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THE STORY:

In less than one year from now, from 4th -6th June 2012, world leaders will gather in Brazil for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development – widely referred to as ‘Rio+20’ after the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. The conference has a number of objectives and themes – including a focus on the green economy and institutional reform for sustainable development.


ENGAGE is a global television event produced by Friends of the United Nations and associates to coincide with Rio+20 on World Environment Day, June 5, 2012.

The UN needs allies to help translate its complex programs into the language of the people. The very important Millennium Development Goals will not be successful unless the people of the world take part in implementing them.

As the world confronts its most compelling environmental challenges ever, we need to accelerate our efforts to heighten public awareness of the stakes involved, both personally and universally, and to promote the gathering sense of urgency and inspiration for effective action.

Friends of the United Nations International is committed to engage in this mission. This is the time. Rio+20 is expected to guide the international development agenda for the next decade and beyond. It will also mark 20 years since the ground-breaking “Earth Summit” in Rio where the world first met to chart the course for sustainable development. Some have called Rio+20 the Conference for the Future. The UN Secretary-General recently called it one of the most important meetings in the history of the UN.

Right now humanity stands at the crossroads. As environmental change accelerates, we, the international community, must accelerate our actions! We must advance faster on the path to sustainable development.

WHY ENGAGE?(1) our planet is in trouble; (2) our planet needs us to engage; (3) we are the people we’ve been waiting for; (4) we can be the change; (5) the whole world is so connected; (6) we the people of the planet are dependent on nature and on the earth; (7) we need to wake up and engage to save our own lives; (8) people feel disempowered and frustrated and unmotivated; (9) we will engage if given easy opportunities.

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