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Monday at Rio+20

Events at the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development are now in full swing. Take a look at some of the behind-the-scenes photos so far from our conference from our photostream. Some selected highlights of events coming up on Monday at Rio+20: UN-Habitat will launch the “I’m a City Changer” campaign. Find out more about how to improve our lives in cities — and become a city changer! UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet will talk about the future women want and the importance of gender equality to sustainable development. Watch her press conference live at 10am Rio time. The Corporate Sustainability Forum – which has brought together thousands of business and grassroots leaders to agree on the role of the private sector in helping save the planet from unsustainable practices – wraps up today. Find out about the commitments resulting from the Forum. Janos Pasztor — Executive Secretary of the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability — will hold a Twitter chat with young people on the topic of “A Future Worth Choosing” at 9 a.m. Rio time. Use #UNGSP to join in on Twitter and watch live online. More: Full calendar of Rio+20 events Live coverage of the...

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On Your Bike!

Bicycling advocacy shifts into high gear before Rio+20 Contributed by Morana Song (@morana_twit), UN Department of Public Information Some say the hardest part of learning how to ride a bike is the pavement.  The second hardest may be convincing the world to reconsider this time-tested form of transportation as a new leap forward for environmental sustainability.  Bikes are 100% environment-friendly, fully air-conditioned, and enjoyed at a low cost both in developing and developed countries. On a hot, sunny day in June, a UN bike ride was held at the UN Headquarters in New York to promote cycling as a sustainable means of transport in the lead up to Rio+20 – the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. It’s not only the masses that love to ride bikes – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and over 40 ambassadors and dignitaries participated in the cycling. Although the Secretary-General couldn’t actually ride because of a broken arm, he got into the spirit of things by wearing a helmet during his speech, sharing stories of riding a bicycle in his youth, during the poverty-stricken days of South Korea. “I would much rather see bicycles and bike-riders around here than the limousines, armored SUVs and other gas-guzzling cars that we all use at the United Nations,” the Secretary-General said. Then he went on to suggest that ambassadors and Heads of State to use bikes during the General...

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