UNIDO – Rio + 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (08/02/2012)

UNIDO is taking part in the preparatory process for Rio+20, United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 20-22, 2012.

The DG of UNIDO, Mr. Yumkella is a Co-chair of the SG's Initiative on Sustainable Energy for All aiming at achieving universal access to sustainable energy by 2030.

On 8 February, Mr. Yumkella took part in the launch of the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All in the European Parliament. The event on "European efforts towards Universal Energy Access" was attended by the Development Commissioner, Mr. Piebalgs, the Chair of the Task Force on Energy Access, who gave an address on the role of the EU as a global leader in supporting the scaling-up of access to energy. (http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/piebalgs/headlines/speeches/index_en.htm) The DG met Commissioner for Development, Mr. Piebalgs, to discuss preparations for RIO+20 (SE4All); Commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Ciolos, to discuss development cooperation in Africa in the field of agribusiness, Commissioner for Climate Action, Ms. Hedegaard, to discuss the possible outcome of Rio+20; and Commissioner for Industry, Vice President Mr. Tajani, to discuss the possible organization of a Conference on Industrial Cooperation in Africa later this year.