Participation & Governance

United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20): An Introduction for Youth

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This animation video by the youth-led NGO Rio+twenties introduces children and youth to the world of Rio+20, a sustainable development conference organised by the UN in June 2012. It is a 3-day event that will focus on two themes—the green economy and the institutional framework for sustainable development—and has only one objective—to have governments commit to sustainable development. Find out more here…

Rio+20 is a Sustainable Development conference organised by the UN for governments with some members of Civil Society attending. It is a 3 day event that will focus ontwo themes and has only one objective—to have governments commit to sustainable development.

This means that they are going to look at the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of agreements. This will also include how to tackle new and emerging challenges.

The event will mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (the Earth Summit), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. It is seen as a conference at the highest possible level, including Heads of State and Government or other representatives. We want the Conference to result in a focused political document.

So, how can you(th) make this happen? Put pressure on your government. Get involved! Mobilise your friends and make sure that your government knows that this matters to you.

Rio+twentiesis a youth-led, completely volunteer-based organization. It strives to create a platform for active youth participation in what could become one of the most important international events in years, the UN Conference for Sustainable Development (aka Rio + 20).

Watch the video below, An Introduction to Rio+20 for children and youth.

Rio+20: an introduction for children and youth from Rio+twenties on Vimeo.