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Useful Information 2: Content of the Agreement

Official outcome document “The Future We want”

The official outcome document “The Future We Want” is the agreement that all participating countries signed. Following a long preparatory process, the zero draft of the outcome document provided the basis for the final round of negotiations. Eventually Brazil provided a non-negotiable version as late as June 17 bringing an end to the long negotiations.

“The future we want – zero draft of the outcome document”, published by the UNCSD 2012. Green Economy on pages 5-8

Official outcome of the conference “The Future We Want”. Green Economy on pages 9-13.

Voluntary Multilateral Commitments

Apart from the agreements found in the outcome document “The Future We Want”, there are the number of smaller scale agreements made during Rio+20. This section is a selection of the many agreements and commitments between just a few countries were made, including the official Voluntary Commitments.

Article “France’s Commitments with Regards to the Green and Inclusive Economy” published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs France, 2012.

France, with its European partners, is committed to concrete and tangible results regarding the green and inclusive economy for Rio +20.

Article “Brazil, Denmark, France & South Africa Join in Commitment to Sustainability Reporting” published by the UNEP, 2012.

Today a group of leading governments join together in a unique initiative to commit to corporate sustainability reporting, in support of paragraph 47 of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio+20 – outcome document. […] Brazil, Denmark, France and South Africa are forming a group of ‘friends of paragraph 47′ to advance corporate sustainability reporting, and to that effect they have invited Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to support them.

Article “Countries Agree to 2016 as Target Date for Transition to Efficient Lamps” published by the UNEP, 2012. Uruguay, Chile, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Morocco, Jordan, Philippines, Tunisia

A group of 14 pilot countries will seek to benefit from such opportunities as part of a Global Efficient Lighting Partnerships Programme ? coordinated by UNEP and partners – that will get underway next month. Countries will receive support to develop national phase-out plans for inefficient lamps from experts provided by the en.lighten initiative: a public-private partnership led by UNEP and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in collaboration with Philips Lighting, Osram AG, and the National Lighting Test Centre of China.

Article “UNEP and EU Sign Partnership for Sustainable Cities and Regions” published by the UNEP, 2012.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the European Union’s Committee of the Regions (CoR) signed today a Memorandum of Understanding, signalling a new phase of cooperation between the two institutions. The agreement sets out a framework for strong cooperation with the shared goal of achieving a sustainable future. Both institutions agreed to prioritise five areas namely: multilevel environmental governance; green economy and resource efficiency; climate change mitigation and adaptation; biodiversity and ecosystems management; and decentralised cooperation for development. It reinforces both institutions belief that there is a need to strengthen the role of local and regional authorities within the policy-decision making process if this objective is to be achieved.

Publication “Summary of Voluntary Commitments registered at Rio+20” published by UNCSD, 2012.

The Rio+20 Secretariat, together with the UN Global Compact and the Sustainable Energy for All initiative, has received over 700 Rio+20 voluntary commitments. These commitments were made by all stakeholders, including governments, UN system & IGOs, the private sector, civil society and NGOs. Collectively, these tangible commitments mobilize more than $500 billion in actions towards sustainable development.