Rio+20 Conference

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20-22 June 2012


Rio+20: Officials reach agreement on Rio+20 outcome document
Rio+20: Officials reach agreement on Rio+20 outcome document. Photo credit: United Nations

20-22 JUNE 2012 | RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, came together to discuss issues of the environment, sustainability, poverty, equity. The relationship of health to sustainable development was recognized in the final Rio+20 outcome document –“The Future We Want” and the United Nations Secretary-General launched the “Zero Hunger Initiative”. PMNCH members are both congratulatory and critical of "The Future We Want": the document recognizes health as key to sustainable development for the first time, but others have raised a critique regarding reproductive health rights. More details in this PMNCHweb special section – Rio+20.

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) was organized in pursuance of General Assembly Resolution 64/236 (A/RES/64/236), and takes place in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012 to 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.

The Conference focused on two themes: (a) a green economy in the context of sustainable development poverty eradication; and (b) the institutional framework for sustainable development. The preparations for Rio+20 have highlighted seven areas which need priority attention; these include decent jobs, energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, water, oceans and disaster readiness.

In this section of the PMNCH website, find documents, news and issues related to women’s and children’s health at the Rio+20 Conference— reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health issues. Link on the right to highlights regarding women's and children's health in the final document, links to the Zero Hunger Initiative, PMNCH member blogs and releases, including WHO's statement following the event and to the Every Woman Every Child Rio+20 Advocacy Toolkit.