Last updated: 6/13/2012 //

Rio+20 is the United Nations major Conference on Sustainable Development. Some 50 000 people will attend this major event in Rio de Janeiro 20-22 June, 20 years after the historic Rio Conference in 1992. At the conference, world leaders will stake out a course for future development that ensures protection of the environment.

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Norwegian Minister of International Development Heikki Holmås and Norwegian chief negotiator Harald Neple during negotiations in Rio. 
Photo: UD/Svein Bæra.
Last updated: 6/21/2012 //

The delegations from the UN member states have agreed on a draft outcome document for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20.

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Last updated: 6/20/2012 //

With only two days left to the opening of Rio+20, the negotiations on a global agenda for sustainable development reach an intense and sometimes chaotic final stage.

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Photo: Flickr/Daniel Flathagen (CC BY-SA 2.0).
Last updated: 6/13/2012 //

In Norway’s view, renewed political commitment to sustainable development is one of the most important objectives of the Rio+20 Conference. We will work actively to ensure that the conference takes concrete steps towards developing a set of global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as measures to ensure access to sustainable energy for all.

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Last updated: 6/13/2012 //

What is Rio+20? Why is it called Rio+20? What are Norway’s aspirations for Rio+20? Get your answers about the United Nations major Conference on Sustainable Development here.

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Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly, with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström, at the opening of the exhibition 'Saving the Day After Tomorrow: Accelerating sustainable development through disaster risk reduction. 
Photo: Norway UN Mission/Sigrun Agøy Engum.
Last updated: 3/23/2012 //

Around 20 percent of our planet is at risk from at least one natural hazard and more than half the world’s population is exposed. As the Rio + 20 Conference on Sustainable Development is approaching, Norway and the rest of the Group of Friends for Disaster Risk Reduction, launched a photo exhibition to coincide with the opening of the "informal-informal" negotiations leading up to Rio + 20.

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Last updated: 6/13/2012 //

Deputy Permanent Representative, Ambassador Tine Mørch Smith, gave these remarks during the President of the General Assembly’s Informal Thematic Debate on “The Road to Rio+20 and Beyond” 22 May 2012.

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12/17/2011 //

This brief statement to the preparatory committee for the Rio 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development was delivered by Ms. Marianne Loe, senior advisor in the Norwegian Ministry of foreign affairs. She stressed that Norway favours a short, concise, political outcome document and which themes Norway hopes will be emphasised.

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Last updated: 6/22/2012 //

This statement on the vision for a sustainable future was delivered by Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg on June 21st.

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Last updated: 6/21/2012 //

This statement was delivered by Norwegian Minister of International Development Heikki Holmåsat, at the plenary meeting during Rio+20 on June 19.

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The Norwegian delegation at the negotiations. From the left: Idunn Eidheim, Harald Neple and Marianne Loe. 
Photo: Norway UN Mission/Sigrun Agøy Engum.
Last updated: 3/27/2012 //

It is difficult to make 193 states agree. This became clear as the first round of the ’informal-informal’ negotiations on the zero draft of the outcome document to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development Rio + 20 started up last week.

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Speakers and moderator at the side event. From left: Justin Perrettson (Novozymes A/S), Morten Wetland (Norway's Ambassador), Elizabeth Heider (Skanska). 
Photo: Norway UN Mission/Sigrun Agøy Engum.
Last updated: 3/30/2012 //

“Sustainable Energy for All” was the theme of the Nordic side event held Tuesday 27th of March. The side event was arranged during the informal negotiations leading up to the Rio +20 Conference on Sustainable Development. This side event can be seen as a reflection of Norway strong focus on sustainable energy.

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Last updated: 6/19/2012 //

This statement was delivered by Norwegian Minister of International Development Heikki Holmås during the Yotuh Forum in Rio de Janeiro on June 18th.

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Last updated: 6/13/2012 //

This statement to the preparatory committee for the Rio 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development was delivered by Ms. Aud Lise Norheim, Deputy Director General in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the 25th of January 2012. She underlined the importance of heightening the ambitions of the confernce to ensure an innovative and action-oriented outcome.

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Last updated: 6/19/2012 //

This statement was delivered by Norwegian Minister of International Development Heikki Holmås during the Yotuh Forum in Rio de Janeiro on June 18th.

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