About Rio+20

Key messages

Read our Rio+20 key messages to find out what WAGGGS is demanding at the conference.

What is Rio+20? 

Rio+20 is the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development happening in Brazil from 20 to 22 June 2012. It will bring together world leaders, governments, private bodies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other groups to discuss the sustainable future of the world. At the end of the conference, the negotiators will produce a polticial document to record their conclusions. You can find out more at the Rio+20 website.

Why is it called Rio+20?

The name reflects the fact that 20 years have passed since the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), which also happened in Rio de Janeiro. 

The 1992 event put sustainable development on the international agenda through the Agenda 21 action plan. It also led to agreements on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. 

What will be discussed at Rio+20?

The conference is dedicated to sustainable development, which is defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Within that broad topic, the Conference has two focus themes:

And seven priority areas:

  • Decent jobs
  • Energy 
  • Sustainable cities
  • Food security and sustainable agriculture
  • Water
  • Oceans
  • Disaster readiness