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Conference opens! Wednesday at Rio+20

Delegates on Tuesday learning about the Future We Want Outcome document

Highlights of planned activities in Rio on Wednesday:

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will open the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development at 10 a.m. The first statement will be delivered by Brittany Trilford, 17-year-old winner of the “Date with History” competition.  World leaders and representatives of countries will begin to make their remarks during the morning session.

Updated: The morning session will include a statement by Brazilian President Dilma Roussef, who will also make remarks at the ceremonial session in the afternoon.

Watch the opening sessions and all speakers live on UN Webcast.

Secretary-General Ban will give a press conference at 11 a.m. Take a look at the Secretary-General talking about the future he wants and explaining his vision for a sustainable planet.

At 2 p.m. members of the Secretary-General’s MDG Advocacy Group — eminent personalities who have shown outstanding leadership in promoting the implementation of the MDGs – will speak to the media.

Also on Wednesday will be a joint statement of the multilateral development banks announcing voluntary commitments on sustainable transportWatch the announcement live at 9.30 a.m.

In the evening, the UN Development Programme will honour the 2012 Equator Prize winners.

Also happening on Wednesday is the Sustainable Development Partnership Forum.  Follow along via Livesteam.

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