Secretary-General's message for Launch of the Vote for the Future You Want
New York, 6 June 2012
I welcome the Rio Dialogues on Sustainable Development, an on-line platform for people across the world to discuss the future we want.
A social networking initiative of the Brazilian Government supported by the United Nations, the dialogues are an attempt to create a bridge between civil society and the official proceedings of the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development.
I am very encouraged that the world's people -- including thousands of participants from non-governmental organizations, academia and government – have used this forum to come up with 100 recommendations in ten critical areas -- water, oceans, food, energy, forests, employment, cities, poverty, economic crises and sustainable production and consumption.
I urge even greater participation in the next phase of this initiative: on-line voting, starting on 5 June, World Environment Day, and continuing for ten days, to determine which of those recommendations will be presented formally to the world leaders who will gather in Rio. Go to vote.riodialogues.org. Tell us what you think. Those votes -- the voices of the people -- can make a difference in building a prosperous, equitable, stable and sustainable world for all.
Statements on 6 June 2012
- New York, 6 June 2012 - Secretary-General's remarks to the special cultural event supporting UN Women and celebrating the sixty-sixth presidency of the General Assembly
- New York, 6 June 2012 - Secretary-General's remarks to informal meeting of the General Assembly on the launch of the Integrated Implementation Framework
- St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, 6 June 2012 - Secretary-General's message to Third International Meeting of High Level Representatives on Security Issues [Delivered by Yury Fedotov, Executive Director, United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime]
- Geneva, Switzerland, 6 June 2012 - Secretary-General's video message to the International Labour Conference