One year out from Rio+20 a group of UK NGOs and civil society organisations, including Oxfam, WWF, Christian Aid and Stakeholder Forum, sent a joint letter to the Prime Minister highlighting the urgency of the poverty and resource scarcity challenges and asking him to attend the conference and show leadership and commitment towards a successful Summit in June 2012.
The UK's Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne has today welcomed a new report on green growth from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The organisation’s ‘Towards Green Growth’ report was launched at the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting on 25 May.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), together with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and UN Office of The High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) has produced a joint publication entitled "Why the Green Economy Matters for Least Developed Countries"
The International Council for Science has established a website specifically for their activities around Rio+20. The website details general background information as well as workshops and activities relevant to the Science and Technology Major Group.
A grassroots campaign entitled "Rights of Mother Earth" has been established to create a worldwide, grassroots movement calling forth the universal acceptance of Rights of Nature and aims to be the voice for Mother Earth at the Rio+20.
On May 17th David Sandalow, Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs in the U.S. Department of Energy, addressing the 20th Annual Latin America Energy Conference at the Institute of the Americas, La Jolla, California, referenced Rio+20 in a keynote speech.