About the RIO+ Centre

 UNDP ASSOCIATE ADMINISTRATOR REBECA GRYNSPAN SPEAKS IN RIO DE JANEIRO AT THE LAUNCH OF THE WORLD CENTRE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. (PHOTO: DIEGO AMORIM/RIO+ Centre)

The World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre) was established on June 24th, 2013 as a partnership between UNDP and the Government of Brazil as one of the key outcomes from the Rio+20 Conference.

The Rio+20 Conference brought together world leaders and thousands of representatives from civil society, the private sector and governments resulting in the adoption of the The Future We Want Outcome Document which reaffirmed the inextricable link between social, economic and environmental policies for the achievement of sustainable development and human well-being.      
As a legacy of the Rio+20 Conference, the RIO+ Centre was set up to keep the commitment to sustainable development alive by providing a hub for dialogue and action on alternative development pathways that lead to social justice, environmental protection and economic growth.  As such, RIO+ works with people and institutions to inform policies and practices that lead to concrete improvements in human well-being.    

One of the RIO+ Centre’s core activities will be to continue and build upon the discussions of the Rio Dialogues for Sustainable Development. The Rio Dialogues were a pioneering initiative by UNDP and the Government of Brazil, to provide a direct channel for global civil society to participate in Rio+20. Over 70,000 people contributed to an online process and a 3-day panel event to prioritize recommendations to Member States on sustainable development topics.

RIO+ will develop five priority themes in its initial activities and research. They are:
•    Climate change;
•    Poverty eradication;
•    Sustainable cities;
•    Financing sustainability;
•    Sustainable Development Goals

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