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RIO+20 The Future We Want

RIO+20 the future we want

What is "Rio+20"?

"Rio+20" is the short name for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012 – twenty years after the landmark 1992 Earth Summit in Rio.

At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from the private sector, NGOs and other groups, came together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet.

The official discussions focussed 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.

AT Rio+20, more than $513 billion was pledged to build a sustainable future. It signaled a major step forward in achieving the future we want.

"Rio+20 has given us a solid platform to build on. And it has given us the tools to build with. The work starts now"

– UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Why is Rio+20 important?

If we are to leave a liveable world to our children and grandchildren, the challenges of widespread poverty and environmental destruction need to be tackled now.

Want to find out more? Read the brochure PDF

Read Keeping track of our changing environment -- From Rio to Rio+20 (UNEP).