Group of European ICSU Members

UNCSD / Rio +20

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), Rio+20 in short, was the third international conference on sustainable development and aimed at reconciling the economic and environmental goals of the global community. Hosted by Brazil in Rio de Janeiro on 13-22 June 2012, it was follow-up to the 1992 Earth Summit / United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) and marked the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. During 2011-12, the International Council for Science (ICSU) represented the international scientific community in the run-up to and at the Rio+20 conference itself with a range of activities. For more information

Rio +20: Regional Workshop for Europe

To ensure European input into the process, the European ICSU Members coordinated a Rio+20 "Regional Science and Technology Workshop" for Europe in Helsinki, Finland, on 12-14 October 2011. This was part of a series of regional workshops that were organised to inform the intergovernmental Rio+20 preparatory meetings. These workshops gave each region's scientific and technological community the opportunity to provide joint input for the regional preparatory processes and to discuss their views with policy makers and other key actors, thereby feeding region-specific scientific knowledge, issues and concerns into the Rio+20 Conference .

The Helsinki Workshop brought together renowned natural scientists, social scientists and engineers from across Europe to discuss the main themes of the Rio+20 conference from the point of view of the European scientific and technological community. There was also representation from North America, from the other main stakeholder groups of society (Major Groups) and from high-level policy making circles.


The main workshop outcome is a joint statement with key issues and concerns from the European scientific and technological community:

  • Green economy in the context of poverty eradication and sustainable development
  • Institutional framework for sustainable development
  • New and emerging challenges