Committee of the Regions at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

20/06/2012   Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

At the Rio+20 Conference world leaders, government representatives, civil society & other stakeholders will meet to discuss ways to reduce global poverty & protect our environment. The European Union will be sending a delegation which will include representatives from the Committee of the Regions (CoR). 

At Rio, Europe's cities and regions will argue:

"Our Earth needs all levels of government, including local and regional, to engage for a transition towards responsible and sustainable development"

They will ask:  "If not us who and if not now when?"

 The European Union's delegation will work as "one team" to:

  • seek ambitious targets &an effective road to the global "green &responsible growth"
  • ensure commitments are taken worldwide at the level closest to citizens – in towns, cities and regions
  • pursue effective global governance of environmental &sustainable development based on the UN Local Agenda 21.

Special event

Sustainable Cities: Committee of the Regions and the European Commission's DG Environment to hold event at Rio+20

The CoR invites participants to come and exchange experiences on "Sustainable Cities".

The event "When Cities breathe, People progress: The Future we, Europe's Cities and Sub-national, want" will be an opportunity to discuss:

  • its most successful achievements: European Green Capitals and Covenant of Mayors
  • the concept of "modern urban fabric" as one key area to:
    • drive green growth
    • act as incubators for the creation of jobs
    • help tackle climate change
    • provide a social space ensuring an inclusive society & a decent quality of life

The event will be accompanied by the "Colourful Cities" exhibition.

Where: Pavilion of the European Union, Park of Athletes, Rio de Janeiro

When: 21 June, 5 - 7pm



Contact Person: Boris Essender
Phone - Mobile: + - +32.479.515.839
Related Information

CoR: Our Cities and Our Regions are Our Future -The Green Solution



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