Engaging U.S. State and Local Leaders in Advance of Rio+20
Skyline of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 1, 2010. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Reta Jo Lewis serves as Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. In 2012, delegates from around the world will once again meet in Rio, this time for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. This conference, known as Rio+20, will be an opportunity to re-energize global sustainable development efforts, with an emphasis on strengthening linkages between economic, environmental, and social issues.

On Thursday, June 9, 2011, the Office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs in partnership with the Bureau of Oceans, International Environmental, and Scientific Affairs (OES)more »

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