The Process

Engaging with Earth Summit 2012 means understanding the 'process'. Broadly speaking, 'process' refers to the way the Summit works, the channels for engagement, the key dates and meetings, and the established 'protocols' for engaging effectively.

The Summit will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 20th -22nd June, 2012. There will be three Preparatory Meetings for the Summit, each lasting 2 days.

The first two preparatory meetings for the Summit, PrepCom1 and PrepCom2 have already taken place, from 17th -19th May 2010 and 7th - 8th March 2011 respectively, at the UN Headquarters in New York.

The third and final Preparatory Meeting will take place in Brazil prior to the Summit itself.

  • Zero Draft & GSP Report
  • Rio+20 Dedicated Secretariat
  • Zero Draft Analysis
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Zero Draft

The second Rio+20 Preparatory Committee Meeting invited all member States, relevant  United Nations (UN) system organizations, and relevant stakeholders to provide inputs and  contributions to the Secretariat in writing by 1 November 2011, for inclusion in a compilation  text to be presented by the UN secretariat to member States and other stakeholders for their comments and further guidance. This compilation document served as the basis for the  preparation of a Zero Draft of the outcome document, which was presented for consideration to member States and other stakeholders in January 2012. To download the report, click here.

GSP Report

The 22-member Panel, established by the Secretary-General in August 2010 to formulate a new blueprint for sustainable development and low-carbon prosperity, was co-chaired by Finnish President Tarja Halonen and South African President Jacob Zuma. The Panel's final report, "Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing", contains 56 recommendations to put sustainable development into practice and to mainstream it into economic policy as quickly as possible. To download the report, click here.




Stakeholder Forum has undertaken an analysis of the submissions to the UN.  This analysis identifies the insights to be found in the Zero Draft submission documents by creating a database of 97 key terms relevant to Rio+20 and determine which organisations have expressed interest in these terms.

This analysis has three aims:

1. To aid the UN in developing subsequent drafts of a short, outcome-focused political document which is representative of all views.

2. An information tool to aid all the UN bodies, Member States and other stakeholders to:

  • Identify other organisations which have common interests;

  • Identify potential conflicts; and

  • Form clusters around key themes or partnerships for action at Rio and beyond.

3. Share information to increase the effectiveness of the Rio process through partnership-led working in order to improve the eventual Rio outcomes.

To view the entire analysis, click on the links below: