Discussing the Rio+20 zero draft

An informal meeting in preparation of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development took place at UN Headquarters on 25-27 January, with initial discussions on the zero draft of the Rio+20 outcome document

Over the course of three days, Member States devoted three sessions to general discussions and comments, and three sessions to informal negotiations on Sections I and II of the zero draft, covering the Preamble/Stage setting and the objective of Renewing Political Commitment to sustainable development. Member States were invited to submit their written comments on those Sections by 23 January. 

Likewise, Member States will have until 17 February to submit comments on Sections III, IV and V of the zero draft in time for further negotiations in March. More than 200 delegates from Major Groups were registered to participate in the meeting, and many held stakeholder consultations on the margins of the informal negotiating sessions between Governments.

The High-level Panel on Global Sustainability further briefed delegates on 25 January and UN DESA hosted a series of workshops for Major Groups and other stakeholders on the margins of Member State consultations and negotiations on the zero draft of the Rio+20 outcome document. 

Developed for trainers, the workshops were designed to enhance awareness of the themes of sustainable development and build stakeholder capacity to engage with the intergovernmental process. Each workshop was built on previous training and provided participants with the most current information relevant to the Rio+20 process. Workshops will be hosted in New York in January, March and April; in Porto Alegre, Brazil on the margins of the World Social Forum; and in São Paulo, Brazil in early February. 

Check the official Rio+20 website for more details, including the zero draft: http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.html