14th November 2009: The governments of Brazil and France released a joint statement today outlining a common position on climate change, within which they also called for the establishment of an international organization devoted to environment and sustainable development at the Earth Summit 2012 conference.

24th December 2009: The UN General Assembly has passed a resolution with unanimous approval to hold a conference on sustainable development in 2012 at the ‘highest level possible’. The resolution builds on the previous resolution tabled by the Chair of G77 to the 63rd session of the General Assembly in 2008, and has been enhanced significantly through consultation, debates and submissions since the idea for a Rio+2O Summit in 2012 was first proposed by President Lula da Silva of Brazil in 2007.

Representatives of civil society organsiations across the Commonwealth have emphasised their support for a Rio+20 Earth Summit in 2012. At the Commonwealth Civil Society Forum, held ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Port of Spain, civil society groups issued a statement endorsing the Summit, which included a call for ‘the Green Economy to be the major focus of a Rio+20 Earth Summit in 2012'.