The first Earth summit in 20 years is formally called The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. After Stockholm in 1972 and Rio in 1992, it is the third and biggest in a series of landmark global gatherings that aims to find a balance between economic growth and environmental protection.
The high-level summit will be held from 20 to 22 June at the Riocentro Convention Centre in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before then, there will be a meeting of the preparatory committe from 13 to 15 June, and a “People’s Summit” of NGOs and other representatives of grassroots opinion from 15 to 23 June.
Representatives from more than 190 countries, including 130 leaders, will participate in the formal session. In addition, it is estimated that 50,000 participants from civil society and business groups will take part in side events and the People’s summit.
The ICA’s Policy Director, Betsy Dribben will be using this space to blog from Rio. Dribben@ica.coop