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Reporting From Rio
Special> United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development > Reporting From Rio
UPDATED: June 25, 2012 NO. 26 JUNE 28, 2012
The Needs of the Present
To achieve "the future we want," developed and developing nations must embrace common but differentiated responsibilities
By Zhou Jianxiong

Rio+20 Objectives,Themes

The objectives of Rio+20 are to secure renewed political commitment to sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and address new and emerging challenges.

The conference focused on two themes: a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and creating the institutional framework for sustainable development.

The preparations for Rio+20 highlighted seven areas that need priority attention: decent jobs, energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, water, oceans and disaster readiness.

Sustainable Development

Sustainable development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Seen as the guiding principle for long-term global development, sustainable development consists of three pillars: economic development, social development and environmental protection.


1972: The UN Conference on the Human Environment held in Stockholm brought the industrialized and developing nations together to delineate the rights of the human family to a healthy and productive environment.

1980: The International Union for the Conservation of Natural Resources published the World Conservation Strategy (WCS), which provided a precursor to the concept of sustainable development.

1983: The World Commission on Environment and Development was created. The commission was asked to formulate a global agenda for change. In 1987, in its report Our Common Future, it advanced the understanding of global interdependence and the relationship between economics and the environment previously introduced by the WCS.

June 1992: The first UN Conference on Environment and Development was held in Rio de Janeiro and adopted an agenda for environment and development in the 21st century. Agenda 21, a program of action for sustainable development, contains the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, which recognizes each nation's right to pursue social and economic progress and assigned to states the responsibility of adopting a model of sustainable development.

2002: Ten years after the Rio Declaration, a follow-up conference, the World Summit on Sustainable Development was convened in Johannesburg to renew the global commitment to sustainable development.

(Source: www.uncsd2012.org)

Email us at: zhoujianxiong@bjreview.com

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