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Rio 20: FG, UNDP to hold two-day stakeholders summit
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By Kayode Aboyeji
March 6, 2012 17:53:56pm GMT      |      Views: 259
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WorldStage Newsonline-- Ahead of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) taking place in June this year, the Federal Ministry of Environment in conjunction with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) country office will on Thursday and Friday this week hold a stakeholders meeting in Abuja.

The multi-stakeholders meeting which will draw participants from Non-Governmental Organisations,experts,government officials and the media among others is part of the National country preparatory processes for the inclusion of diverse views, technical inputs that will be incorporated into the nation's national document.

In a statement, Mr. Muyiwa Odele, Sustainable Development Unit, UNDP Nigeria office said: "The meeting will comprise of themetic plenary sessions,expert discussions and roundtable discussions that will eventually be synthesised into the national document.

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) is being organized in pursuance of General Assembly Resolution 64/236 (A/RES/64/236). The Conference will take place in Brazil on 20-22 June this year to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg.

It is envisaged as a Conference at the highest possible level, including Heads of State and Government or other representatives. The Conference will result in a focused political document.

The three-pronged objective of the conference is to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and, address new and emerging challenges.

The Conference will focus on two themes: a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and the institutional framework for sustainable development.

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