What is happening and where in Rio?

The People’s Summit, 15-23 June

Not everything is about the Summit!

As many as 2,200 events are planned for the People’s Summit – the dynamic seminar/debate part running in parallel to the negotiations – run by Civil Society. During the Earth Summit 20 years ago the outcome of the People’s Summit played a major role for the meeting overall.

The People’s Summit takes place at the Copacabana beach, centrally located in Rio de Janeiro. One "official" ITUC event during the People’s Summit is on June 19, and it’s a seminar about the Financial Transactions Tax (also called Robin Hood tax) and it’s a joint seminar being co-organised with other organisations and Global Unions.

The Rio Dialogues, 16-19 June

These are four days, hosted by the Brazilian government which will discuss 10 themes (below) and identify two or three key proposals for each theme to be conveyed directly to the heads of State. These dialogues have already commenced online. The number of seats allocated per group is limited, but as trade unions we have an average of 80 passes for each session. We will distribute them in the trade union daily meeting prior to the session. Sharan Burrow is moderating the dialogue on Unemployment, decent work and migrations on 16 June, 11-1.30 PM @Rio Centro.

themes:
- Food and nutririon security
- Sustainable development for fighting poverty
- Sustainable development as an answer to the economic and financial crisis
- The economics of sustainable development, including sustainable patterns of production and consumption
- Sustainable cities and innovation
- Unemployment, decent work and migrations
- Energy
- Water
- Oceans
- Forests

PREP-COM, 13-15 June

United Nations Preparatory Committee to the 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. Conference

This will be the last negotiation before the Summit. It will define the final content of the 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. Declaration. There will also be side events. Ensure you book a meeting with your country’s negotiator during this period. Please also ask for a meeting with your head of delegation during the Summit (20-22). Place: Rio Centro.

Daily Trade Union Meeting

14-22 JUNE, 12 o’clock in Major Group Pavilion, Room T1 (Big Room).

Briefings on developments and updates. Trade unions will also have a small exhibition space, where we will be showcasing union experiences on sustainable development and displaying your unions’ posters.

UN Sustainable Development Conference -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. Summit- (20-22)

150 heads of State and governments are expected to join the Summit. Trade unions will have access to the premises. The only possible interaction will be through meetings with your governments and participation in the 4 High Level Round Tables, where trade unions, as part of the Major Groups system, will be given three seats in each one of them. Members of the trade union delegation willing to participate in these round tables should send us an email. Please be aware that the selection process will prioritise elected leadership, and take into account regional and gender balance. Place: Rio Centro.