20 June 2012, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm, Room T-4, RioCentro Convention Center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The vision statement from the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability offers an insightful summary of the global state of affairs: “Today our planet and our world are experiencing the best of times and the worst of times… Inequality between the world’s rich and poor is growing, and more than a billion people still live in poverty. In many countries, there are rising waves of protest reflecting universal aspirations for a more prosperous, just and sustainable world.” In this event, world leaders past and present spoke to the urgent need of millions of people worldwide for equitable and sustainable development to get out of poverty and to ensure their security and stability. They also addressed the challenge for every country to transition to sustainable consumption and production patterns that can ensure socially equitable and economically and environmentally viable human development, objectives which should be pursued together.
Background Material-FES Publications:
Reflections on the State of Agreement on Key Issues of Rio+20
A Human Rights Based Approach to Climate Finance
Civil Society Reflection Group Statement on Global Development Perspectives on Rio+20 and Beyond