WFUNA Participates in Rio+20

The World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) is a global nonprofit organization representing and coordinating a membership of over 100 national United Nations Associations.
UNA-China and UNA-Australia during the WFUNA UNA Meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Braz
UNA-China and UNA-Australia during the WFUNA UNA Meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (WFUNA 2012)
Monday, June 25, 2012

WFUNA Participates in Rio+20: WFUNA Secretary General and staff traveled to Rio de Janeiro this week to attend the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Check out what the WFUNA team was up to!


Rio+20 Prep

WFUNA staff prepped for Rio+20 for quite a while! In addition to our #getrio Sustainable Development Webinar Series, we created an Expert Series, in which we asked experts in the field of sustainable development to give us their ideas on the top issues to watch at Rio+20. Torleif Jonasson from UNA-Denmark, Oliver Greenfield of Green Economy Coalition, and Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Senior Policy Adviser at Stakeholder Forum each provided us with their top ten issues to watch at Rio+20. 


Upon arrival in Rio, WFUNA Secretary General and staff headed to the Global Compact Corporate Sustainability Forum. With over 2,000 participants and 100+ theme-based sessions, the Forum’s objective was to bring greater scale and quality to corporate sustainability practices. Throughout the four-day conference, the WFUNA team attended inspiring sessions that emphasized how companies, governments, and civil society can achieve truly sustainable development through building climate resilience and addressing the implications of poverty, corruption and inequality reign, and human rights. These sessions identified developing creative partnerships as an innovative solution that can bring opportunities to the bottom of the pyramid to enhance human capabilities and freedoms.
In collaboration with UNA-Brazil, WFUNA also held a knowledge-sharing breakfast with all the UNA representatives attending Rio+20. The breakfast was quite a success as UNAs and WFUNA enjoyed learning about each others' ongoing sustainable development-focused projects and programs.  
Throughout the week, the WFUNA team also attended a variety of Rio+20 Side Events. Our UNA’s hosted several Side Events, with a wide range of topics from "Entrepreneurship Forum on Green Business Opportunities" hosted by UNA-China, to "Water and food security: How to reduce vulnerabilities and empower marginalized groups?", hosted by UNA-Finland. WFUNA was proud to see such active engagement in Rio+20 from its UNAs. 

Outcomes of Rio+20

The outcome document of the Rio+20 High Level Segment was less ambitious than many had hoped for, though the event itself was successful in bringing together the key players involved in achieving sustainable development. The document did, however, reinforce the importance of civil society in fulfilling the increasingly necessary role of implementing programs that facilitate sustainable development across the globe. WFUNA will continue to contribute to the process of achieving global sustainable development through its programs and projects.
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Edit: This story has been corrected to note the generous participation of UNA-Brazil in co-hosting the knowledge-sharing breakfast for all UNAs. WFUNA apologizes for this error. 

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