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What's New?

Rio+20 Outcome Document - The Future We Want - contains a section on disaster risk reduction that sets a firm foundation for discussions on a post-2015 framework to continue guiding nations after the Hyogo Framework expires in 2015. Read more!

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What is Rio+20?

The 1992 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) also known as the "Earth Summit", was an important milestone that brought environment and development issues into the public arena. Agenda 21 and the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development are two important outcomes of the Summit that outlined the key policies for achieving sustainable development.

To mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Earth Summit, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development dubbed as "Rio+20" will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 20-22 June 2012.

Discussions in the Conference will also focus on two themes: (1) A green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and (2) the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development.

Disaster Risk Reduction as an Emerging Issue

Disaster risk reduction has been included as part of the new and emerging issues in Rio+20 after the issue had been raised by UN member states, UN agencies, political groups and major groups. Other emerging issues identified include (i) combating poverty through green jobs and promoting social inclusion, (ii) advancing food security and sustainable agriculture, (iii) sound water management, (iv) energy access including from renewable sources, as well as efficiency and sustainability, (v) sustainable human settlements and (vi) management of oceans.

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UNISDR Contact

Elina Palm, Liaison Officer (palm@un.org)