on Tue, January 22, 2013 at 10.26 pm
Let the Dialogue Continue – What did the world say in Rio?
The voices and outcomes of Rio+20 provide valuable inputs and background information as we continue to build The World We Want Post-2015.
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20, took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012 – twenty years after the landmark 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. At this conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from government, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, convened to formulate a resolution for the future of our planet. Rio+20 resulted in The Future We Want, a focused political outcome document which contains clear and practical measures for implementing sustainable development. See and search the official submissions to the Rio+20 negotiations.
In preparation for Rio +20 UNDESA and UNDP supported more than 70 countries to engage stakeholders to review progress, challenges and gaps in the implementation of sustainable development over the last two decades. Through national consultations, reviews and reporting processed, countries prepared national reports. The results of these national reports are synthesised here.
RIO DIALOGUES - THE WORLD'S TOP 10
The most-supported recommendation by topic
Take concrete steps to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies
Restore 150 million hectares of deforested and degraded lands by 2020
Secure water supply by protecting biodiversity, ecosystems and water sources
Promote food systems that are sustainable and contribute to improvement of health
Avoid ocean pollution by plastics through education and community collaboration
Promote global education to eradicate poverty and to achieve sustainable development
Promote the use of waste as a renewable energy source in urban environments
Phase out harmful subsidies and develop green tax schemes
Put education at the core of the Sustainable Development Goals agenda
Promote tax reforms that encourage environmental protection and benefits the poor
About the Rio Dialogues
Recognizing that all people had a stake in the outcome of the conference and that ordinary people were traditionally left out of UN processes, the Brazilian government joined forces with UNDP to pioneer the Rio Dialogues, a direct channel for people to offer their views to world leaders. Launched through a digital platform (https://www.riodialogues.org/) over 10,000 people took part in on-line debates on ten themes of sustainable development that were facilitated by researchers from renowned academic institutions around the world . These resulted in ten concrete recommendations for each topic which were put up to a global vote in which more than 60,000 people participated. (http://vote.riodialogues.org).
The ten recommendations in each theme, ranked by the support received inside the platform and by the votes received in the public site were presented to the Panelists in the Sustainable Development Dialogues (Rio de Janeiro, 16-19 June 2012), during Rio+20. See the panelists and final recommendations here.