Rio+20 Conference starts on June 20
At the Rio+20 Conference on 20-22 June 2012, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on a more resilient planet.
New Horizons - For The Conference will focus on two themes which are green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and the institutional framework for sustainable development.
During the preparations for Rio+20 seven areas which need priority attention in order to ensure sustainable development were came to the front which are decent jobs, energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, water, oceans and disaster readiness were.
It is expected to these areas will be elaborated during the discussions within the frame of the Conference themes. In parallel with and between the official events, there will be numerous side events, exhibitions, presentations, fairs and announcements by a wide range of partners.
‘Turkey claims the future’
Twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, Rio+20 mobilized the interest of governments and interventions to sustainable development in national and international levels.
Turkey initiated the national preparations to Rio+20 through “Assistance to Turkey for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 (Rio+20) Preparations” project which is executed by the Ministry of Development and facilitated by UNDP.
Turkey also contributes and supports international processes and events towards Rio+20 such as the Secretary General’s High Level on Global Sustainability and the Global Human Development Forum.
Within its preparatory activities, participatory processes were conducted at national and local level to take stock of developments in Turkey on sustainable development particularly in the last decade.
Green growth as a tool for achieving sustainable development under emerging threats to human development such as climate change, economic crises etc. was intensely elaborated through technical studies and macro-economic models apart from participatory dialogue meetings.
Green growth dialogues eased to build up Turkey’s vision and approach to green growth during forthcoming years. The national vision definition on green growth will be made public during Rio+20 Conference.
Moreover, Turkey identified national green growth best practices implemented in last decade not only to reveal them as models for the country but also as for the international community to be shared during Rio+20.
Since sustainable development and green growth is related to and responsibility of all main stakeholders, private sector, government agencies, local authorities, civil society organizations and academia are invited to submit their implementations for the identification process. Among 181 applications, 24 implementations were selected in which 10 of them were from private sector, 6 from government and local authorities, 5 from non-governmental organizations and 3 from academia.
Lessons learned and outputs of this process will be shared with the international community in Rio+20 by side events, and other communication opportunities.