The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio +20, will be held from 13 to 22 June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is known as Rio +20 because it marks the twentieth anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio-92), and should help define the sustainable development agenda for the coming decades.

Brazil's petition to host Rio +20 was approved in the 6th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, in 2009. The objective of the conference is to renew political commitment to sustainable development, through the assessment of progress and gaps in the implementation of decisions made at the major summits held on the subject, and through the discussion of new and emerging issues.


The Conference will have two main themes: Green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, And the institutional framework for sustainable development.

Rio +20 consists of three stages. In the first few days, between June 13 and 15, the Third Meeting of the Preparatory Committee has been scheduled - in it, government representatives will meet to negotiate the documents to be adopted at the Conference. Subsequently, events with civil society are scheduled for June 16 - 19. The High Level Segment of the Conference is scheduled for June 20 to 22; attendance by several Heads of State and Government of United Nations member countries is expected.

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