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GLOBAL: New IRIN publication to mark Rio+20



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RIO DE JANEIRO, 13 June 2012 (IRIN) - Ahead of the UN Conference on
Sustainable Development (UNCSD), popularly known as the Rio+20
Conference , IRIN has
released a new publication "Living with Climate Change", that contains
a series of articles compiled into a booklet.

The UNCSD that is taking place in Brazil in June has been organized to
mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and
Development in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002
World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa.

At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, other government
representatives, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come
together to discuss the world can reduce poverty, advance social equity
and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet.
More than 50,000 people are participating, including more than 100
heads of state.

"Rio+20 is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make real progress
towards the sustainable economy of the future," Secretary General Ban
Ki-moon told a news conference in New York, ahead of the conference.

Earlier this year, the UN released a report "Resilient People,
Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing" to highlight how sustainable
development could be incorporated into mainstream economic policy. The
report was informed by the urgent need to achieve greater integration
among the three pillars of sustainable development - the economic, the
social and the environmental.

It is in this context that IRIN compiled a series of articles examining
the current debates and policies in practice, and how communities and
their governments are working with specialists to integrate the concept
of sustainable development into their national programmes on a
day-to-day basis. It also focuses on how integrating this concept makes
communities and governments more resilient and helps to wean them off
aid and external support.

The publication
is
available to participants at Rio+20, and also on the IRIN website.


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