ICSU's Role in Rio+20
The Rio+20 conference will take place 20-22 June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A series of global Intergovernmental Preparatory Meetings will also be held in the run up to the conference over 2011 and 2012. In addition, five Intergovernmental Regional Preparatory Meetings will be held in 2011.
ICSU is co-organising partner for the ‘Scientific and Technological Community’ Major Group, together with the World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO). This is one of nine 'Major Groups’ (non-governmental stakeholder groups) which will participate alongside governments in the Rio+20 conference, and in all stages of the preparatory process for the conference. These Major Groups are identified in Agenda 21 (Rio 1992), and consist of the following: women; youth and children; indigenous peoples; non-governmental organizations; local authorities; workers and trade unions; business and industry; farmers; and the scientific and technological community.
ICSU therefore has a key role to play in Rio+20, as it is jointly responsible for representing the knowledge, needs and concerns of the scientific and technological community. This includes the full range of scientific disciplines, including the natural, social, health and engineering sciences, and the humanities.
More information on Rio+20 can be found on the official United Nations Rio+20 website.