Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development

Rio +20 LogoThe United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)—commonly referred to as Rio+20—is taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012. This important global event is happening 20 years after the original Rio Earth Summit in 1992.

The 1992 Earth Summit was the second major UN environmental summit. One main theme of the event was that environmental protection and economic growth should not be separate, and that both could be achieved simultaneously. At the Summit, a series of agreements were negotiated to ensure sustainable development across the globe, including the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Statement of Forest Principles. However, perhaps the most notable result of the conference was Agenda 21—a comprehensive document and plan to implement sustainable practices internationally.

Earth Summit Backgrounder (1.7MB)

The upcoming Rio+20 Earth Summit will revisit commitments made to Agenda 21, as well as address challenges that remain today. Rio+20 will have two major themes: Green Economy; and an Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development. While the Green Economy theme focuses on sustainable development in the context of poverty eradication, Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development will address global governance issues.

Rio+20 Consultation in TorontoRCEN and Rio+20 Consultations

The RCEN, in partnership with Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future (SF) and the UN Environment Programme’s Regional Office of North America (UNEP RONA), and supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT), has selected key regional environmental NGOs to host consultation events with civil society groups across the country.

What do Canadians think? Click here to read the RCEN Rio+20 Consultation Outcomes Document.

Learn more about Rio+20 consultations, dates and locations


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