11th November 2008: The Brazilian government has released a Concept Paper outlining the kinds of issues to be addressed by a possible Rio+2O Earth Summit in 2012. The paper emphasises the need to promote discussion on the implementation of the Rio Principles outlined in the Rio Declaration from the UN Conference on Environment and Development in 1992.

Among other recommendations, the paper calls for the Summit to further debate international environmental governance and discuss how to improve ‘cooperation and coordination between international institutions and MEAs’.  The paper also emphasises the importance of reviewing and monitoring the implementation of Agenda 21, the ‘blueprint for sustainable development in the 21st century’ which was agreed at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992.

The paper highlights the need for any Summit to address sustainable development as a holistic process, taking into account economic and social development in addition to focussing on the environmental component. In this context the paper calls for the consideration of the Millennium Development Goals and financing for development.

To read the full Concept Paper, click here.