ECOSOC, rather then the UN General Assembly, to be the UN hub for the UNCSD at RIO+20. Real UN urgency could have been shown by making the UN Security Council the appropriate hub. For a starter we look at the changed meaning of UNCSD.
NEWLY ELECTED ECOSOC PRESIDENT ENVISAGES ECOSOC AT THE HEART OF RIO+20 AND A POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK.
Miloš Koterec, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the United Nations in New York, has been elected 68th President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) – a position he will serve during one year. During the official handover ceremony, the incoming President said that he considered the Council the right place to discuss preparations and follow-up regarding the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), which will be held in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as well as to shape the post-2015 development framework.
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In preparation for its 12th special session of the Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF), to be held from 20-22 February 2012 in Nairobi, UNEP is organizing the 13th Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (GMGSF-13) from 18-19 February 2012 in Nairobi. Participants will discuss the state of negotiations and preparations of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), and the so-called Rio+20 themes.Registration is now open for all interested Major Groups and Civil Society representatives.
VERY IMPORTANT – PLEASE NOTE:
UNCSD DOES NOT STAND ANYMORE FOR THE UN COMMISSION ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT – A UN BODY WITH ANNUAL MEETINGS AND ITS OWN SERIES OF RUN-UP MEETINGS – BUT FOR THE UN CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT – A ONE TIME EVENT.
ARE WE RIGHT TO THINK THAT THIS MIGHT FOR ONCE DO AWAY WITH A USELESS UN BODY – CREATED IN HOPE BY THE FIRST RIO CONFERENCE OF 1992 BUT KILLED IN THE DELIBERATIONS THAT ROLLED ON SINCE THEN, AND SUBSTITUTE FOR IT AN OUTCOME FROM THE RIO+20 MEETING?
WHAT WILL BE THIS NEW BODY? COULD IT BE SE4ALL (Sustainable Energy for All), or a COMMISSION FOR A GREEN ECONOMY, OR SOME OTHER FORM OF THE WORLD WE WISH FOR AS PER THE UN SECRETARY GENERAL 5 YEAR PLAN?