News and information about the 2012 UN conference "Rio+20"

News and information about the 2012 UN conference "Rio+20"

Citizens Summit on Sustainable Development

CitNet was one of the organizers of this meeting to prepare for the June 2012 UN Conference on Environment & Development in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20).

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Livestreaming of Citizens Summit

We are excited to announce that three sessions of the Citizens' Summit will be livestreamed at The only necessary equipment is a computer with access to the internet.

The panels streamed will be:


Citizens Summit on Sustainable Development

On March 24-25, the US-Canada Citizens Summit on Sustainable Development will bring together citizen organizations and networks, educators, government policymakers, business representatives, youth and others across North America to review progress towards sustainability since the 1992 Earth Summit and to identity the key p

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UN releases Rio+20 zero draft document

The United Nations has finally released the document which everyone in the Rio+20 queue has been waiting for -- the so-called "zero draft" document which lays out the field of verbal battle that will take place over the next five m

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UN Under-Secretary General calls for US leadership on Rio+20

 On June 28, 2011, UN Under General Secretary Sha Zukang spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, calling upon the United States for its leadership in getting the world's governments and citizens to re-commit themselves to the global challenge of sustainable development -- one of t

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Rio+20 co-chairs invite inputs for compilation document

This past March the co-chairs of the UNCSD Bureau prepared a "guidance note" for inputs from Member States and "other stakeholders" into a compilation document "to serve as basis for the preparation of zero draft of the outcome document." This includes comments and recommendations from governments, civil society organizations (i.e., "Major Groups"), and o

Rio+20: Briefing on UN and US preparations

UN Conference on Sustainable Development

In Washington, D.C., representatives from a range of environmental groups filled the small meeting room at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) yesterday to hear and discuss the latest news about the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) planned for 2012 -