Secretary-General Addresses Rio+20 Plenary:22 June 2012 (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)
Secretary-General Addresses Rio+20 Plenary:22 June 2012 (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)

Sustainable development is a key priority guiding the work of the United Nations. The organizations of the UN system are firmly committed to advance economic growth, social development and environmental sustainability in an integrated manner through greater coherence and coordination of action. Together, they have made significant contributions to the Rio+20 conference.

In 2011, CEB crafted a Common statement by CEB on the outcome of UNCSD as a joint UN system submission to the outcome document signalling the collective readiness of the organizations of the UN system to “support the world’s nations and peoples to make sustainable development a reality.”

In April 2012, CEB sent an appeal to the international community to take decisive action in support of a forward looking and robust framework for sustainable development. The CEB Joint Statement to Rio+20 urges all stakeholders to act now to better integrate the three dimensions of sustainable development into all levels of decision-making and actions. 

On 22 June 2012, in Brazil, the UN Secretary-General hosted an interactive high-level dialogue on “UN System: Together for the Future We Want”.  The event brought together the Executive Heads of UN system organizations to highlight what the UN system was doing to implement the outcomes of the Rio+20 conference and advance sustainable development policies and practices everywhere.

CEB Side Event at Rio+20

The event entitled "United Nations System: Together for the Future We Want" was held on Friday, 22 June 2012, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The Secretary‐General was joined by nearly 20 leaders of the UN system highlighting their joint efforts in support of all countries and their peoples in making sustainable development a reality.