United Nations Processes

United Nations Task Team on Social Dimensions of Climate Change

United Nations Task Team on Social Dimensions of Climate Change is currently composed of 20 Agencies and programmes, including UNESCO. The Team is concerned with broadening and deepening the understanding of the social transformations associated with climate change. 

In 2011, the Team produced a discussion paper on Social Dimensions of Climate Change. The paper addresses policy practitioners and discusses the benefits of incorporating the social aspects of the change into climate policies.


RIO+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), also referred to as Rio+20, took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 4 to 6 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.

The conference had three main objectives:

  1. to secure renewed political commitment to sustainable development;
  2. to assess progress and gaps in implementation of agreed commitments; and
  3. to address new and emerging challenges.

The two themes of the Conference were:

  • green economy within the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and
  • institutional framework for sustainable development.

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