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United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)

About Rio+20
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) is a high-level event that took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 20 to 22 June 2012. It marked the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED or the original Rio ‘Earth Summit’) and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD or Rio+10) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Rio+20 was convened under the authority of General Assembly Resolution 64/236 (A/RES/64/236). The objectives of the Conference were to:

  • secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development
  • assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development
  • address new and emerging challenges


The two themes of the Conference were: (1) a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and (2) the institutional framework for sustainable development (IFSD).


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UNEP-WCMC and Rio+20

UNEP-WCMC participated in various events at Rio+20 with UNEP, UNDP, business and industry leaders, Convention Secretariats, governments and other stakeholders to help advance understanding of, and promote issues relating to, biodiversity and ecosystem services.

As the biodiversity-assessment arm of UNEP, UNEP-WCMC is well placed to provide technical expertise and to work in partnership with others to support the development and implementation of Rio+20 outcomes on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Areas of interest for UNEP-WCMC in Rio+20 outcomes include:

  • Promoting synergies among multilateral environmental agreements
  • Supporting indicator development for biodiversity and ecosystem services under new Sustainable Development Goals
  • Supporting integration and enhancing understanding of the role of biodiversity and ecosystem services in the green economy
  • Integrating biodiversity and ecosystem services considerations into business decision-making and reporting
  • Facilitating partnerships for sustainable development that support our priorities for biodiversity and ecosystem services.


Some of the other Rio+20 outcomes of interest to UNEP-WCMC include those on:

• Food security and sustainable agriculture
• Forests and climate change
• Desertification and drylands issues
• Marine issues

UNEP-WCMC's Rio+20 ‘Briefing Notes’

Below are four briefing notes on areas of interest for UNEP-WCMC on Rio+20 issues. The briefing notes describe how UNEP-WCMC has helped contribute to the implementation of outcomes on biodiversity and ecosystem services under Agenda 21, the Rio Conventions and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, and how the Centre can contribute to the development and delivery of Rio+20 outcomes.

Download the briefing notes to find out more about how we are engaged in issues relevant to Rio+20:


UNEP-WCMC's involvement in Partnerships for Sustainable Development

UNEP-WCMC supports a range of partnerships for sustainable development that help deliver commitments under Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation relevant to biodiversity and ecosystem services.

UNEP-WCMC is involved in the following partnerships that feature on the Rio+20 Partnerships Registry:
• Proteus Partnership –
• SEED Initiative -

View the full Rio+20 Partnerships Registry at: