Sustainable Development in Action
The Rio+20 Conference
was an action-oriented conference focusing on implementation of sustainable development. Member States, the United Nations system, and Major Groups and other stakeholders are together leading the way forward to the Future We Want.
Rio +20 as well as earlier sustainable development conferences have all emphasized the importance of action-oriented voluntary initiatives to complement government-led action in realizing sustainable development.
Key voluntary initiatives for implementation of sustainable development include Voluntary Commitments, Partnerships for Sustainable Development, and Green economy policies and initiatives. All voluntary initiatives are expected to announce and achieve concrete time-bound deliverables that advance sustainable development.
Rio +20 mandated the United Nations Secretariat to establish and maintain a comprehensive registry of voluntary initiatives for sustainable development whose partners have requested registration with the United Nations Secretariat.
Rio+20 outcome, Future We Want, paragraph 283
E. Registry of commitments
283. We welcome the commitments voluntarily entered into at the United Nations
Conference on Sustainable Development and throughout 2012 by all stakeholders
and their networks to implement concrete policies, plans, programmes, projects and
actions to promote sustainable development and poverty eradication. We invite the
Secretary-General to compile these commitments and facilitate access to other
registries that have compiled commitments, in an Internet-based registry. The
registry should make information about the commitments fully transparent and
accessible to the public, and it should be periodically updated.