The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) will take place in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. It is envisaged as a Conference at the highest possible level, including Heads of State and Government or other representatives. The Conference will result in a focused political document. The objective is to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and address new and emerging challenges.
>> Check the blog and vlog produced by the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights delegation and the DAWN Facebook page for more information on the agenda regarding the women’s rights and sexual and reproductive health at the Rio+20 Summit.
>> Read the new briefing paper The Vatican at Rio+20 – What’s At Stake?, produced by the Catholics for Choice for advocates and member state delegations that examines the Holy See’s role at the UN and what it means for the Rio+20 negotiations. The paper offers a concise account of the facts behind the Holy See’s privileged position at the UN as well as its history of undermining consensus and ramrodding its radical agenda into global policy documents.