100 days to #futurewewant

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (foreground) and Undersecretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang (background) during the launch of Rio+20: The Future We Want. Photo by: Eskinder Debebe/ UN

Have any issues you want to voice out for the much-awaited U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development? Go online.

The 100-day countdown to Rio+20 has started. And expected participants, including global stakeholders and U.N. system partners, have taken to social media to highlight the summit’s important issues and objectives.

Sha Zukang, secretary-general of the conference, said the United Nations hopes to reach a growing number of people about the need to take action “now” to advance sustainable development by engaging with them through social media. He said civil society’s involvement is “critical” for Rio+20’s success.

The event, to take place in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil from June 20-22, comes 20 years after the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, hence Rio+20. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said it will help pave the way for a new social contract for the 21st century and create “the future we want.”

But for the conference to deliver transformational change, the U.N. Environmental Program said it needs all citizens on board — from women and indigenous peoples to farmers, youth, parents, political leaders and “captains of industry.” UNEP said ”it will not happen on its own.”

UNEP said the kind of future people want may vary, but it cannot be a future based on the status quo. It said a lot remains to be done, including cutting greenhouse gas emissions, improving the world’s fisheries and addressing youth unemployment.

For those wanting to share their ideas, visions or aspirations for Rio+20, the U.N. Department of Public Information is all ears. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #futurewewant.

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.