Registry of commitments
Description/achievement of initiative

To make information about Rio+20 voluntary initiatives for sustainable development fully transparent and accessible to the public, as well facilitate access to other registries that have compiled voluntary initiatives. Registries include voluntary commitments made for Rio+20, the database of Partnerships for Sustainable Development (CSD11/WSSD), Secretary-General's Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) and Every Woman Every Child initiatives, database on Green Economy policies, commitments from Higher Education Sustainability Initiative and from the UN Global Compact.

The registry will allow all stakeholders to update and maintain their own entries, as well include functions for reporting back on progress of voluntary initiatives.

Implementation methodologies

The registry will be developed by the Rio+20 Secretariat/Division for Sustainable Development, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and will be part of the website that was launched in follow-up to Rio+20, the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform,


United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)
Deliverable Date
Compile commitments and partnerships into a single registry on SD in action 2012
Functions for reporting on progress for Stakeholders 2013
Launch of first annual report on progress in a report on 'Sustainable development in action', for consideration by the high-level political forum at its first session 2013
Event or agenda item, possibly during or on the margins of the high-level political forum, to showcase significant voluntary initiatives 2013
Resources devoted to implementation
Type Details
Staff / Technical expertise In-house expertise of the Division for Sustainable Development, DESA

Nikhil Chandavarkar, Chief, Communications and Outreadh Branch,

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