Rio+20, otherwise known as the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, was a summit of world leaders and civil society that took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012.
It came twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, when world leaders committed to promoting a new understanding of development: one that measures progress in terms of social equity and environmental protection, as well as economic growth.
Twenty years on, world leaders and international institutions have failed to deliver on this commitment. For our leaders, Rio+20 was an opportunity to revitalise efforts to put this commitment into practice. For civil society, the summit was a chance to raise the concerns of ordinary people around the world – and especially youth – on the global stage.
As the summit drew to a close, the Elders voiced their dissatisfaction with the Rio+20 declaration – read the statement here.