On 15th May 2010 Stakeholder Forum brought together hundreds of stakeholders at a Conference on Rio+20 held at the New School in New York. The Conference, entitled 'New Foundations for the Future: Looking ahead to Earth Summit 2012' was jointly organized by Stakeholder Forum and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN NGLS).

17th May 2009: At a side event hosted by the Brazilian government during CSD17, Felix Dodds presented his vision for a Rio+20 Earth Summit in 2012, building on many of the multi-stakeholder discussions and dialogues on a possible Summit that Stakeholder Forum has co-ordinated over the past year.

July 2009: Meetings were held throughout July in Washington DC to bring together a range of stakeholders to discuss and share ideas on the possible focus of a Rio+20 Earth Summit in 2012. International NGO Justice and Sustainability held a meeting on 6th July, which was followed by a meeting on 7th July hosted by US-based Natural Resources Defence Council.

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.

13th – 14th November 2008: Stakeholder Forum with support of the Basque Government hosted an informal multi-stakeholder workshop on 13th - 14th November 2008 in San Sebastian to kick-start discussions on the realisation of an Earth Summit in 2012.

22nd- 24th October 2009: Stakeholder Forum facilitated two workshops to discuss the themes and focus of the proposed Rio+20 Earth Summit in 2012. The workshops sought to address the issues that will need to be addressed if

The UN General Assembly agrees to a Summit. The workshops were designed for government participation only, and were made possible with the generous support of the Governments of Switzerland and France, and Skanska.

February 2009: During the Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting for the 17th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development, Stakeholder Forum convened a number of governments from North and South to informally discuss the possibility of an Earth Summit in 2012 and  to focus on the kinds of issues such a Summit could address.