About the National Platform Rio+20

 

The National Platform Rio+20 (NPRio+20) is organized by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science (KNAW) in preparation for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development to be held in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro. It is a network organization with participants from various social organizations, networks and companies in the Netherlands who want to contribute to the transition to a green economy, in the Netherlands and worldwide.


In order to fulfill the role of network the National Platform Rio +20 brings together participants, interested individuals and opinion makers in meetings and through social media. The aim is to formulate recommendations, deliver an inspiring contribution and generate attention in the Dutch society for ideas and activities that could lead to the green economy.


Between June 2011 and June 2012, the National Platform plans to formulate ten recommendations and choose ten best practices or inspirational examples that are important for ‘greening’ the economy and can serve as the Dutch contribution to the UN Conference Rio+20.


The October 26 meeting, designed specifically for scientists, focused on what Dutch science has contributed and still contributes to sustainable development and poverty reduction. Speakers from four top sectors, energy, water, agro & food, and life sciences & health, gave their opinion on the role of Dutch science in the past, present and future. The starting point was Agenda 21, the action plan that was the result of the first Rio conference in 1992. To visit the website of NPRio+20 click here.

 

United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20


The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) will take place in Brazil on 4-6 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 objective of the Conference is 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, and address new and emerging challenges


The Conference will focus on two themes: (a) a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and (b) the institutional framework for sustainable development.


The website of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20 can be found here.

 

Background


The Brundtland Commission
The Brundtland Commission, formally the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED), known by the name of its Chair Gro Harlem Brundtland, was convened by the United Nations in 1983. The commission was created to address growing concern "about the accelerating deterioration of the human environment and natural resources and the consequences of that deterioration for economic and social development." In establishing the commission, the UN General Assembly recognized that environmental problems were global in nature and determined that it was in the common interest of all nations to establish policies for sustainable development.


Gro Harlem Brundtland
Mrs. Gro Harlem Brundtland was three times prime minister of Norway. In 1983, Brundtland was invited by then United Nations Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar to establish and chair the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED), widely referred to as the Brundtland Commission, developing the broad political concept of sustainable development in the course of extensive public hearings that were distinguished by their inclusiveness and published its report Our Common Future in April 1987. The report launched an often quoted definition of sustainaibility: "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.