of sustainable development, particularly in the context of the current global crises.

On 24th December 2009 the UN General Assembly adopted a Resolution A/RES/64/236, agreeing to hold the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in 2012 – also referred to as ‘Rio+20′ or ‘Rio 20′.

The Conference will aim at securing renewed political commitment to sustainable development, assessing the progress and implementation gaps in meeting already agreed commitments, and addressing new and emerging challenges.

The Member States have agreed on the following two themes for the Conference: green economy within the context of sustainable development and poverty reduction, and institutional framework for sustainable development.

The first meeting of the Preparatory Committee will discuss the substantive themes of the Conference and pending procedural matters, and will also elect the Bureau.

The Conference will bring together a range of participants, including heads of State and Government, national delegates and leaders from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), businesses and other major groups to focus the world’s attention and direct action toward addressing difficult challenges our planet is facing, including reducing poverty, conserving our natural resources, overcoming financial and economic crisis.

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