How the UN and the world community take action

Exploring key outcomes of Rio+20 and the way forward, the first in a series of ‘Sustainable Development in Action’ Google+ Hangouts, an online video conference, was hosted by DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development on 12 February 2013 on the UN Google+ account

The 45-minutes live UN ‘Hangout Session’ was recorded and afterwards posted on YouTube.

The Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012 was the biggest UN conference ever — with more than 50,000 people from around the globe meeting to discuss how things can be done differently, and to launch around 1,700 different new initiatives and commitments with a focus on decarbonizing the economy, and messages of inclusion and engagement.

Information about the Rio +20 conference:

• Official outcome document adopted at Rio +20: The Future We Want

• June 2012 press release about the outcome of the conference.

The message below was distributed and posted on this page before the ‘hangout’:

“Join us for a Google+ Hangout on February 12 to find out more about how the UN and the world community are taking action to realize the promises made at Rio last year,” says Nikhil Seth, Director of United Nations DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development.

Published by United Nations DESA on 7 February 2013

To join hangout on 12 February 2013 at 12 pm EST, go to:

Twitter: Send questions to @SustDev using #SDinAction

“With the Rio+20 Conference in June last year, a new phase took off leading the way to a sustainable future.

Over 1,300 voluntary commitments were made and 637 billion US dollars have been pledged to sustainable development since the Rio+20 Conference took place. And with an engaged international community working together, the stage is set for a successful implementation.

Exploring key outcomes of Rio+20 and the way forward, the first in a series of “Sustainable Development in Action” Google+ Hangouts will be hosted by DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development on Tuesday, 12 February at 12 pm EST on the UN Google+ account.

Panellists will include Nikhil Seth;
Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Coordinator for the Rio+20 Conference;
Kimo Goree, Vice-President of the International Institute for Sustainable Development Reporting Services (IISD); and
Jacob Scherr, Director of global strategy and advocacy for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

“We also want to hear your questions! Send them via Twitter using the hashtag #SDinAction,” adds Nikhil Seth encouraging, as the Hangout will also feature a 20-minute live Q&A session with the panellists.

Questions can be sent to @SustDev using #SDinAction or posted on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform Facebook page. Interested can also register for one of our Sustainable Development Action Networks to join the conversation there.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get updated on the work of the UN and the international community, putting commitments into actions to achieve the future we want for all.”

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