Intergovernmental Preparatory Meetings
As co-organising partner of the Scientific and Technological Community Major Group, ICSU participates in the intergovernmental preparatory meetings for Rio+20, providing official written input and participating actively in the discussions. ICSU is also organising side events at many of the meetings.
Such meetings take place at the global and regional levels:
- Three global Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee Meetings (PrepComs) will be held in New York over 2011 and 2012, to develop the ideas and themes of the Rio+20 conference and to secure political commitment to the process. A series of global intergovernmental intersessional meetings will be held in between the Preparatory Meetings, also in New York.
- Five Intergovernmental Regional Preparatory Meetings will be held in 2011, hosted by the five regional UN Economic and Social Commissions (ECA, ESCWA, ESCAP, ECE, ECLAC) in their respective regions (Africa, the Arab Region, Asia Pacific, Europe and North America, Latin America and the Caribbean).
The timeline for the Rio+20 intergovernmental preparatory process is as follows:
|17-19 May 2010||PrepCom1||New York, US|
|10-11 Jan 2011
||First intersessional meeting||New York, US|
|7-8 March 2011
||PrepCom2||New York, US|
|7-9 Sept 2011
||, ECLAC||Santiago, Chile|
|10-14 Oct 2011||Africa Intergovernmental Regional Preparatory Meeting||Addis Ababa, Ethiopia|
|16-17 Oct 2011||, ESCWA
|19-20 Oct 2011||Asia Pacific Intergovernmental Regional Preparatory Meeting, ESCAP||Seoul, Republic of Korea
|1-2 Dec 2011
||Europe and N. America Intergovernmental Regional Preparatory Meeting, ECE||Geneva, Switzerland|
|15-16 Dec 2011
||Second intersessional meeting||New York, US|
|25-27 Jan 2012
||Initial discussions on the zero draft of outcome document||New York, US|
|19-23 March 2012||'Informal' negotiations on the zero draft of outcome document||New York, US|
|26-27 March 2012
||Third intersessional meeting||New York, US|
|23 April – 4 May 2012||'Informal' negotiations on the zero draft of outcome document||New York, US|
|13-15 June 2012
||PrepCom3||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|20-22 June 2012||Rio+20 conference||
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
More information on the preparatory process for Rio+20 can be found on the official United Nations Rio+20 website.