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On 19 August, the Ministry of External Relations, in coordination with the Ministry of the Environment, held the Informal Consultations Meeting with the International Civil Society on the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio+20, at Palácio do Itamaraty, in Rio de Janeiro.

The meeting is part of the preparation for Rio+20. It was attended by representatives from several sectors of the international and Brazilian civil society, who addressed ideas and presented proposals on the themes and objectives of the Conference. A presentation of the logistical aspects related to the organization of Rio+20 was also presented.

Rio+20 will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Rio ’92. It will establish a new agenda for sustainable development for the next decades. The main objective of the Conference is to secure renewed political commitment to sustainable development, by means of assessing the progress in the implementation of the results of previous Summits on Sustainable Development (Rio, 1992; Johannesburg, 2002) and addressing new and emerging themes. Rio+20 will also address two themes: “green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication” and “institutional framework for sustainable development”.

The Brazilian proposal to host the United Nations Sustainable Development Conference was approved by the United Nations Member States during the 64th Session of the General Assembly. As the host country and president of the Conference, Brazil will work so that Rio+20 adopts positive and concrete measures in favor of sustainable development.

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