June 22, 2012

Rio+20 Conference – What is it?

In the international development community this week there has been one word that has been frequently thrown around - Rio+20. This conference has been taking place over the past couple days and we wanted to tell you what it is all about and why it's important! Read all about it below...

On June 20-22, world leaders, government officials, members of both the public and private sectors, and representatives from thousands of NGOs joined together in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – otherwise known as the Rio+20 conference. The conference aimed to come together as a global community to address poverty, social equity, and promote sustainable development. The conference focused on 7 key areas: creating new jobs, access to sustainable energy, improving cities, promoting sustainable agriculture, access to clean water, protection of the oceans, and world’s reducing natural disaster risk. Education wasn’t one of the key areas, so why would we care? Well, while education is not focused on directly, it is a huge part of all of these topics. The causes of poverty in developing nations all go hand and hand, so by developing innovative ways to address these seven key areas, education is also improved. Read up on how the Rio+20 conference went this week and educate yourself on how the world leaders are looking to address the issues facing our world today. When we all work together, we can make a difference!

Carlo Dumandan

Digital Media Manager