Quickfix guide to Rio+20 (To go with Earth Summit at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil starts Wednesday)

June 19th, 2012 - 5:36 pm ICT by IANS  

What is Rio+20?
Rio+20 is the short name for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development at Rio de Janeiro June 20-22, twenty years after the landmark 1992 Earth Summit in the same city.

Why do we need Rio+20?

According to the United Nations, if we are to leave our children and grandchildren a livable world, the challenges of widespread poverty and environmental destruction need to be tackled now.

* The world today has seven billion people. By 2050, there will be nine billion.

* One out of every five people - 1.4 billion - currently live on $1.25 a day or less.

* A billion-and-a-half people in the world don’t have access to electricity.

* Two-and-a-half billion people don’t have a toilet.

* Almost a billion people go hungry every day.

* Greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and more than a third of all known species could go extinct if climate change continues unchecked.

Theme

The official discussions will focus on two main themes - how to build a green economy to achieve sustainable development and lift people out of poverty; and how to improve international coordination for sustainable development.

Sustainability

Sustainability calls for a decent standard of living for everyone without compromising on the needs of future generations while protecting the environment.

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