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Background[ edit ] Inthe first conference of its kind, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development UNCEDcommonly referred to as the Rio Conference or Earth Summit, succeeded in raising public awareness of the need to integrate environment and development.
The conference drew heads of state to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to address what were dubbed urgent problems of environmental protection and socio-economic development.
It also created new international institutions, among them the Commission on Sustainable Development, tasked with the follow-up to the Rio Conference and led to the reform of the Global Environment Facility.
There, the need to enhance the integration of sustainable development in the activities of all relevant United Nations agencies, programs and funds was highlighted. The discussion also encompassed the role of institutions in stepping up efforts to bridge the gap between the international financial institutions and the multilateral development banks and the rest of the UN system.
Picture shows effigy of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff with a chainsaw and embracing a replica of the Statue of Liberty. Demonstration against the President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during the conference. The conference had three objectives: Securing renewed political commitment for sustainable development Assessing the progress and implementation gaps in meeting previous commitments.
Addressing new and emerging challenges.
Conference themes[ edit ] The official discussions had two main themes: How to build a green economy to achieve sustainable development and lift people out of poverty, including support for developing countries that will allow them to find a green path for development.
How to improve international coordination for sustainable development by building an institutional framework. That document was considered revolutionary in that it essentially created the term sustainable development and created the global environmental agenda for the next 20 years.
The representatives of participating governments gathered in Rio to discuss what was then the draft text of the outcome document.
The British online newspaper, The Guardian reported that, "Downtown Rio de Janeiro was partly shut-down as an estimated 50, protesters, some of whom were naked, took to the streets.
Their collective absence was seen as a reflection of their administrations' failure to prioritize sustainability issues.
Calendar of meetings[ edit ] 1st Preparatory Committee[ edit ] Held from 16—18 Mayimmediately after the conclusion of the eighteenth session and the first meeting of the nineteenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development.
The Intersessional — not a negotiation session — featured panel discussions, from academia, non-governmental organizations as well as Delegates and UN system representatives.Bloomberg Businessweek helps global leaders stay ahead with insights and in-depth analysis on the people, companies, events, and trends shaping today's complex, global economy.
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