INFORMAL THEMATIC DEBATE THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY ON ROAD TO RIO+20 AND BEYOND
The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) is scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro from 20 to 22 June 2012. The GA resolution 64/236 calling for the Conference stipulates that its objective is to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development and in achieving that it should focus on two themes: green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, and the institutional framework for sustainable development (IFSD). Subsequently in the preparatory process for Rio+20, a proposal has emerged for agreeing to sustainable development goals (SDGs) as an outcome of the Conference.
The SDG proposal is one that has garnered wide interest and growing support from Member States, but there are a number of outstanding issues that need to be debated and clarified in the run-up to the Conference in order to facilitate the negotiations. With respect to IFSD, there are a number of proposals under consideration for strengthening that framework, including ones pertaining specifically to the environmental pillar and UNEP and ones encompassing the Commission on Sustainable Development, ECOSOC and the GA.