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Rio +20 Key News

Here are some key deadlines and dates for the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development:

Rio+20 Conference: 20-22 June

Thematic days: 16-19 June

PrepCom: 13-15 June

March Intersessional

Informal negotiations will occur from March 19-23. Major Groups may only observe at these meetings and will not be allowed to speak from the floor. The intersessional will occur March 26-27. Please check the web site for registration details.

Side Events in March – Deadline February 5, 2012

Side events will only be permitted March 26-27 and the deadline for application is February 5th. Please connect to this link:

Brazil Registration – Deadline May 20

For Brazil in June: Registration will close on 20 May 2012.

Side events – Deadline February 28 Learning Events and March 30 for Side Events

There will be side events:

  • within Rio Centro facilitates by the Secretariat
  • in Flamingo park and other areas facilitated by the Brazilian government
  • The online form for submitting proposals for the SD-Learning events is now open and available at deadline 28 February 2012
  • The online form for submitting proposals for the on-site side events is now open and available at deadline: deadline 30 March 2012

4 thematic days

These are organized and lead by Brazilian government and they have not completed their process yet, however, it seems food security and poverty eradication will be a half day on the agenda. Civil Society participation will be given priority. These will be held at the Arena across from Rio Centro

INFO on accreditation of new groups for Rio+20 – Deadline February 20

Preregistration is open to NGOs and major groups that are currently in consultative status to ECOSOC and to NGOs and major groups that were accredited to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002. NGOs and other Major groups’ organisations that are NOT yet accredited to the United Nations and wish to participate in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20) will be offered a one time opportunity to become accredited to Rio+20. The deadline for new accreditation is 20 February 2012.

Look here to start the accreditation for new groups:

The deadline for new accreditation is 20 February 2012. Once your registration is approved, your organization can preregister representatives until the general deadline of 20 May 2012.

Robynne Anderson

Robynne has extensive experience in the agriculture and food sector, working throughout the value chain – from basic inputs to farmers in the field to the grocery store shelf. She works internationally in the sector, including speaking at the United Nations on agriculture and food issues, and representing the International Agri-Food Network at the UN.Throughout her career she has worked with farm organisations like the Prairie Oat Growers Association, the National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi and the Himalayan Farmers Association, as well as global groups, to further the voice of agriculture in the food debate. She has also worked with Fortune 500 companies growing worldwide businesses to assist them with issues management and strategy decisions.

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