Essays on Science and SocietyRIO+20

Science for Sustainable Development

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Science  15 Jun 2012:
Vol. 336, Issue 6087, pp. 1396
DOI: 10.1126/science.1223968

Summary

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 20 to 22 June. Dubbed “Rio+20,” the conference comes 20 years after the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development, also held in Rio. That '92 “Earth Summit” produced 27 guiding principles and the adoption of Agenda 21, all focused on sustainable development. Science invited experts from different countries, institutions, and fields to reflect on progress thus far, anticipate challenges and opportunities ahead, and highlight the roles that science and technology can play.

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