United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20

20 Jun 2012 – 22 Jun 2012
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

I thought initially that Rio 20 is about the strategy for 2020, similar with Europe 2020. Reading more about the history of sustainable development, I realized that it is called Rio+20 to  mark the 20th anniversary of the conference which has been addressing environment and development specifically. This was the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), mostly referred as the Earth Summit, held in 1992 Rio de Janeiro. After 20 years, the present calls for highest attention of all of the three topics of sustainable development: economic development, social development and environmental protection. Head of States and Government are expected to attend and contribute to the agenda. As it is mentioned on the conference website, http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.html ,  the Conference will result in a focused political document.

I am interested to see who will attend, what will be the balance between representatives of developed and developing countries, the content of the final declaration. I have watched the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon message about the  future he wants. The tagline of this years is “the future we want”. So, I thought I will respond to the call. Yes, I also want a world where people live with dignity and make a decent living. But this would not come as gift. We need to build it. How we do  it? I think the answer is social responsibility education and behavior.

On a side note, in romana: n-am vazut polemica legata de cine va reprezenta Romania la aceasta conferinta.

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