4 January 2012
Scaling-up sustainable development ahead Rio+20
The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) as it is formally known and now scheduled for later in June will address two over-arching themes - a Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and an institutional framework for sustainable development.
Year 2012 will mark some major milestones in the race to realize sustainable development as nations navigate the final laps on the road to Rio+20
UNEP website highlights of major activities for the first half of 2012.
RIO+20, envisaged as a summit involving heads of state, comes 20 years after the Rio Earth Summit of 1992 that set the course for contemporary sustainable development and established the climate change, biodiversity and desertification treaties as well as a forum on forests.
It also comes four decades after the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment that led to the establishment of UNEP-thus 2012 also marks the 40th anniversary of the environment programme of the UN.
2012 has also been designated as the "International Year for Sustainable Energy for All" by the UN's General Assembly.
The year is aimed at creating an enabling environment for the promotion and use of new and renewable energy technologies, including measures to improve access to such technologies.
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