Global Human Development Forum in Istanbul

21 Mar 2012

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The Global Human Development Forum which was held in Istanbul on March 22nd and 23rd aimed at ensuring real, deliverable results at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in June.

Ankara - The Rio+20 conference, coming two decades after the first UN Sustainable Development Conference there, is seen as an opportunity for the world community to push the reset button on the stalled global environmental agenda and long-term international efforts to eradicate extreme poverty, hunger and preventable disease.

The Istanbul forum represented the first opportunity to discuss the critical issues that will be on the table in Rio by influential leaders of countries deeply involved in the negotiations as well as many top UN experts and agency heads.

The linked issues of social inequalities and environmental stewardship that were raised by the recent 2011 Human Development Report - “Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All” - was analyzed in depth at the Forum in the context of the new global development agenda being shaped at Rio. 

The forum included the unveiling of a detailed new report by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) on the urgent sustainability challenges facing developed and developing countries alike.

The organization concluded with an Istanbul Decraration on Equity and Sustainability setting out clear goals for the 2012 Rio conference.

Global Human Development Forum was co-hosted by the government of Turkey and the United Nations Development Programme.