Rio+20 FR

20 years after the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit, the United Nations is organizing a new United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in June 2012 in the same city.
The Conference, which is also called Rio + 20, is in line with the dynamics defined by the previous Summit Conferences: the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (Stockholm, 1972), the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development called the Earth Summit (Rio de Janeiro 1992), the United Nations Millennium Summit (New York, 2000) and the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg, 2002), which produced the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The prestigious and emblematic character of this new world rendezvous must not obscure the fact that the world in which we live has changed profoundly, taking the 1970s, 80s, 90s or 2000s as a reference. New challenges and issues that are far more complex and interdependent than ever before have emerged. Our modes of development and organization have shown their limitations with notorious weaknesses and flagrant contradictions. And in this context, our collective inability to give concrete answers to the problems raised at the previous Summit Conferences is not the least of these challenges.

ENERGIES 2050 is strongly involved and we are a force of proposal for the preparation of this important event. In order to bring our vision and analysis to the right level, we work with a large number of actors and networks around the world. Pooling knowledge and know-how seems to us to be an indispensable preamble so that the solutions chosen can meet the legitimate expectations of all the parties concerned. It is also through concrete actions to be able to multiply initiatives in order to give them visibility, which is also indispensable.

In this sense, Rio + 20 definitely emerges as a unique opportunity for the international community to consider its modalities of operation and to redefine a common objective for the coming decades. Nothing could be worse than a conclusion in the form of a list of “good intentions”. The Rio + 20 conclusions must be a genuine action plan, and in order to do so, it is necessary to reconsider the very concept of sustainable development.

Rio + 20 will have to set the framework for the next 20 years and propose a timetable as well as measurable and verifiable intermediate steps. This is also why, Rio + 20 must be a success because beyond partisan interests nothing could be worse than doing nothing. Conference of reason will say some, conference of action will say others … In any case such will have to be the outcome of the Conference.

The United Nations Rio + 20 Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) is a priority project for us.

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ENERGIES 2050 actively participates in the work of the Rio + 20 Collective, which currently brings together more than fifty French civil society organizations: NGOs, social movements and trade unions.

The Collective makes regular calls for participation to other organizations wishing to participate in the reflection and mobilization in view of Rio + 20.

As part of the preparatory process for the Conference, the Collective submitted a contribution on 31 October 2011. The various contributions received by the Secretariat of the Conference will be compiled in a compilation to serve as a basis for the preparation of the first draft of the final document of the Conference.

For more information on the Rio + 20 Collective:

See the dedicated website

Access the synthetic contribution:

French version

Version anglaise 

Full working paper (French only)

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