Paris, 14 June 2011 – BASD 2012 Conveners and Partners met in Paris on 14 June, one year in advance of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) to be held in Rio de Janeiro on June 4-6, 2012. This was the first full meeting of BASD 2012 Partners, and our first big step toward Rio.
The meeting was chaired by Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, Chairman of BASD 2002, and a member of the BASD 2012 Steering Committee. Discussion focused on the group’s expectations for Rio+20, and for the BASD coalition. Ms. Elizabeth Thompson, United Nations Assistant Secretary General and Executive Coordinator for Rio+20, provided her perspectives on the role of business, and specifically BASD, in the Rio+20 process.
As an outcome of the meeting, 3 core working groups have been formed to address policy issues, communications, and UN engagement respectively. These groups will begin work in July, working toward the 1 November deadline for formal major group input to the UNCSD process.