Rio+20 Earth Summit, Brazil

  • The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) is being organized in pursuance of General Assembly Resolution 64/236 (A/RES/64/236). The Conference will take place in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. It is envisaged as a Conference at the highest possible level, including Heads of State and Government or other representatives. The Conference will result in a focused political document.

    A number of documents and studies are being produced by various stakeholders in preparation for UNCSD and they are available on the UN Website:  Documents section>>

  • Calendar & Files

    Rio+20 Calendar & Files

    The GCCA shared calendar with key Partner and stakeholder events, campaign opportunities, and a list of shared files for GCCA members and allies.

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