Thursday at Rio+20

An action-packed second day of the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development follows Wednesday’s opening ceremonies.

Take a look at our latest behind-the-scenes shots from the opening day on our Rio+20 photostream.

Flags at opening day of Rio+20

Highlights of planned activities in Rio on Thursday:

The plenary meeting continues with statements by high-level speakers, starting at 10 a.m.  You can watch the entire session live.

The Women Leaders’ High Level Summit will gather women Heads of State and Governments to pledge their support and urge governments, civil society and the private sector to prioritize gender equality and women’s empowerment in the sustainable development agenda. Follow @UN_Women on Twitter for live updates.

UN Goodwill Ambassador for Biodiversity and acclaimed actor Edward Norton will speak to the press at 11 a.m. in a briefing by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity.  Watch live on UN Webcast.

Commitments to the Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative will be announced, including major commitments from governments, multilateral institutions, the private sector and civil society.  Watch live at 2pm.

Members of the Secretary-General’s MDG Advocacy Group — eminent personalities who have shown outstanding leadership in promoting the implementation of the MDGs —  will hold an event at 11 a.m. on Sustainable Futures: Accelerating Progress on the MDGs through Youth Innovations. Participants will include Advocates Jeffrey Sachs, Muhammad Yunus, Ted Turner and Marina Silva. The discussion will be moderated by Fabien Cousteau.

Secretary-General Ban will be joined by members of his High-level Panel on Global Sustainability, several Heads of State and prominent individuals including Sir Richard Branson, for an event at 3 p.m. focusing on the findings of the panel’s report, Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing.

In the evening, Secretary-General Ban will launch his “Zero Hunger Challenge,” inviting all nations to be boldly ambitious as they work for a future where no one goes hungry. Find out more from the Secretary-General in this special video message.

 

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