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The EESC at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)

A delegation from the EESC, consisting of President Staffan Nilsson and Members Brenda King, Hans-Joachim Wilms and Lutz Ribbe, will be participating in the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, widely known as "Rio+20", taking place in Rio de Janeiro from 19 to 22 June.


They will take with them the list of key messages that came out of one-year-long consultations with European civil society organisations and other partners from around the world, calling on our political leaders to place sustainable development at the centre of global policy making. Participants will be urged to commit to a concrete action plan aimed at:
- promoting an inclusive green economy as part of an overarching sustainable development strategy;

- eradicating poverty and ensuring secure access to enough food, clean water and sustainable energy for all;
- putting emphasis on the social dimension of sustainable development;
- establishing a green economy roadmap, with specific goals, targets and actions and monitoring mechanisms;
- setting up a robust institutional framework for future global sustainable development; and
- improving effective civil society involvement in the transition to sustainable societies.


Staffan Nilsson explains the positions that the EESC will be defending in this video message:


On the sidelines of the UN Conference, the EESC is co-hosting three events in Rio de Janeiro:

- In the morning of the 19th of June, the EESC will be holding a round table discussion with the Brazilian Economic and Social Development Council (CDES), in which the two bodies will adopt common recommendations addressed to the Rio+20 Conference.

- In the afternoon of the 19th of June, the EESC and the Brazilian Economic and Social Development Council (CDES) are jointly organising a civil society dialogue on sustainable development with Economic and Social Councils and similar institutions from the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).

- The main event "Civil society taking global responsibility", taking place on the 21st of June, will be opened by EESC President Staffan Nilsson and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso. It will feature a debate on civil society participation, taking as starting point concrete experiences of participation from the local to the global level.


The activities of the EESC delegation can be followed on the EESC's dedicated Rio+20-platform.