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Rio+20 Sustainable Development Dialogues: expert input sought

Experts are invited to submit recommendations to the online Rio+20 Sustainable Development Dialogue on Forests

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, will be held from 13 to 22 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro. It is known as Rio+20 because it marks the twentieth anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio-92) and should help define the sustainable development agenda for the coming decades.

The Sustainable Development Dialogues, to be held in Riocentro, between June 16 to 19, in the context of the Conference, is an instrument to convene experts and stakeholders from civil society, including private sector, NGOs, scientific community, among other major groups, with a view to defining recommendations that will be taken directly to the Heads of State and Government during the High-Level Segment of Rio+20.

Experts are invited to submit recommendations to the online Rio+20 Sustainable Development Dialogues: A range of themes are covered, including water, forests and oceans. For example, practitioners in the area of forest governance have a unique opportunity to directly contribute to the recommendations and influence the process by sharing your expertise and suggestions for the historic Rio+20 conference.

The Dialogues are now entering the recommendations drafting stage. In relation to forests, three problem-focused discussions have been held on 'Forests and Energy', 'Forests and Food' and 'Forests and Climate', led by expert facilitators, who will consolidate the final recommendations: Prof. Benjamin Cashore, Yale University, USA; Prof. Edson Vidal, University of Sao Paulo/ESALQ, Brazil and Michelle Kovacevic, CIFOR, Indonesia.

These online discussions are serving as a sounding board leading up to the sustainable development dialogue panels that will be hosted by the Brazilian Government, from 16-19 June, in the days leading up to the Rio+20 Conference. The aim of the Dialogues is to bring together NGOs, academia, the public and private sectors, the scientific community and young people to contribute fresh ideas on sustainable development.  Conclusions and recommendations drawn from the dialogues will be conveyed directly to the heads of State and Government gathering in Rio.

The dialogues' coordinators would very much appreciate your suggested recommendations to be submitted to the Rio conference.  The online Dialogues are currently open and accepting inputs in French, Spanish, Portuguese or any other language - please visit: to request an invitation and influence the Rio process.