What is "Rio+20"? "Rio+20" is the short name for the United NationsConference on Sustainable Development which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012
At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, alongwith thousands of participants from the privatesector, NGOs and other groups, came together to shapehow we can reduce poverty, advance social equity andensure environmental protection on an ever morecrowded planet.
"Rio+20 has given us a solid platform to build on. And it has given us the tools to build with. The work starts now"
Why is Rio+20 important? The world today has 7 billion people – by 2050, there will be 9 billion. One out of every five people – 1.4 billion – currently lives on $1.25 a day or less. A billion and half people in the world don’t have access to electricity.
Two and a half billion people don’t have a toilet. Almost a billion people go hungry every day. Greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, and more than a third of all known species could go extinct if climate change continues unchecked.
What is Sustainability? Sustainability creates and maintains theconditions under which humans and nature can exist inproductive harmony, that permit fulfilling thesocial, economic and other requirements of present andfuture generations.
What does WWF do? WWFs mission is to stop the degradation of ourplanets natural environment, and build a future inwhich humans live in harmony with nature.In order to achieve this mission, WWF focuses its efforts on two broad areas: Biodiversity Footprint
What does SOS Mata Atlântica do? Was created in 1986 as a non-governmental andnon-profit organization, with the goal of defending whatremains of Mata Atlântica (the Atlantic Forest) in Brazil.Its actions are divided in six areas: public policies;campaigns; documentation, information andcommunication for conservation; environmentaleducation and good citizenship; institutionaldevelopment; and sustainable development, protectionand handling of ecosystems.