Summit Watch

In June, Brazil will host one of the largest and most important gatherings in the history of the United Nations. Marking the anniversary of the first Earth Summit held there in 1992, the Rio+20 Earth Summit is seen as a “once in a generation opportunity” to put the world on a path to a sustainable low-carbon green economy. The UN recently announced that 115 heads of state are already committed to attend Rio+20, but has not released their names, nor is there much information readily available on how their governments are preparing for Rio+20. To fill this important information gap, Earth Summit Watch is gathering and publishing current information on the status of Rio+20 preparations in every country.

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How Does It Work?

Earth Summit Watch has already begun contacting governments to get answers to a handful of fundamental questions about their individual preparations. Earth Summit Watch highlights these responses so you can see how your country is doing when compared to its competitors and neighbors. We are starting to gather examples of positive leadership for Rio, but many governments still need to step up their efforts.

How Can I Help?

We are seeking “Summit-Watchers” – civil society organizations around the world who want to contribute information on what their own country is doing to prepare for Rio. Find your country, download a copy of the survey, and let us know what you find out. There is very little time left to generate the political will to ensure that the Rio+20 Earth Summit will be a success. We must ACT NOW to ensure that what we accomplish at Rio is truly transformative and historic, building a more sustainable future for generations to come. Surveys are available in English and Spanish.

Earth Summit Watch Partners

Natural Resources Defense Council

The Natural Resources Defense Council is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization with more than 1.3 million members and online activists. Since the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, NRDC has actively engaged in a range of international sustainability issues, including climate change and energy, oceans, governance, and developing the green economy. Learn more about NRDC's priorities for the Earth Summit at

Road to Rio+20

Road to Rio+20 is a coalition of organizations, weaving together a global youth-led movement to realize the potential of the Earth Summit 2012. Road to Rio+20 aims to motivate, inspire, engage and support young people to take action on issues of sustainable development and influence the outcomes of Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Learn more at

Stakeholder Forum

Stakeholder Forum is an international organisation working to advance sustainable development and promote democracy at a global level. Stakeholder Forum played a key role in the preparations for and follow-up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 and is the organization leading on global stakeholder engagement and outreach towards Earth Summit 2012. Learn more at

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