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New proposals for negotiations underway in New York
The UN said that negotiations on the outcome document for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, known as ``Rio 20', resumed on Monday in New York, with countries advancing many new proposals that will shape the direction of how the world will move the sustainable development agenda forward.

PANA learnt that countries have submitted additional comments since the initial round of negotiations for the Rio 20 outcome document began in January.

The ?zero draft? of the outcome document, entitled: ``The Future We Want?, was based on more than 6,000 pages of submissions from UN member states, civil society groups, businesses and others.

This round of negotiations, will end on 27 March, and is expected to hone the document further.

A UN statement, made available to PANA in New York, stated: ``In addition to the proposals by countries, the UN Secretary-General?s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability has made 56 recommendations to advance sustainability'.

It said that the proposals, included a recommendation to move towards a ``new political economy' that would change the way the world measures economic progress to include social and environmental externalities.

``The reason we are gathering here now is because at Rio 20 we must agree on solutions to major global challenges for the sake of everyone, with an eye towards tomorrow?s generations,? the UN?s Rio 20 Secretary-General, Sha Zukang, said in the statement.

Sha noted that, ``Rio 20 can be the moment when we say we determined the future we want. I urge everyone to realize the opportunities afforded at Rio 20 and to seize them now'.

He said: ``For a sustainable future, we need actions that are bold and transformative at all levels, and these steps in negotiating ahead of Rio 20 are vital to ensuring that we get results and commitments at Rio 20 for the benefit of everyone and our planet'.

He disclosed that the negotiations are divided into a round of ``informal informal' negotiations, from 19 to 23 March, and an inter-sessional meeting on 26-27 March.

``In addition to key negotiations, the time period also provides the opportunity for a wide range of side events organized by different groups to present topics related to Rio 20,' the UN official said.

Sha further said that, ``the next steps for finalizing the Rio 20 outcome document will occur during a negotiating session to be held in New York from 23 April to 4 May, with a final round taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 13 to 15 June'.

More than 100 presidents and prime ministers, along with thousands of business CEOs, parliamentarians, mayors, UN officials, NGO leaders, academics, renowned artists and representatives from many other groups will come together for Rio 20, to be held 20-22 June.

Some 50,000 people are expected to participate in the Conference, with thousands more expected in Rio de Janeiro in the lead-up to and at the time of the Conference.
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