Achievements of RIO +20
The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) was held in June 20-22, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This event attracted more than 40,000 people among those governors, representatives of civil societies and private sector. Everyone agreed that the conference was a success. The document called „Future We Want” was drawn as a result of long and tough negotiations. Among the most important stages are worth mentioning at least these:
- The Conference underlined the importance of political commitment to sustainable development.
- Poverty was recognized as the greatest challenge to economic, social and environmental well-being and development.
- It was agreed that the Member States will have to formulate universal sustainable development goals, SDGs, which will be used as the tools of evaluating their breakthrough.
- Women and children’s health, food and nutrition security, Sustainable Energy for All cannot be achieved by Governments alone. All major groups of civil society and private sector will be collaborating on these top important issues.
- The importance of gender equality and women’s empowerment was recognized as central in Sustainable Development.
- 10-year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production was adopted.
- The role of green economy in poverty reduction, economic growth and environmental care was acknowledged.
- The right to food and nutrition security for all was recognized as well. It can be ensured by sustainable agriculture and food systems. Better access to nutritious food for all is one of the goals of the document.
During the Rio+20 essential principals of sustainable development were emphasized, reaffirmed and adopted. “Now the work begins”, announced the General Secretary Ban Ki-moon.