Rio+20 Conference took place in Brazil from 20 to 22 June, 2012. The world leaders, representatives of governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups discussed the challenges that the world is facing specifically on poverty reduction, advancing social equity and ensuring environmental protection to get to the future we want in our planet. Rio+20 concentrated on seven priority areas such as: jobs, energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, water, oceans and disaster readiness.
The focus of the meeting was: (a) a green economy in the context of sustainable development poverty eradication; and (b) the institutional framework for sustainable development.
Rio+20 took place after 20 years from the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, where the countries adopted Agenda 21, in order adopt smart measures for sustainable development. Sustainable development is about meeting the needs of present without compromising the possibilities for future generation; it consists of three pillars: economic, social and environmental protection.
IIAS holds a consultative status in ECOSOC and therefore accredited and registered to participate in Rio+20. IIAS tried to have an active part in Rio+20 by participating in all virtual events, and making contributions for the matters related to sustainable development and public administration.