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European unions: ’Sustainable development as a crisis response’

Next 12-13 March, the European Trade Union confederation organises a meeting ’Towards Rio+20 Rio+20 Rio+20 was a UN conference of the highest possible level, including the heads of state and government or other high-level representatives. It was coordinated by UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs (DESA). Rio+20 was a follow up of two important events: the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. The conference took place 20 to 22 June 2012 and was accompanied by a number of side events (People’s Summit, Dialogue Days, Trade Union Assembly on Labour and Environment, etc.). One of the outputs of Rio+20 was the Sustainable Development Goals. : A Sustainable New Deal for Europe’.
The meeting will count with the participation of unions from across all Europe as well as with major guests, such as Tarja Halonen, Chair of the UN High Level Panel on Sustainability/former-President of Finland.
Government officials and NGO representatives will also join unions in debates around economic instruments for sustainability, just transition and green and good quality jobs and civil society engagement on sustainable development.
For more information about this conference, contact Dominique
SCHWAN dschwan@etui.org