AKA, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and Rio+20 Summit, members of the United Nations will be begin gathering tomorrow, June 20 to discuss future pathways to a safer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all. As of today, President Obama is not registered to attend as he is currently in Mexico for the G20 Summit. Click here to view the countries that have committed to attend the conference.
The first UN Summit, the UN Conference for Human Environment was held in Stockholm in 1972 when world leaders recognized impending environmental problems and formed the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP). Twenty years later, 1992, the Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with the adoption of Agenda 21. Between the two summits, in the 1980’s, the UN Commission on Environment and Development, aka the Bruntland Commission, was formed. What came out was a document called “Our Common Future” or the “Bruntland Report”. This report framed much of what would become the 40 chapters of Agenda 21 and the 27 principles of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. The report defined sustainable development as development which: “meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Seven critical issues are to be addressed at Rio+20 including disasters, oceans, water, food, cities, energy and jobs. In addition to world leaders there is a Stakeholders group which consists of various organizations attempting to bridge the gaps between interests of each group. Through cooperation and dialogue with the UN Sustainable Development leaders the stakeholders will present their messages. To keep up with the progress of EarthSummit 2012, click here for the website or click here for their Facebook page. If you go to the FB page be sure to scroll down to the GreenPeace photo and click on that…there is a whole album of amazing photos!