The Road to Rio™: Preparing for the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

Earth Day Network works with partners on the U.S. and international stage, engaging in global policy initiatives to enhance environmental awareness and accelerate the green economy.

In May 2012, Brazil will play host to what many expect to be the most decisive international conference of our time, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (informally known as Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro.  Held every ten years, this conference aims to further commit governments to pursue sustainable development.  Rio+20 will build on previous conferences on sustainable development that addressed major environmental and development challenges and led to key international environmental agreements, including the Stockholm Declaration (1972), Agenda 21 (1992), the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development (1992) and the Johannesburg Plan Of Implementation (2002).

Rio+20 will mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, which set the stage for serious sustainable development actions by the international community.  It seeks to renew political commitment to sustainable development, to assess progress towards internationally agreed-upon sustainable development goals; and to address new and emerging challenges.  The two themes of the conference include the green economy and the development of an institutional framework for sustainable development.  Further information about these goals and objectives can be located in the U.N. Resolution A/RES/64/236.

Earth Day Network’s Role
As the world makes its way down the road towards Rio+20, Earth Day Network (EDN) is mobilizing stakeholders to participate in this critically important dialogue.  We are committed to advancing the most important voices and perspectives in civil society, especially women, youth and children, and local authorities.  Our specific objectives include a series of regional consultative sessions through our Women and the Green Economy (WAGE™) campaign.  From these WAGE sessions, EDN will aggregate the perspectives of key leaders about the challenges to women’s leadership in building a sustainable economy and present their suggestions to policymakers at Rio+20.  Finally, EDN is working with partners to create a convening space at Rio+20 specifically for women leaders.  Together, we are building momentum within civil society to have a tremendous impact on policy in 2012.

We encourage individuals, organizations, businesses and governments to get involved now, making Earth Day a catalyst for significant change in 2012!!