Road to Rio+20 continues to heat up

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during the third round of informal negotiations on the Rio+20 draft outcome document. Photo by: Mark Garten / UN

    Negotiations on the outcome document of Rio+20 are on their final stretch.

    Rio+20, formally called the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development, is just three weeks away but the contents of its outcome document are not yet finalized as negotiations have stalled over issues such as the concept of green economy.

    A last round of talks to hash out remaining issues in the document kicked off May 29 in New York and will run through June 2. At the opening of the negotiations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the urgency of reaching an agreement.

    “Time is running out,” Ban said. “You still have much work to do — perhaps too much work — but you must persevere. The stakes are very, very high, for the people and for the planet, peace and prosperity.”

    Ban and host country Brazil have recently identified what they hope to see in the outcome document, which has been the subject of discussions — including on Devex — in the lead up to the conference.

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    • Ivy Mungcal

      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.