is UNCSD & UNCED and Rio+20?
The Rio+20 is
short "nick name" for the United
Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
It is called Rio+20 as it is the 20th anniversary conference of the
United Nations Conference on Environment
and Development (UNCED) also known as "Earth Summit" in
1992 in Rio de Janeiro.
was formed at the NGO "Global Forum" parallel
to the UNCED Conference in 1992
and since then the network participated in several follow up conferences.
The UNCED was a momentous event for the environment. Three agreements were
(sustainable development), the Rio
Declaration on Environment and Development, and the
Statement of Forest Principles. Importantly, it calls on States to not
delay climate mitigation strategies
in light of scientific uncertainty because of the threat of irreversible damage.
Underneath, you can read about INFORSE's activities concerning Rio+20. Among
made evaluation of the outcome
submitted opinion on the Rio+20 Consultation
- participated with several people at the Conference and followed the negotiations
at the pre-conference
Side Event together with HELIO
- exhibited at the NGO Pavilion
- participated in the Caucus of the NGO Major Group and the Women Major Group
Opinion on Rio+20
Evaluation of the Rio+20 Outcome
Read the Analysis and comments ( pdf
Opinion on Rio+20 NGO Consultation
the opinion submitted on 1.11.2011: ( pdf
Link to INFORSE's
submission on the Rio+20 official web site.
"Green Energy for Green Economy"
Date: June 19, 2012, Time: 17.30-19.00
Place: RioCentro, Room T-5
- Maryse Labriet, France/Spain (HELIO) on the TIPPE tool for decision-makers
- Hazel Henderson, USA (Ethical Markets) on markets to promote renewable energy
- Gunnar Boye Olesen, Denmark INFORSE-Europe /VE) on transition to renewable
- Raymond Myles, India (INFORSE South Asia / INSEDA) on sustainable energy
Read the detailed Side
Energy News"on Rio
Special Rio+20 Issue of INFORSE's Newsletter
Download as pdf file from:
Issue 73, June 2012
Rio+20 - What to Expect?
- Access to Energy for All - the Sustainable Way
- Rio+20 from Women's Perspectives
to Sustainable Energy: Progress in Europe
20th Anniversary of INFORSE in Rio
Members at Rio
members of INFORSE participated at Rio+20.
the participants were:
- Gunnar Boye Olesen, INFORSE-Europe coordinator and VE, Denmark
- Judit Szoleczky, INFORSE-Europe and Sustainable Energy News
- Raymond Myles, INFORSE-South Asia coordinator, INSEDA, India,
- Secou Sarr, INFORSE West Africa Coordinator, ENDA, Senegal
- Finn Tobiesen, Bjarke Rambøll from Sustainable Energy Denmark
- Hamid Taybo, ADEL-Sofala, Mozambique, and
- Representatives of members including AIWC (India), WAFD (India), HELIO
international (France), MAMA-86 (Ukraine), and Sidki Uyar from Eurosolar-Turkey.
The INFORSE group picture was made at the INFORSE's exhibition at the NGO Side Event Pavilion.
Demonstration at RioCentro
- On June 22, 2012, a colourful anti-nuke demonstration took place
at the Rio+20 Conference building. The demonstration was initiated
because the environmental NGOs were deeply frustrated that the Rio+20
outcome document is not addressing the environmental and health problems
power and mining.
On the photo:
- Text on the poster: "Shift from Nuclear Power to Green Energy"
- Text on the yellow bag "Nuclear Energy No Thanks" in
Japanese and German
- The demonstrators were chanting "For Our Children:
Nuclear Free World"
The Demonstration was organised by the Japanese Environmental
NGOs, and was joined by the Women's Major Group and several other
Major Groups Statements
|| NGO Major Group
INFORSE contributed to the work of the NGO Major Group
Read the NGO Major Group Statement at the Plenary Opening
by Wael Hmaidan, CAN (Statement
Watch the video
at the UN WebTV.
Women's Major Group
INFORSE contributed to the work of the
Women Major Group.
Read the Women's Major Group Statement at the Plenary Opening
by Hala Yousry, Egypt (Statement
Watch the video
at UN Web TV.
- More: Women Major Group Side Events, Final Statement after the
Conference etc. at the Women
Major Group under the web site of WECF and at women-rio20.ning
||The Future We Want
The Future We Don't Want
The Future We Dread
than 1,000 organisations and individuals have signed in
only one day a petition called "The Future We Don't Want"
at a Preparation Conference
Rio+20 Conference: UNRISD, Geneva, October 10, 2011
in the UN -
Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) conference
''Green Economy and Sustainable Development
- Bringing Back the Social Dimension'' on October 10th, 2011.
This event was a precursor to the Rio +20 scheduled for the beginning of June
The Conference had a strong attendance from the academic and NGO fields. Governmental
business sectors were noticeably absent but that is to be expected. Though many
of the studies and
ideas put forward had an every echo from the Rio 1992 discussions, some progressively
were introduced. Lessons were learned from policies and implementations gone
wrong or otherwise
needing systemic alterations.
Predominantly two things were made very clear: Local knowledge must be a prerequisite
for any climate
mitigation solution, and should ideally be sourced and maintained through stakeholder
dialogues on a
regular basis. Second, dominant socio-economic models that prevailed during the
20th century are
clearly inadequate to deal with the challenges we now face. It is quite clear
that the time for making
unfilled promises needs to end abruptly.
solutions must come equally from local ideas supported by strong regional,
national and international
'glocalization' movement. This is not the same as think global act local.
is much more ambitious. It is more like act local and demonstrate various
success stories, and this will
in turn drive global decision-making to act.
Read Report from the Conference by Kyle Stuart Herman. (pdf file)
Read Proceedings of the UNRISD and UN-NGLS
The Official Conference Sites:
- Rio +20 UNCSD,
- Rio+20 Dialogue
Geneva, October 10, 2011
- Rio Earth
Other Rio +20 Sites (unofficial):
- People's Summit
- Outreach Newsletter /Stakeholder Forum
- Earth Summit 2012.org
- Road to Rio Plus
- Youth Ideas
more on INFORSE at the Rio Process Conferences:
- Renewable Energy Conference, BIREC, 2005, Beijing,
- Renewable'04 Conference, 2004, Bonn Germany
- WSSD, 2002, Johannesburg
- UNCED,1992, Rio de Janeiro