Rio+20 - United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development - will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012. Rio+20 will be an historic opportunity to define pathways to a safer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all. Twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, where countries adopted Agenda 21 - a blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection - the UN is again bringing together governments, international institutions and major groups to agree on a range of smart measures that can reduce poverty while promoting decent jobs, clean energy and a more sustainable and fair use of resources.
Rio+20 is a chance to move away from business-as-usual and to act to end poverty, address environmental destruction and build a bridge to the future.
In 2001 the Nordic Council of Ministers adopted the first regional sustainable development strategy in the world. Since then, a sustainabilty approach has been incorporated into all the activities of the NCM. At Rio+20 NCM will offer a perspective of the Nordic Way towards a green, inclusive economy.
New publikation: Cases on sustainable development from the Nordic countries
From the foreword: "Nordic co-operation on sustainable development is based on a global perspective. Global issues are also local issues, and vice versa. In this brochure, we want to share our Nordic experiences and give examples of our work on sustainable development. Our hope is that the brochure will inspire increased regional collaboration on sustainable development, both in the Nordic region and between other regions all over the world" - Alexander Stubb, Minister for Nordic Co-operation, Finland and Rigmor Aasrud, Minister for Nordic Co-operation, Norway.