Rio+20 is a three day summit taking place this week (June 20-22) in Rio de Janeiro organized by the UN to address critical environmental concerns. More than 130 world leaders will attend the UN Conference on Sustainable Development addressing global environmental, social and economic challenges.
The UN is encouraging voluntary commitments not only from governments around the world but also from any stakeholders and individual organizations interested in helping to advance sustainable development goals. Voluntary commitments should cover one of the following 23 sustainable development areas:
- Gender Equality
- Sustainable Cities
- Poverty Eradication
- Sustainable Transport
- Sustainability Management
- Green Jobs and Social Inclusion
- Natural Disasters and Preparedness
- Sustainable Consumption and Production
- Biodiversity, Forests and other Ecosystems
- Climate Change
- Oceans and Seas
- Sustainable Energy
- Chemicals and Waste
- SD Strategies and Policies
- Technology and Innovation
- SD economics, finance and trade
- Land Degradation and Desertification
- Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture
- Measuring SD progress (through indicators)
- Public awareness and communications on SD
According to the UN guidance all voluntary commitments should be specific, measurable, funded and new (or extension of an existing commitment). These voluntary commitments provide the opportunity for many other parties and organizations to participate in the Rio+20 efforts.
To learn more about Rio+20 voluntary commitments, visit http://www.uncsd2012.org/commit.