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18.06.2012 - ODG

Rio +20: A turning point for sustainable development

© UNESCO/ Cheikh N’Diaye - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova with UN Secretary-General and other CEB Executive Heads at Rio +20, 22 June.

From 19 to 22 June, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova took part in the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She participated in a number of side events organized by Governments, the UN system and other International Organizations as well as non-governmental organizations.

“We must not miss the opportunity of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development to set a new agenda for a sustainable 21st century. In Rio, we must see where we stand, cast a cold eye on our successes and failures and draw a new roadmap for the future,” said the Director-General. “The principles we crafted in Agenda 21 at the Earth Summit twenty years ago in Rio remain salient. The context has changed. New challenges have emerged, along with new risks. These include increasing social disparities and inequity, population growth, climate change, the deterioration and pollution of the environment, the unsustainable use of freshwater and depletion of ocean resources, as well as increasing cases of natural and human-made disasters”.  More

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