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Rio plus 20

The UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro came to an end on 22 June 2012 with commitments to greater environmental protection and poverty eradication. The outcome was described as a step in the right direction. In summing up the conference Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier noted that although not all goals were achieved, all 191 states had "agreed on the concept of green economy".

In a 50-page declaration entitled "The Future We Want" for the first time the international community acknowledged the concept of green economy, an economic model that manages natural resources more efficiently. It was also agreed that universally applicable sustainable development goals should be drawn up by 2014, and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) strengthened and upgraded.

Wortbildmarke, blauroter Schriftzug: RIO+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, daneben kreisförmig angeordnet ein Blatt, ein Mensch, dazwischen eine blaue Treppe


Important decisions on future course at Rio+20

Querschnitt einer aufgeklappten Broschüre.

Outcome Document "The Future We Want"

The document of the Rio+20 conference available in English and in other official UN languages

Peter Altmaier sitzt im Plenum.

Speech by Federal Environment Minister Peter Altmaier

National Statement at the Rio+20 conference

Rio plus 20 Plenarsaal (Foto: Werner Rudhart)" alt="Blick in den Saal mit Fahnen am Ende des Saal und Wand mit Schriftzug und Logo.

Pictures from the conference

Press pictures taken at the conference, at side events and at the German pavilion.

Luftaufnahme von Rio de Janeiro, Zuckerhut mit Jesus

Background: Rio plus 20

Point of departure, most important issues and objectives of the UN conference on sustainable development.

Last update: 22.06.2012