1st – 2nd October 2009: Together with the European Economic and Social Committee, Stakeholder Forum hosted a two-day multi-stakeholder conference on Earth Summit 2012 in Brussels. It was the first major event to be held in Europe to discuss a possible Rio+20 conference in 2012.

The conference was attended by a range of governmental and non-governmental actors, with presentations from a number of high-profile figures in  the field of sustainable development and environmental governance.

After the event, the Swedish Presidency of the European Union issued a response to the conference in which it welcomed the focus on the Green Economy and Global Environmental Governance of a proposed Earth Summit or high level event in 2012. To read the full response, please follow the links below.

You can download the programme here (French and English)

A biography of the Speakers is available here

All the speakers’ presentations and speeches can be accessed below:

Lars-Göran Engfeldt, Former Ambassador, Sweden -
Overview of the state of implementation of the sustainable development commitments taken in 1992 and 2002

Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director European Environment Agency -
"Environmental security – the other challenge for sustainable development"

Tom Spencer, Vice-Chairman, the Institute for Environmental Security -
"Taking environmental security seriously: can we do so by 2012?"

Luc Bas, The Climate Group -
"The Climate Group: States and regions alliance - contributing to environmental security"

Simon Le Grand, DG Development, European Commission -
"The EU Development Context"

Felix Dodds, Executive Director of the Stakeholder Forum -
"Sustainable Development Governance"

Mike Mathias, Chairman, CONCORD Policy Forum -
Copy of M. Mathias's speech delivered in response to Franz Perrez, Deputy Head of the International Affairs Division, the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment

John Scanlon, Principle Advisor to the Executive Director on Policy and Programme, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) -
"The Green Economy & International Environmental Governance"

John Hontelez, Secretary-General, European Environmental Bureau -
"A European Eco-efficient economy"

Ida Edwertz, Division for International Affairs, Ministry of the Environment, Sweden -
Speech in response to discussions on behalf of the Swedish Presidency of the European Union

Ricardo Neiva Tavares, Ambassadror of Brazil to the European Communities -