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First Session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)

17-19 May 2010 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America


UNCSDThe first session of the Preparatory Committee for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) took place from 17-19 May 2010 at UN Headquarters in New York. The Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) began its work in planning for UNCSD (also referred to as “Rio+20”) in 2012. The session took up both substantive and procedural matters. On the substantive side, delegates assessed progress to date and the remaining gaps in implementing outcomes of major summits on sustainable development. They also addressed new and emerging challenges, a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, and the institutional framework for sustainable development. On the procedural side, participants met in contact groups to consider how to organize their work in the lead up to 2012, and discussed the UNCSD’s rules of procedure.

A summary and analysis of the event will be available on line on this page on Saturday, 22 May 2010.

Delegates attend a plenary session of PrepCom 1 at UN Headquarters in the temporary ECOSOC chamber (the regular ECOSOC chamber is currently being refurbished).
UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Sha Zukang, who is also Secretary-General of the 2012 UNCSD, urged delegates to do business in an open and transparent manner and said he would not tolerate any “turf battles and tricks and games.”
Delegates in discussions during a break in the plenary.
Stephan Contius (Germany)
John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda), Co-Chair of the PrepCom
Luis Machado (Brazil)
Lucas Assunção, UNCTAD
Daniel Reifsnyder, US State Department
Park In-kook (Republic of Korea), Co-Chair of the PrepCom
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First Informal Bureau Meeting minutes

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