This is a very important message for all of you who will be going to Rio.

The accreditation deadline for Rio+20 is Sunday 20 May 2012. All activities held in Rio Centro – the formal space for the negotiations – will require you to be accredited to gain access. This includes side events and the Dialogue Days in between the final prep com and the Rio Summit.

A group of leading international humanitarian, development, social justice, environmental, and
workers’ organisations today warned that next month’s UN Conference on Sustainable
Development (Rio+20) looks set to add almost nothing to global efforts to deliver sustainable
development. The group also warns that too many governments are using or allowing the talks
undermine established human rights and agreed principles such as equity, precaution, and
‘polluter pays.’

A group of leading international humanitarian, development, social justice, environmental, and workers’ organisations today warned that next month’s UN Conference on SustainableDevelopment (Rio+20) looks set to add almost nothing to global efforts to deliver sustainable development. The group also warns that too many governments are using or allowing the talks to undermine established human rights and agreed principles such as equity, precaution, and‘polluter pays.’ Among the demands civil society groups call on governments to: Agree a global framework of rules to strengthen corporate reporting on social and environmental impacts worldwide, consistent with the Rio Principles, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and encompassing the full range of impacts associated with corporate activities.

In order to ensure a unified business voice in Rio and to formally engage with the UN and national governments pre and during Rio+20, the WBCSD has joined forces with the ICC and the UN Global Compact to convene Business Action for Sustainable Development (BASD 2012); a temporary coalition which includes another 10 international sector associations.

You are all volunteers and your action counts!

Everybody is already a volunteer for a sustainable future. Every single person is acting for sustainable development, by helping friends and family, by recycling waste, by teaching the kids how to turn off the tap. Most people are already volunteering without being aware of it. Some people volunteer further, and get involved in development or environmental action for a day, for a week, for a year. Their work, big or small, might sometimes go unnoticed to the world. But their actions count in the communities that have benefited from their hard work.

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ABOUT THIS GUIDE

This guide was jointly initiated by Stakeholder Forum and the Commonwealth Secretariat in response to the perceived ‘knowledge gap’ on the history and dynamics of global governance for sustainable development. A first edition was published in 2011 and this second editionwas updated in February 2012. As the ‘institutional framework for sustainable development’ has been identified as one of the two core themes for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD 2012), it is hoped that this guide will provide necessary background information on global sustainable development governance to allow both governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to familiarise themselves with key issues more comprehensively.

The United Nations System Chief Executives Board (CEB) that brings together the executive heads of the organizations of the UN system under the chairmanship of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, met on 14-15 April to discuss Rio+20 and adopted an important joint declaration Conference that notably supports the adoption of sustainable development goals (SDGs). Following are excerpts: