Rio+20: The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

20-22 June, 2012
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

CGIAR at Rio+20
CGIAR, a global research partnership for a food secure future, believes that a profound change is needed in the global food and agriculture system if there is to beany hope offeeding the world’s growing population and raising the most disadvantaged out of poverty.

image003Agriculture and Rural Development Day at Rio+20
18 June 2012
Sul America Convention Center
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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About the Rio+20 Summit
Twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, where countries adopted Agenda 21 – a blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection – the UN is again bringing together governments, international institutions and major groups to agree on a range of smart measures that can reduce poverty while promoting decent jobs, clean energy and a more sustainable and fair use of resources.

School children in Lima, Peru, display crops grown in their school garden Photo credit: RUAF
School children in Lima, Peru, display crops grown in their school garden
Photo credit: RUAF

The official discussions will focus on two main themes: How to build a green economy to achieve sustainable development and lift people out of poverty,including support for developing countries that will allow them to find a green path for development; and how to improve international coordination for sustainable development.

Water for sustainable development
Water is a vital ingredient for the transition to a green economy, for poverty reduction and for sustainable development in all countries. Increased investment in water infrastructure and governance is crucial if the goals of Rio+20 are to be achieved.

Join the Rio+20 Dialogue on Water
The Sustainable Development Dialogues, held between 16-19 June in Riocentro, convene experts and stakeholders from civil society, the private sector, NGOs and the scientific community to define recommendations that will be taken directly to the heads of state and government during the high-level segment of Rio+20. This online platform is an instrument to ensure broad, democratic and diverse participation.


Rio+20 Dialogues: the future of water management?
The Results are in.
Over 60,000 people voted for policy recommendations as part of the Rio+20 Dialogues.
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