After the conclusion of the preparatory talks on June 2, Secretary General Sha Zukang said, “I sense a real dialogue– a real willingness to find common ground. This spirit is encouraging, and we must carry it to Rio.” However, he did add that the pace of the talks still needed to be accelerated in order to complete the negotiations by the end of the next and final Preparatory Committee meeting.
On June 13, the Final Preparatory Committee begins and is the unofficial start of the two week gathering of government and civil society to discuss “The Future We Want.” The PrepCom will continue negotiating the draft outcome document as it emerged on 2 June from the third round of “informal informal” consultations at UN Headquarters in New York. The PrepCom is also expected to adopt the provisional rules of procedure for the conference.
From the 13-20 Rio will hosts hundreds of side events and high-level sessions. Below are links to help you find events to attend.
13-22 June 2012
Rio+20 side events: More than 500 side events organized by Governments, Major Groups, UN system and other international organizations are scheduled, including many that are expected to be attended by Heads of State or Government.
20-22 June 2012
Partnerships Forum: Five high-level sessions will showcase best practices, practical experiences and concrete contributions to sustainable development on: entrepreneurs/grassroots, food/health, gender, partnerships brokering and partnerships’ contribution to “The Future We Want.”
The formal opening plenary meeting for the Conference will be held during the morning of Wednesday, 20 June, and will consider all procedural and organizational matters. The plenary meeting will also hear statements from the President of the Economic and Social Council and the nine major groups. At the ceremonial opening of the Conference, which will be held in the afternoon of Wednesday, 20 June, the President of the Conference, the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Secretary-General of the Conference will address participants. In addition to a general debate, the Conference will feature four high-level roundtable sessions on “Looking at the way forward in implementing the expected outcomes of the Conference.”
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