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Rio+20: The Essential Information

From Vitae Civilis

This paper aims to encourage and support the participation of civil society at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio+20 and the many processes around it.

We seek to provide a synthetic and objective view of the event, the issues at hand and the means of participation, as well as of many of the activities related to the conference that are being developed, from the perspective of a non-governmental organization committed to sustainability, justice, democracy and citizenship in its broadest sense. Other authors and organizations possibly have different views, but we are confident that we offer a good starting point here, for all those who are interested in Rio+20, irrespective of their positions and backgrounds. Comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome and can be sent to comunicacao@vitaecivilis.org.br

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The information presented here is from January 15, 2012. Please visit www.vitaecivilis.org.br for an updated and more detailed edition.

Rio+20 simplified calendar

Where can I find more information about Rio+20?
● Official conference website in English: http:www.uncsd2012.org

● Official conference Facebook page in English: www.facebook.com/UNRioplus20

● Official Rio+20 Twitter in English: www.twitter.com/UN_Rioplus20

● UN website for civil society contributions: www.un.org/sustainablefuture

● Brazilian Government and Rio de Janeiro Government website for Rio+20: www.rio20.gov.br

● Ministry of Environment website for Rio+20: http://hotsite.mma.gov.br/rio20/

● People’s Summit for Environmental and Social Justice website: http://cupuladospovos.org.br/

● Video lesson “Understanding Rio+20”: http://bit.ly/rio20videoaula

● “Radar Rio+20” website and publication: http://radarrio20.org.br

● Vitae Civilis Institute website: www.viteacivilis.org.br” target=”_blank”> www.uncsd2012.org
● Official conference Facebook page in English: www.facebook.com/UNRioplus20
● Official Rio+20 Twitter in English: www.twitter.com/UN_Rioplus20
● UN website for civil society contributions: www.un.org/sustainablefuture
● Brazilian Government and Rio de Janeiro Government website for Rio+20: www.rio20.gov.br
● Ministry of Environment website for Rio+20: http://hotsite.mma.gov.br/rio20/
● People’s Summit for Environmental and Social Justice website: http://cupuladospovos.org.br/
● Video lesson “Understanding Rio+20”: http://bit.ly/rio20videoaula
● “Radar Rio+20” website and publication: http://radarrio20.org.br
● Vitae Civilis Institute website: www.vitaecivilis.org.br

DEADLINES AND KEY DATES

  • 2012 February 20 – Deadline for accreditation of institutions interested in participating in Rio+20, for those which do not have consultative status with ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council of the UN) and have not been accredited to the World Summit on Sustainable Development 2002 (WSSD2002).
  • 2012 February 28 – Deadline for registration of “SD-Learning” educational side events to figure in the official program of the conference. More information: http://bit.ly/rio20sdlearning
  • 2012 March 19 to 23 – First round of negotiations on the zero draft of the outcome document, in New York
  • 2012 March 26 to 27 – 3rd Intersessional Meeting of Rio+20, in New York
  • 2012 March 30 – Deadline for registration of side events to figure in the official program of the conference during Rio+20. More information: http://bit.ly/rio20sideevents
  • 2012 May 20 – Registration deadline for individuals to participate in official events related to the Rio+20 conference in Rio de Janeiro. More information: http://bit.ly/rio20inscricao
  • 2012 June 13 to 15 – Realization of the last preparatory meeting for the UN Rio+20, in Rio de Janeiro
  • 2012 June 15 to 23 – Realization of the People’s Summit, major civil society event parallel to Rio+20
  • 2012 June 20 to 22 – Realization of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20

The online version of this publication (available at www.vitaecivilis.org.br) presents a complete calendar of the official