Voluntary Commitments Total 715 After Rio+20
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The Rio+20 Secretariat has received 715 voluntary commitments, many of which contribute to larger initiatives under the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative, the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative, the UN Global Compact, and the Barbados Declaration.

Six islands leaders recently announced new conservation commitments.

The commitments will mobilize more than US$500 billion in action towards sustainable development.

RIO+2028 June 2012: The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) Secretariat has reported receiving 715 voluntary commitments, including commitments that will mobilize more than US$500 billion in action towards sustainable development. These include 52 government commitments, 82 UN/IGO commitments and 581 Major Group and civil society commitments. Sha Zukang, UNCSD Secretary-General, said the voluntary commitments complement the official outcome, and “are a major part of the legacy of this Conference.”

Many commitments are part of larger initiatives, including: 243 commitments under the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative; 156 commitments under the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative; 124 private sector commitments under the UN Global Compact; 22 commitments under the Barbados Declaration; and 9 commitments to empower women entrepreneurs in green economy businesses in different regions and countries.

Island leaders – including from Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Colombia, Grenada, Indonesia and Seychelles – recently announced new conservation commitments.

UN-HABITAT and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability committed to hosting the world’s first Eco Mobility Festival in Suwon, Korea. The five-week festival will illustrate car-free urban living and highlight the potential for a new urban lifestyle.

The Rio+20 Secretariat is compiling commitments in an online compendium on the Rio+20 website and welcomes registration of voluntary commitments throughout 2012. Commitment registration can be done at www.uncsd2012.org/commit. Username/password can be received by emailing uncsd2012@un.org. [Commitments Webpage] [UN-HABITAT Press Release] [The Nature Conservancy Press Release]

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