Environmental future begins in Rio


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This week, the world’s biggest players in the environmental field will gather in Rio de Janeiro for what will most likely be one of the most important and influential eco events of our time.

Taking place from June 20 to 22, the Rio+20 Conference will have more than 50,000 participants, from world leaders to NGOs, who will try to address and solve such issues as poverty, environmental protection and how to deal with the world’s surging population. The event is being held as part of a resolution set forth by the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development and will mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg.

During the conference, participants will be asked to focus on two themes: creating a green, sustainable economy with an emphasis on eradicating poverty; and establishing an institutional framework for sustainable development. Within these themes will be seven areas of particular importance, including decent jobs, energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, water, oceans and disaster readiness.

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