United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD 2012)

The United Nations General Assembly through its resolution A/RES/64/236 as of 24 December 2009, decided to organize, in 2012, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development at the highest possible level, and accepted the generous offer of the Government of Brazil to host the conference in Rio de Janeiro. The objective of the conference will be to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assessing the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development and addressing new and emerging challenges. The focus of the conference will include the following themes to be discussed and refined during the preparatory process: a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and the institutional framework for sustainable development.

Furthermore, it was decided that a preparatory committee would be established within the framework of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development to carry out the preparations for UNCSD 2012, which will provide for the full and effective participation of all Member States of the United Nations and members of the specialized agencies, as well as other participants in the CSD. The UN Secretariat has launched a special website for the conference.

The first meeting of the Preparatory Committee was held in New York on 17-19 May 2010 and discussed major procedural and substantive issues. Its outcome is the Co-Chairs´ summary, including annexes.

The very active and acknowledged role of the Czech Republic in the international sustainable development agenda was confirmed by its election to the ten-member Bureau of the Preparatory Committee. Director of the Department of Multilateral Relations of the Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic, Mr Jiří Hlaváček serves as one of the two Vice-Chairs in the Bureau representing the Eastern European Regional Group.