‘THE FUTURE WE WANT’
Here are some of the future items wanted by the United Nations Rio+20 pre-conference meetings held this January 2012. These items are listed in the Zero Draft of the Outcome Document. This document was created for the preliminary meetings that are preparing for the Rio+20 Conference to be held in Rio de Janeiro on June 13th, 2012, the follow up conference to the United Nations Agenda 21 Sustainability Development of 1992 in Rio de Janeiro.
As you read ask yourself: What if I disagree? What if I don’t want to? Who will pay for this? How will this be enforced? Does this strengthen powers of the United Nations? Is this creating a path to a World Governing Body? Can I decide to not be included? What are the repercussions if I do not participate? What if I find better ways to Go Green that are not among the ones specified by the United Nations and the Sustainability Community – will they be allowed? What happens to independence, sovereign countries, unique cultures – will these stay intact with all this streamlining for one way to live? Who is deciding these principles and policies? Isn’t this Socialism and Communism – a plan for redistribution of wealth and power of the entire world?
1. We, the heads of State and Government, having met at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from
20-22 June 2012, resolve to work together for a prosperous, secure and sustainable future for
our people and our planet.
2. We reaffirm our determination to free humanity from hunger and want through the
eradication of all forms of poverty and strive for societies which are just, equitable and
inclusive, for economic stability and growth that benefits all
5. We urge bold and decisive action on the objective and themes for the conference. We
renew our commitment to sustainable development and express our determination to pursue
the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. We
further affirm our resolve to strengthen the institutional framework for sustainable
development. Taken together our actions should fill the implementation gaps and achieve
greater integration among the three pillars of sustainable development – the economic, the
social and the environmental
6. We reaffirm that we continue to be guided by the purposes and principles of the
Charter of the United Nations and with full respect for international law and its principles.
7. We reaffirm our commitment to advance progress in implementation of the Rio
Declaration on Environment and Development, Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further
Implementation of Agenda 21, the Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable Development
and the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the
Barbados Programme of Action and the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation. The Rio
Principles shall continue to guide the international community and serve as the basis for
cooperation, coherence and implementation of agreed commitments.
17. We underscore that a fundamental prerequisite for the achievement of sustainable
development is broad public participation in decision-making. Sustainable development
requires major groups – women, children and youth, indigenous peoples, non-governmental
organizations, local authorities, workers and trade unions, business and industry, the scientific
and technological community, and farmers – to play a meaningful role at all levels. It is
important to enable all members of civil society to be actively engaged in sustainable
development by incorporating their specific knowledge and practical know-how into national
and local policy making. In this regard, we also acknowledge the role of national parliaments
in furthering sustainable development.
21. We recognize the importance of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples in the global, regional and national implementation of sustainable development
strategies. We also recognize the need to reflect the views of children and youth as the issues
we are addressing will have a deep impact on the youth of today and the generations that
23. We commit ourselves to reinvigorating the global partnership for sustainable
development. We recognize that States must work together cooperatively and join with all
stakeholders to address the common sustainable development challenges we face.
24. We call for a global policy framework requiring all listed and large private companies
to consider sustainability issues and to integrate sustainability information within the
It should be
based on the Rio principles, in particular the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities, and should be people-centred and inclusive, providing opportunities and
benefits for all citizens and all countries.
29. We are convinced that green economy policies and measures can offer win-win
opportunities to improve the integration of economic development with environmental
sustainability to all countries, regardless of the structure of their economy and their level of
30. We acknowledge, however, that developing countries are facing great challenges in
eradicating poverty and sustaining growth, and a transition to a green economy will require
structural adjustments which may involve additional costs to their economies. In this regard,
the support of the international community is necessary.
31. We note that the transformation to a green economy should be an opportunity to all
countries and a threat to none. We therefore resolve that international efforts to help countries
build a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication
a) create new trade barriers;
b) impose new conditionalities on aid and finance;
c) widen technology gaps or exacerbate technological dependence of developing
countries on developed countries;
d) restrict the policy space for countries to pursue their own paths to sustainable
33. We support the creation of an international knowledge-sharing platform to facilitate
countries’ green economy policy design and implementation, including:
a) a menu of policy options;
b) a toolbox of good practices in applying green economy policies at regional,
national and local levels;
c) a set of indicators to measure progress;
d) a directory of technical services, technology and financing that could assist
34. We request the UN Secretary-General, in consultation with international
organizations, relevant entities of the UN system and others, to establish such a platform.
39. We encourage the United Nations, in cooperation with other relevant international
organizations, to support developing countries at their request in developing green economy
42. We realize that to make significant progress towards building green economies will
require new investments, new skills formation, technology development, transfer and access,
and capacity building in all countries. We acknowledge the particular need to provide support
to developing countries in this regard and agree:
a) To provide new, additional and scaled up sources of financing to developing
b) To launch an international process to promote the role of innovative instruments
of finance for building green economies;
c) To gradually eliminate subsidies that have considerable negative effects on the
environment and are incompatible with sustainable development, complemented
with measures to protect poor and vulnerable groups;
d) To facilitate international collaborative research on green technologies involving
developing countries, ensuring the technologies so developed remain in the public
domain and are accessible to developing countries at affordable prices;
e) To encourage creation of Centres of Excellence as nodal points for green
f) To support developing countries’ scientists and engineers and scientific and
engineering institutions to foster their efforts to develop green local technologies
and use traditional knowledge;
g) To establish a capacity development scheme to provide country-specific advice
and, where appropriate, region and sector-specific advice to all interested
countries and to assist them in accessing available funds.
43. We recognize the importance of measuring global progress. In this regard, we will be
guided by a roadmap that contains the following indicative goals and timeline:
a) 2012~2015: establishment of indicators and measures to evaluate implementation;
establishment of mechanisms for the transfer of technology, sharing of know-how,
and enhancement of capacities;
b) 2015~2030: implementation and periodic assessment of progress;
- 2030: comprehensive assessment of progress.
44. We recognize that strong governance at local, national, regional and global levels is
critical for advancing sustainable development. The strengthening and reform of the
institutional framework should, among other things:
a) Integrate the three pillars of sustainable development and promote the
implementation of Agenda 21 and related outcomes, consistent with the principles
of universality, democracy, transparency, cost-effectiveness and accountability,
keeping in mind the Rio Principles, in particular common but differentiated
b) Provide cohesive, government-driven policy guidance on sustainable development
and identify specific actions in order to fulfil the sustainable development agenda
through the promotion of integrated decision making at all levels.
c) Monitor progress in the implementation of Agenda 21 and relevant outcomes and
agreements, at local, national, regional and global levels.
d) Reinforce coherence among the agencies, funds and programmes of the United
Nations system, including the International Financial and Trade Institutions.
45. We reaffirm the central role of the General Assembly as the highest policy-making
body, and call for it to further integrate sustainable development as a key element of the
overarching framework for United Nations activities.
46. We reaffirm that the Economic and Social Council is a central mechanism for the
coordination of the United Nations system and its specialized agencies and supervision of its
subsidiary bodies, in particular its functional commissions.
47. We also reaffirm that ECOSOC is a central forum for intergovernmental deliberations
on economic and social issues, and provides guidance and coordination to the UN system’s
operational activities for development in the field.
48. We agree to promote the role of ECOSOC in the integration of the three pillars of
sustainable development including by making better use of the coordination segment of
ECOSOC for monitoring implementation of agreements on sustainable development and,
similarly, making use of the ECOSOC operational activities and humanitarian segments to
promote mainstreaming of sustainable development into programmes of UN agencies and
50. We reaffirm the need to strengthen international environmental governance within the
context of the institutional framework for sustainable development, in order to promote a
balanced integration of the economic, social and environmental pillars of sustainable
53. We call for the scientific basis for decision making to be strengthened across the UN
system and recognise that the interface between science and policy-making should be
54. We recognize that sustainable development must be given due consideration by the
International Financial Institutions, especially the World Bank and the International
Monetary Fund, the regional development banks, UNCTAD and the World Trade
Organization in regulating global trade. In that regard, we request the international financial
institutions to review their programmatic strategies to ensure the provision of better support
to developing countries for the implementation of sustainable development.
56. We emphasise the need to strengthen operational activities for sustainable
development, especially the delivery of the UN system in the field.
57. We agree to further consider the establishment of an Ombudsperson, or High
Commissioner for Future Generations, to promote sustainable development.
60. We call for the strengthening of existing regional and sub-regional mechanisms,
including the regional commissions, in promoting sustainable development through capacity
building, exchange of information and experiences and providing expertise.
61. We underline the need for more coherent and integrated planning and decisionmaking
at the national level. We therefore call on countries to establish and strengthen, as
appropriate, national sustainable development councils to enable them to coordinate,
consolidate and ensure the mainstreaming of cross-cutting issues in the highest decisionmaking
bodies, with the integration and full participation of all stakeholders.
62. We recognise the need to integrate sustainable urban development policy as a key
component of a national sustainable development policy and, in this regard, to empower local
authorities to work more closely with national governments. We recognize that partnerships
among cities have emerged as a leading force for action on sustainable development. We
commit to support international cooperation among local authorities, including through
assistance from international organizations.
65. We call for more transparent and open trading systems and, where appropriate,
practices that contribute to the stability of food prices and domestic markets; ensure access to
land, water and other resources; and support social protection programmes.
66. We further support initiatives at all levels that improve access to information, enhance
interactions among farmers and experts through education and extension services, and
increase the use of appropriate technologies for sustainable agriculture.
70. We propose to build on the Sustainable Energy for All initiative launched by the
Secretary-General, with the goals of providing universal access to a basic minimum level of
modern energy services for both consumption and production uses by 2030; improving
energy efficiency at all levels with a view to doubling the rate of improvement by 2030; and
doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030 through promoting
the development and use of renewable energy sources and technologies in all countries. We
call for provision of adequate financial resources, of sufficient quality and delivered in a
timely manner, to developing countries for providing efficient and wider use of energy
77. We stress the need to provide social protection to all members of society, including
those who are not employed in the formal economy. In this regard, we strongly encourage
national and local initiatives aimed at providing a social protection floor for all citizens.
79. We endorse the Regular Process for the Global Marine Assessment as a credible,
robust process, and support the completion of its first global integrated assessment of the
state of the marine environment by 2014. We call for consideration of assessment findings in
formulation of national, regional and global oceans policy.
80. We note the establishment by the UN General Assembly of an Ad Hoc Open-ended
Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of
marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction, and we agree to initiate, as
soon as possible, the negotiation of an implementing agreement to UNCLOS that would
address the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national
84. We urge countries to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing by
adopting and implementing effective tools, in accordance with international law. We note the
agreement on port state measures to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and
unregulated fishing approved by FAO in 2009 and urge States that have not yet acceded to
the agreement to do so.
86. We call for increased efforts to assist SIDS in implementing the BPOA and MSI and
achieving sustainable development, including improvement and strengthening of the relevant
entities within the United Nations system that support SIDS’ sustainable development. We
also call for the convening of the third international conference for the sustainable
development of Small Island Developing States in 2014.
89. We encourage international initiatives and partnerships to address the
interrelationship among water, energy, food and climate change in order to achieve synergies
as well as to minimize conflicts among policy objectives, being particularly sensitive to
impacts on vulnerable populations.
90. We support policy frameworks and market instruments that effectively slow, halt and
reverse deforestation and forest degradation and promote the sustainable use and
management of forests, as well as their conservation and restoration. We call for the urgent
implementation of the “Non-Legally Binding Instrument on all Types of Forests (NLBI)”.
99. We call upon universities to become models of best practice and transformation by
setting an example of sustainability of facilities on their campuses and teaching sustainable
development as a module across all disciplines. In this way sustainable practices will become
embedded in learning and action.
104. We support the work of UN Women in achieving gender equality and the
empowerment of women in all aspects of life and bringing greater attention to the linkages
between gender equality and the promotion of sustainable development.
105. We recognize that goals, targets and milestones are essential for measuring and
accelerating progress towards sustainable development and agree to launch an inclusive
process to devise by 2015:
a) a set of global Sustainable Development Goals that reflect an integrated and
balanced treatment of the three dimensions of sustainable development, are
consistent with the principles of Agenda 21, and are universal and applicable
to all countries but allowing for differentiated approaches among countries;
b) a mechanism for periodic follow-up and reporting on progress made toward
108. We consider that the Sustainable Development Goals should complement and
strengthen the MDGs in the development agenda for the post-2015 period, with a view to
establishing a set of goals in 2015 which are part of the post-2015 UN Development Agenda.
111. We also recognize the limitations of GDP as a measure of well-being. We agree to
further develop and strengthen indicators complementing GDP that integrate economic,
social and environmental dimensions in a balanced manner. We request the Secretary-
General to establish a process in consultation with the UN system and other relevant
112. We call for the fulfilment of all official development assistance commitments,
including the commitments by many developed countries to achieve the target of 0.7 per cent
of gross national product for official development assistance to developing countries by 2015,
as well as a target of 0.15 to 0.20 per cent of gross national product for official development
assistance to least developed countries. To reach their agreed timetables, donor countries
should take all necessary and appropriate measures to raise the rate of aid disbursements to
meet their existing commitments. We urge those developed countries that have not yet done
so to make additional concrete efforts towards the target of 0.7 per cent of gross national
product for official development assistance to developing countries, including the specific
target of 0.15 to 0.20 per cent of gross national product for official development assistance to
least developed countries in line with the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least
Developed Countries for the decade 2011-2020 in accordance with their commitments.
116. We reaffirm the key role of the private sector in promoting sustainable development
including through multi-stakeholder partnerships. Public policy should create a stable
investment climate and regulatory framework conducive to long-term investment and socially
and environmentally responsible behaviour by business and industry.
120. We agree to strengthen international cooperation conducive to investment and
technology transfer, development and diffusion.
122. We call for the immediate implementation of the Bali Strategic Plan for Technology
Support and Capacity Building.
126. We support the eventual phase out of market distorting and environmentally harmful
subsidies that impede the transition to sustainable development, including those on fossil
fuels, agriculture and fisheries, with safeguards to protect vulnerable groups.
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