Rio + 20 to celebrate the Sustainable Development Dialogues

May 23, 2012 1 Comment by

Within the framework of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, the Government of Brazil and UNDP have extended an invitation to organizations and participants worldwide to take part in the Sustainable Development Dialogues. The dialogues are a virtual and direct platform for anyone who desires to add their voice to the Rio+20 Conference.

It is expected that Rio+20 will define the sustainable development agenda for the coming decades. The dialogues are a space to bring together stakeholders, experts, and members of civil society, including the private sector, NGOs, the scientific community, and others to discuss and define recommendations that will be taken directly to the Heads of State and Government during the High-Level Segment of Rio+20.

Facilitators from academic and research institutions will lead the online discussion in ten key themes which include: oceans, food and nutrition security, sustainable development for fighting poverty, sustainable development as an answer to the economic and financial crisis, sustainable energy for all, water, the economics of sustainable development, sustainable cities and innovation, unemployment, decent works, and migrations and forests.

This online platform, which functions as a blog, seeks to encourage broad, democratic, and diverse participation in the Sustainable Development Dialogues process. It constitutes a great opportunity to engage the private sector and the civil society in the Rio+20 conference and to support the success of the event with ideas and proposals.

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Natalia Escobar-Pemberthy joined the GEG team in September 2011as a research assistant for the UMass Center of Governance and Sustainability. Natalia graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2005 and its currently a PhD Student in the Global Governance and Human Security program at UMass Boston

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