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16 Mar 2012 - UNDP launches International Platform for Global Water Solidarity to Engage Local Actors From the North and South to Develop Local Solutions to Challenges of Water and Sanitation

Participants at World Water Forum sign International Charter to promote universal access to water and sanitation services through local-level solidarity

19 Mar 2012 - UN experts call for including human rights standards in development goals

A group of independent United Nations experts today urged States to include universally agreed international human rights norms and standards, as well as accountability mechanisms, in the goals that will emerge from a UN sustainable development forum in June.

23 Mar 2012 - Ban spotlights Singapore?s work on disaster management and sustainable development

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today praised Singapore?s response to natural disasters as well as it policies on sustainable development and added that the country?s participation and experience vital for the international community.

28 Mar 2012 - Looking to Rio+20, world must act on sustainable development, says UN forum

The international community must ?reset the global development agenda? and strengthen its commitment to sustainable development, a United Nations-backed conference in Istanbul heard today.

29 Mar 2012 - Urgent international action needed to combat social inequalities and environmental risks, UN Secretary General says

Social justice and environmental protection are equally urgent and intrinsically linked universal goals, with coordinated global action needed on both fronts at the UN?s ?Rio+20? Conference on Sustainable Development in June, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message to an audience of development experts, civil society leaders and government officials at the first Global Human Development Forum here today.

2 Apr 2012 - Ban: new economic paradigm needed, including social and environmental progress

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today highlighted the need for an economic paradigm that incorporates social and environmental progress in efforts to achieve sustainable development.

20 Apr 2012 - Chance to Join NFL to ?Kick Hunger? in U.S., Grow Wise Leaders and Enhance Spring Snows as a RIO+20 Model

First Ladies, Lady Bird Johnson, Rosalyn Carter and Betty Ford with Rep Bella Abzug and Olympians Donna deVarona and Suzy Chaffee jubilantly finishing 2,000 mile Women's Torch Relay in 1977. Runners enjoyed Lady Bird's "Keep America Beautiful" wild flowers, which restored vast food acres from erosion!

5 May 2012 - Countries agree to extend negotiations on Rio+20 outcome document

Representatives from governments negotiating the outcome document for the United Nations Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) today agreed to add five more days of deliberations to bridge differences that have kept them from making further progress in negotiations.

10 May 2012 - Ban urges progress in Rio+20 negotiations, names post-2015 High-level Panel co-chairs

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged countries to make progress in their negotiations of the outcome document for the United Nations Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) next month.
?We are at a crucial stage,? Mr. Ban told the members of the General Assembly in New York this afternoon. ?We have about 40 days ? and 40 nights ? to Rio. We must use every moment.?

31 May 2012 - Brice Lalonde will host a social media video chat with young people

?Make some noise.? This was the request of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he urged young people to help push negotiations in preparation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) taking place in just three weeks in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. To help encourage youth participation, a live Google Hangout with Mr Brice Lalonde, Executive Coordinator of Rio+20, is scheduled for Friday 1st June at 10:30am EST.

5 Jun 2012 - Ahead of summit, Ban urges G20 to focus on promoting sustainable economic growth

As the world?s leading economies prepare to meet later this month in Mexico, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need to find ways to stimulate the global economy and create jobs while ensuring inclusive green growth that drives sustainable development.

6 Jun 2012 - Rio+20 must result in ?concrete? decisions to advance sustainable development ? Ban

With just two weeks until the start of a major United Nations sustainable development conference, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged countries to step up efforts to achieve concrete decisions to reduce poverty while promoting decent jobs, clean energy and more sustainable and fair use of resources.

10 Jun 2012 - Despite agreed environmental goals, world still on unsustainable path – UN

The United Nations environment agency today warned that the world “continues to speed down” an unsustainable path in spite of hundreds of internationally agreed goals to protect the planet, and stressed that drastic actions and big-scale measures are needed to reverse this pattern.

20 Jun 2012 - Rio+20: At downtown gathering, citizens voice concerns at People’s Summit

Thousands of citizens and members of civil society organizations from around the world have been gathering in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to voice their concerns on the issues being discussed at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).
One of the gatherings, running in parallel to the official Rio+20 meeting, is the so-called People’s Summit, which has attracted environmentalists, unions, and indigenous tribes, among other groups, with the aim of making their voices heard.

20 Jun 2012 - Rio+20: UN Conference on Sustainable Development kicks off with call to action

More than 100 Heads of State and government today gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the start of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which seeks to shape new policies to promote global prosperity, reduce poverty and advance social equity and environmental protection.

20 Jun 2012 - Rio+20: countries announce agreement on Conference’s outcome document

Members States today announced that they have reached an agreement on the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

20 Jun 2012 - Rio+20 Feature: Seven Issues, Seven Experts – Cities

World leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other groups will come together from 20-22 June in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to take part in the UN Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20).

21 Jun 2012 - Rio+20: Development banks to invest $175 billion in sustainable transport

The eight largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) announced today at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) that they will invest $175 billion in sustainable transportation systems over the coming decade.

21 Jun 2012 - Rio+20: Ban announces more than 100 commitments on sustainable energy

Speaking at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that more than one hundred commitments and actions have been already mobilized in support of the UN’s global sustainable energy initiative.

21 Jun 2012 - Rio+20: after dialogues, citizens to make recommendations on Rio+20 issues

World leaders will today hear recommendations made by members of civil society during a series of dialogues held at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

21 Jun 2012 - Rio+20: UN agencies say tackling child hunger crucial to achieving ‘the future we want’

United Nations agencies today stressed the need to tackle child hunger and undernutrition in the pursuit of sustainable development, highlighting a joint initiative that offers practical and effective approaches to combat this problem in the most affected countries.

22 Jun 2012 - Rio+20: Secretary-General challenges nations to achieve ‘zero hunger’

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has launched a ‘Zero Hunger Challenge’ which invites all countries to work for a future where every individual has adequate nutrition and where all food systems are resilient.

23 Jun 2012 - Rio+20 in Numbers

Over nine days (13 to 22 June), thousands of events were held in the lead-up to and during Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, throughout Rio de Janeiro, including more than 500 official and side events at the Riocentro Convention Center, where the conference was held. Rio+20 was the biggest UN conference ever held, with broad participation of leaders from Government, business and civil society, as well as UN officials, academics, journalists and the general public. Below are some key figures from Rio+20.

28 Jun 2012 - UN senior officials highlight Rio+20 achievements

United Nations senior officials today highlighted the achievements made during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) held last week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, stressing that they represent a global movement of change in which governments, the private sector and civil society all contribute to achieve global prosperity while protecting the environment.

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