27 October 2008: In a statement to the Second Committee of the UN Assembly, the Group of 77 (G77) and China expressed their firm support for a Rio+20 Earth Summit in 2012. Highlighting the ‘multidimensional’ threats the world now faces, and stressing that many of the challenges identified in Rio in 1992 ‘still remain or have worsened’, the G77 and China called for the Summit to be hosted by Brazil in 2012 to ‘review and assess progress’.
“Guided by the "Rio Spirit", a Rio-plus-20 Summit should provide the necessary political impetus for the range and level of action required to bridge the implementation gap. In this context, the G-77 and China supports and welcomes the offer of the Government of Brazil to host such a Summit in 2012”.
The group also drew attention to the importance of ‘sustainable patterns of production and consumption, with developed countries taking the lead.’