29 May 2012 – Countries today began the last round of negotiations on an outcome document before they meet in Brazil next month at the United Nations Sustainable Development Conference , which seeks to shape new policies to promote prosperity, reduce poverty and advance social equity and environmental protection. “Time is running out,”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told participants at the Rio+20 informal consultations on the outcome document. “You still have much work to do – perhaps too much work – but you must persevere. The stakes are very, very high, for the people and for the planet, peace and prosperity.”