Newsletter - Rio+20: Making it Happen
The Newsletter is produced by the Rio+20 Secretariat in the Division of Sustainable Development of DESA, with input from UN System Offices and other international governmental organizations, Member States and Major Groups from around the world.

Contact us at: uncsd2012@un.org
Rio+20 Newsletter: Making it Happen, Volume 3, Issue 6, 11 Jun 2012

"We need to invent a new model - a model that offers growth and social inclusion - a model that is more respectful of the planet's finite resources. That is why I have made sustainable development my number one priority."

- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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Rio+20 Newsletter: Making it Happen, Volume 3, Issue 5, 18 May 2012

Five more days have been added (29 May to 2 June) to accelerate the negotiation of the Rio+20 Outcome Document. A report estimates the investments made worldwide since 2007 in green companies and technologies to the amazing amount of more than $3.3 trillion. A list of more than 500 side events scheduled in RioCentro is now available.

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Rio+20 Newsletter: Making it Happen, Volume 3, Issue 4, 23 Apr 2012

"We need to mobilize public support around the world for the vision of finally building a sustainable world that guarantees the well-being of humanity, while preserving the planet for future generations" - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Over 130 Heads of State, Vice Presidents, Heads of Government, and deputy Prime Ministers are currently inscribed on the speakers list for the Rio+20 Conference, from 20-22 June. Read more in our latest issue of the Rio+20 Newsletter - Making it Happen.

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Volume 3, Issue 3 - Special edition on social media and 100 Days to The Future We Want, 12 Mar 2012

In our highly interconnected world, social media has played a role in democratizing information at all levels. It reflects the pulse of society and the tone of public opinion today ? particularly for young people who rely heavily on social networks to engage with political and economic life around them. Social media is a force that will continue to shape the way we communicate and collaborate, mobilize and participate, and will no doubt be essential to achieving a transparent and inclusive outcome at Rio+20.

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Volume 3, Issue 2, 14 Feb 2012

200 million people are unemployed during the global economic recession, however 1.3 billion do not earn enough to lift themselves and their dependents out of poverty. As job creation remains a vital part of economic recovery, green and decent jobs can play a critical role in protecting the environment, promoting social inclusion and aiding in a transition to a low-carbon economy. In Volume 3, Issue 2, the Rio+20: Making it Happen newsletter focuses on jobs, one of the seven priority issues that the Conference will address. Also in this issue: approaching deadlines, the launch of the 2011 World Youth Report, an e-Discussion with ECOSOC, news from Major Groups, and upcoming events.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, 16 Jan 2012

Food security exists when all people, at all times, are able to have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. It is becoming increasingly clear that the food and sustainable agriculture sectors will be critical to greening the global economy. Agriculture and food production constitutes the single largest economic sector in the world, the largest source of income and jobs for poor rural households, and often represents their surest path out of poverty. In Volume 3, Issue 1, the Rio+20: Making it Happen newsletter focuses on food security, one of the seven priority issues that the Conference will address. Also in this issue, initial discussions on the zero draft of the Rio+20 outcome document, the UN system on the front lines of the food crisis, and more upcoming events.

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Volume 2, Issue 24, 30 Dec 2011

Demographic trends are placing more pressure on water-stressed regions than ever before. With the global population expected to increase by up to 50 per-cent in the next fifty years, sustainable management of water resources will present a significant development challenge. In Volume 2, Issue 24, the Rio+20: Making it Happen newsletter focuses on water, one of the seven priority issues that the Conference will address. Also in this issue, news from the 66th session of the UN General Assembly as it wraps up the work of its main session, important deadlines for Rio+20, and the updated negotiating schedule for the UNCSD.

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Volume 2, Issue 23, 15 Dec 2011

Disasters threaten lives and development effort. In Volume 2, Issue 23, Rio+20: Making it Happen newsletter focuses on disaster risk reduction and sustainable development, one of the seven priority issues that the Conference will address. Among other issues and events, It highlights the Fifth Meeting of the Secretary-General's High-level Global Sustainability Panel and the Workshop on Partnerships for Rio+20. It also announces the publishing of "Issues Briefs" on "Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building" and "Regional, National and Local Levels of Sustainable Development."

Please be advised that pre-registration and accreditation for participation in Rio+20 by relevant NGOs and other Major Groups is now open at http://www.uncsd2012.org/registration

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Volume 2, Issue 22, 5 Dec 2011

Volume 2, Issue 22 of Rio+20: Making it Happen focuses on the impact of rapid urbanization on the sustainable growth of cities, one of the seven priority issues to be addressed at Rio+20. Meanwhile, the Second Intersessional Meeting of Rio+20 will soon take place on 15-16 December 2011. This newsletter highlights the compilation document and events relating to the meeting. It also features the launch of the Portuguese version of the Rio+20 website, an event hosted by the Mayor of Rio de Janiero.

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Volume 2, Issue 21, 21 Nov 2011

Volume 2, Issue 21 of Rio+20: Making it Happen focuses on the sustainable management of oceans and marine resources (blue economy), one of the seven priority issues to be addressed at the Conference. Among other related events, it also highlights the 22 November 2011 launch of the Conference's communications strategy, which aims at increasing public engagement to promote the sustainability agenda. In addition, it announces the proposed new Conference dates (20-22 June 2012).

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Volume 2, Issue 20, 4 Nov 2011

Volume 2, Issue 20 of Rio+20: Making it Happen, highlights excerpts of world leaders' remarks during the General Debate of the General Assembly's 66th session, which focused on Rio+20 and sustainable development. Among related events and issues, the newsletter also reports on a 26 October 2011, "Means of Implementation for Sustainable Development" panel discussion event, which was part of the Special Events of the Second Committee of the General Assembly's 66th session. It also announces a special consultation between Conference Secretary-General Sha Zukang and key organizing partners from the nine major groups for Rio+20, on 3 November 2011.

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Volume 2, Issue 19, 17 Oct 2011

Volume 2, Issue 19 of Rio+20: Making it Happen newsletter highlights the International Day of Rural Women and the critical role rural women play in promoting sustainable development and eradicating poverty. Among other related events and issues, it also announces the opening of the UN Office for Sustainable Development in South Korea and various regional preparatory meetings for Rio+20.

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Volume 2, Issue 18, 30 Sep 2011

Volume 2, Issue 18 of Rio+20: Making it Happen newsletter is a special issue dedicated to the perspectives of major groups stakeholders. In accordance with its mandate to facilitate implementation of Agenda 21, the Rio+20 Secretariat aims to enhance the participation of major groups and develop innovative modalities for their engagement in full consultation with the organizing partners.

In this issue: an introduction to the ?SDGs?, updates from the major groups sectors for Children & Youth, Local Authorities and Farmers, and a welcome aboard to CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation.

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Volume 2, Issue 17, 20 Sep 2011

Volume 2, Issue 17 of Rio+20: Making it Happen newsletter features the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought, which will contribute to the Rio+20 process. Among other related events and issues, the newsletter also highlights the Beijing High-level Symposium on the UN Conference on Sustainable Development's outcome and also features the Rio+20 Bureau's meeting with representatives of International Financial Institutions.

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Volume 2, Issue 16, 31 Aug 2011

Volume 2, Issue 16 of Rio+20 Making it Happen newsletter highlights the ?Stockholm Statement to Rio+20? calling for safe drinking water for all by 2030, the International Year of Water Cooperation 2013, and a seminar as part of preparations for the launch of the UN Office for Sustainable Development in Incheon, Korea.

Among upcoming events and issues, it also announces the appointment of Mr. Nikhil Seth as the new Director for the Division for Sustainable Development. and subsequently as Head of the Office of Rio+20 Conference Secretary-General Sha Zukang.

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Volume 2, Issue 15, 16 Aug 2011

The latest issue of Rio+20: Making it Happen, Volume 2. Issue 15, highlights the General Assembly's High-level Meeting on Youth, which took place from 25 to 26 July 2011, in New York, USA to cap the International Year of Youth and the Secretary-General's call to Member States to include the youth in national delegations to UN meetings, including Rio+20. Besides upcoming events, this issue also announces a pre-launch seminar on 25-25 August 2011 for the newly established UN Office for Sustainable Development in Incheon, Korea and the 3 to 4 October 2011 Delhi Dialogue on "Green Economy and Inclusive Growth."

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Volume 2, Issue 14, 29 Jul 2011

Volume 2, Issue 14 is a special issue focusing on one of the two themes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the "institutional framework for sustainable development." It highlights the first Intergovernmental meeting dedicated to IFSD, which took place in Solo, Indonesia and provides information and resources on the preparatory work on the theme along with upcoming events.

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Volume 2, Issue 13, 15 Jul 2011

With the just-ended High-level segment of the UN Economic and Social Council adopting a Ministerial Declaration, which emphasized the importance of education for sustainable development and to Rio+20, the current issue of Rio+20: Making it Happen newsletter highlights the link between education and sustainable development. It also features the 7 July, Rio+20 Bureau meeting with the Executive Committee on Economic and Social Affairs that focused on the UN system's contribution to Rio+20.

Among other issues and events, the newsletter also draws attention to a Brief related to the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development on 'Lessons from the Peer Review Mechanism," and to the upcoming Pacific region's Rio+20 preparatory meeting to held on 22 July in Samoa.

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Volume 2, Issue 12, 30 Jun 2011

The latest issue of the "Rio+20: Making it Happen," newsletter highlights the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All (2012), as declared by the General Assembly in December 2010, to promote universal access to energy, a core issue for Rio+20. It also features Conference Secretary-General Sha Zukang's address to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., where he called for US leadership for Rio+20.

Among upcoming events and issues, it also announces next month's ECOSOC's Substantive Session, scheduled for 4 to 29 July, and the AIMS Regional Rio+20 preparatory meeting. which will take place in Seychelles from 7 to 8 July.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, 17 Jun 2011

Our new issue - Volume 2, Issue 11 of Rio+20: Making it Happen - features activities marking the one year count-down to Rio+20 in both New York and Rio de Janeiro. With other events and issues highlighted, it also announces the three-day High-level Dialogue on Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development to be held on 19-21 July 2011, in Solo, Central Java, Indonesia.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, 31 May 2011

The current issue - Volume 2, Issue 10 of Rio+20: Making it Happen - prominently highlights the Rio+20 Launching Ceremony to take place on 3 June 2011 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Among other events and issues, it also provides an update on the Nagoya Protocol to the Convention on Biological Diversity, announces the NRF call for views on the expected political outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference and touches on World Environment Day (5 June) and World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, 17 May 2011

The latest issue of the newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 9, features a Nordic Council side-event held at CSD-19, which focused on the role of women in the economy and the importance of engaging civil society and to create a sustainable future. Among other issues, reports and events, it also highlights the upcoming 2 June thematic debate of the UN General Assembly on the ?green economy? and the 31 May to 3 June Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Amazon, Congo, and Borneo-Mekong Forest Basins to be held in the Republic of Congo.

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Volume 2, Issue 8, 29 Apr 2011

This issue highlights the third workshop co-organized by the UN General Assembly on "Green Economy Pathways" and points on the linkages between CSD-19 and Rio+20

Among other related events and issues, the newsletter reports on the 20 April Interactive Dialogue of the UN General Assembly on Harmony with Nature. It also announces a 6 May 2011 seminar to be organized by UN University in New York, titled "Vision for RIO+20: System Change for Green Economy and Poverty Reduction" and the third meeting of the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability to be held on 11-12 May 2011 in Helsinki, Finland.

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Volume 2, Issue 7, 15 Apr 2011

Please view our latest issue of the biweekly newsletter of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development.

This issue focuses on the upcoming Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony With Nature, taking place on 20 April 2011in New York, the Commission on Sustainable Development, scheduled for 2-13 May, as well other related information on the preparatory processes leading up to the Rio+20 Conference.

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Volume 2, Issue 6, 30 Mar 2011

Volume 2, Issue 6 is a special issue focusing on one of the two themes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), a "green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication." It provides information and resources on the preparatory work on the theme along with upcoming events.

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Volume 2, Issue 5, 17 Mar 2011

This issue highlights the momentum building up towards the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) processes at both the international and national levels and the celebration of World Water Day on 22 March 2011, which will be observed in Cape Town, South Africa .

Among other related events and issues, the newsletter reports on the 16 March Interactive Dialogue between the UN General Assembly and the High-level Global Sustainability Panel. It also announces the newly released publication titled "Report by Panel of Experts on the Transition to a Green Economy: Benefits, Challenges and Risks from a Sustainable Development Perspective," which was produced by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the UN Environment Programme, the UN Conference on Trade and Development and other relevant organizations.

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Volume 2, Issue 4, 28 Feb 2011

This edition announces a 4 March 2011 Press Conference on Rio+20 processes, which will be hosted by Mr. Sha Zukang at 11:00 a.m., in the DHL Auditorium at UN Headquarters and the recent launch of a redesigned website.

It also highlights related developments and events, including Mr. Sha's statement at IPM for CSD-19, Ms. Liz Thompson's, co-Executive Coordinator for Rio+20, participation as a panellist at a Women's Environment and Development Orgainzation (WEDO) side-event, among other related events and issues.

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Volume 2, Issue 3, 16 Feb 2011

We are pleased to announce that our latest issue of the biweekly newsletter Rio+20: Making it Happen, dedicated to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development is now available online, and will also be sent to subscribers.

It also highlights related developments and events, including the second meeting of the Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability, the launch of the International Year of Forests and the General Assembly's debate on risk reduction, among other issues.

The Newsletter is produced by the Rio+20 Secretariat in the Division of Sustainable Development of DESA, with input from UN System Offices and other international governmental organizations, Member States and Major Groups from around the world.

Contact us at: uncsd2012@un.org

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Volume 2, Issue 2, 31 Jan 2011

This edition highlights the statement made by the United Nations Secretary-General at the recently held World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, regarding the need for "revolutionary action" to achieve sustainable development:, the same principle at the core of Rio+20, scheduled next year. It also summarizes the outcome of the Commission on Sustainable Development's intersessional meeting, held in mid-January in Panama City, Panama, which considered the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, among other issues.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, 19 Jan 2011

Our latest issue of the biweekly newsletter of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development is now available online and will also be sent to subscribers.

Our aim is to keep you abreast of the preparatory work for the Conference to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012. This Newsletter is prepared by the dedicated UNCSD Secretariat with input from UN offices, agencies, funds and programs, as well as from national delegations and major groups from around the world. We encourage you to use and share our information with all interested in Rio+20. You are invited to subscribe to the newsletter.

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Volume 1, Issue 2, 22 Dec 2010

The second issue of the biweekly newsletter of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development is now available online and will also be sent to subscribers.

Our aim is to keep you abreast of the preparatory work for the Conference to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012. This Newsletter is prepared by the dedicated UNCSD Secretariat with input from UN offices, agencies, funds and programs, as well as from national delegations and major groups from around the world.
We encourage you to use and share our information with all interested in Rio+20. You are invited to subscribe to the newsletter.

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Rio+20 Newsletter launched!, 1 Dec 2010

The first issue of the biweekly newsletter of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development is now available online and will also be sent to subscribers.

Our aim is to keep you abreast of the preparatory work for the Conference to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012. This Newsletter is prepared by the dedicated UNCSD Secretariat with input from UN offices, agencies, funds and programs, as well as from national delegations and major groups from around the world.

We encourage you to use and share our information with all interested in Rio+20: You are invited to subscribe to the newsletter.

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