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On the occasion of the Rio + 20 conference, the Rio Conventions are using this website to highlight the role and potential of the private sector – the business and investment community – in contributing to sustainable development through the work related to biodiversity, land management and climate change.

RIO + 20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, will be held in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012, preceded by a pre-sessional period.

The Conference marks the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development or Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) held in Johannesburg. It is envisaged as a Conference at the highest possible level, including Heads of State and Government or other representatives. The Conference will result in a focused political document.

The three Rio Conventions – the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – are operational outcomes of the 1992 Earth Summit and serve the global community in setting policy and encouraging action on biodiversity, land management and climate change.

Each of these inter-related work streams contribute directly to the goal of sustainable development.

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