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ECESA Plus readies the UN system for Rio+20

On the 6th of July, the Principals of ‘ECESA Plus’ gathered in Geneva to advance preparations by the UN system for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20.

The Principals discussed concrete suggestions and proposals for outcomes of the Rio+20 process. They focused on both their organizations’ inputs to the outcome document and practical initiatives that could be launched at the Summit. The outcome document is expected to cover the two conference themes – 1) ‘a green economy within the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication’ and 2) ‘the institutional framework for sustainable development’ – and the conference objective of achieving renewed political commitment to sustainable development. Inputs to a compilation text are due from UN family organizations, as well as Member States and civil society, by 1 November 2011.

Principals were of the general view that the outcome document should reflect an appropriate balance and level of integration between the three pillars of sustainable development, namely economic and social development and environmental sustainability. In particular, the social pillar, including job creation and decent work and social inclusion, needed more emphasis.

The ECESA Plus mechanism includes over 40 organizations and was established in mid-2010 as a way to bring relevant UN system agencies, the World Bank, IMF and the Rio Convention secretariats together with the Members of the Executive Committee on Economic and Social Affairs (ECESA) to prepare for Rio+20.

This meeting of ECESA Plus took place alongside the high-level segment of the substantive session of ECOSOC. Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Mr. Sha Zukang, chaired the meeting as Convener of ECESA and ECESA Plus and Secretary-General of the Rio+20 Conference.

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Meeting of ECESA Plus Deputies, Monday, 31 October, New York
Venue: Room No. 2330, Two UN Plaza (DC2), New York, Time: 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Meeting AgendaPDF document

Summary of MeetingPDF document

The Secretary General Memo to Mr. Sha ZukangPDF document

UN Development Agenda beyond 2015PDF document

Meeting of ECESA Plus Principals, Wednesday, 6 July 2011, Geneva
Venue: Salle XXVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Time: 3:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Meeting AgendaPDF document

Summary of DiscussionsPDF document

Letter by Co-ChairPDF document

Nairobi Helsinki OutcomePDF document

IFSD Study DraftPDF document

Co-Chairs' Guidance Note for Compilation DocumentPDF document

SG Report on MDGsPDF document

Meeting of ECESA Plus Deputies, Thursday, 16 June 2011, New York
Venue: Room No. 2330, Two UN Plaza (DC2), New York, Time: 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Meeting AgendaPDF document

Summary of DiscussionsPDF document

Co-Chairs’ Summary Second Preparatory Committee Meeting United Nations Conference on Sustainable DevelopmentPDF document

Nairobi Helsinki OutcomePDF document

Concept Paper: 2011 Report of the Secretary General on Progress towards the Millennium Development GoalsPDF document

OHRLLS briefing at the EC-ESA deputiesPDF document

ESCWA briefing EC-ESA DeputiesPPT document

Meeting of Principals of ECESA, Wednesday, 2 March 2011, New York
Venue: DC2-2330, DESA OUSG Conference Room, Time: 8:30am - 10:30am

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Conclusions and DecisionsPDF document

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