Rio+20 date changed

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In November 2011, the Brazilian government released its initial proposals regarding the themes and objectives of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) to be held in Rio de Janeiro from 20–22 June next year.

The proposals were submitted to the UN as Brazil's contribution to the first draft of the Rio+20 declaration, which will be negotiated by UN member states. The proposals reflect Brazils view that poverty eradication lies at the heart of sustainable development, as well as the countrys commitment to multilateralism. The proposals include:– Development of a Global Socio–Environmental Protection Programme;– A Global Pact for Sustainable Production and Consumption, including sustainable public procurement, energy–efficient consumption labelling, and funding for study and research on sustainable development;– An International Protocol for the Sustainability of the Financial Sector;– New Indicators for Measuring Development;– A Pact for an Inclusive Green Economy;– Creation of an Institutional Coordination Mechanism for Sustainable Development;– Transformation of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) into the UN Sustainable Development Council. And the following are among the 'key outcomes' Brazil hopes Rio+20 will achieve:– Permanent incorporation of poverty eradication as an essential element for achieving sustainable development;– Strengthening of multilateralism, with a clear message on the need to adapt the structure of the United Nations and of other international institutions to the challenge of sustainable development;– Acknowledgement of the ongoing process of redefinition of the world order and of changes in the positioning of countries relative to others, with the ensuing implications for global governance. The Rio+20 conference, taking place 20 years on from the landmark 1992 Rio Conference on Environment and Development, had previously been scheduled for 4–6 June but has been put back so as to avoid clashing with Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, which the leaders of Commonwealth countries are likely to attend. Read the full text of the Brazilian submission to the Rio+20 preparatory process:http://www. uncsd2012. org/rio20/content/documents/BRAZIL%20Submission%20%20English%201. 11. 11doc. pdf

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