At the end of June, thousands of people from the world over gathered together in Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development People representing governments, the private sector, NGOs and local communities met at this historic occasion that marked the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro. It was also the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg.
“Be Bold”: A video from Rio+20
The second video is now available about the spiritual leaders: “Be Bold”, Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW) invited spiritual leaders from all over the world to Rio in June 2012 as part of the Rio + 20 conference on the global environment. "Tapping inner Resources for the Transformation of the Global Economy" was the theme. It contains 3 full speeches by
- Richard Cizic (Christian from the US),
- Sraddhalu Ranade, Sri Aurobindo scolar and scientist, India and
- David Courchene, Ashinabe Nation, Canada. Excerpts from
- Ven. Mae Chee Sansanee, Thailand and
- Sister Jayanti, Brahma Kumaris, UK.
Film and editing Hildur Jackson, DK
BK Youth Activities in Rio+20
During the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, the official Rio+20, BK Youth got involved in a few actions as part of the UN Major Group for Children and Youth (MGCY). The conference took place at the Rio Centro, in Rio de Janeiro, from June 13th till 22th. Represented by Juan (Montreal, Canada) and Kamila (Belo Horizonte, Brazil), BK Youth also collaborated with the objectives task group, which is a branch of the MGCY.
Rio+20: Report 22nd June
Today is the final day of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20, and so it also marks the last day of our reports to you. This was an historical event 20 years after the initial gathering in Rio, 1992. The process has been lengthy, with the governments and major groups doing their best to reach an agreement on bringing the changes required to realise a sustainable planet for future generations. There has been a groundswell of feeling here, that for any real change to eventuate, each one has to bring the change in her or his own life as a starting point of any real and sustainable change in the world.
Report 21st June
The Future Women Want – Leaders Summit for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment for Sustainable Development
A powerful panel of Woman Leaders is sitting in front of me. The Women Prime Ministers of Denmark, of Australia, and Jamaica, the Presidents of Brazil, Costa Rica, Finland and Lithuania are sitting on the stage, the former prime ministers of Finland, Ireland and Norway are sitting in the first row. They are all women. The President of Jamaica H.E. Ms Portia Simpson Miller is now speaking addressing her prime ministers and former prime ministers colleagues as her sisters in spirit. She speaks with inspiration on how to empower women and girls the world over.