The Rio+20 conference on Sustainable Development ended with the formal adoption

of a 50 page document entitled ‘The future we want,’

which gives a thorough overview of the varied and urgent challenges the global community faces.

It is unequivocal on poverty, environmental degradation and climate change.


But, much of this text is a restatement of what we have heard before, a compendium of past promises.

Does the document have the requisite framework for action, and were the means of implementation

– targets, goals and money – also agreed on to get the future we need?

Does the text set humanity on a new course that offers a vision for a new world?

As the negotiators left Rio, will the world be any different?

Will their agreement lead to sustainable development and poverty eradication?


You are cordially invited to a Rio+20 report back


Date: 17 July 2012 

Time: 5.30pm for 6.00pm – 8.00pm

Venue: Mirriam Cele Room, Diakonia Centre

Speakers: Nawaal Domingo (Research officer, SDCEA)

Patrick Bond (Director, Centre for Civil Society)

Bobby Peek (Director, groundwork)

RSVP:  Busi at 031 310 3500 or by 13 July.
(Please indicate whether you would require parking when you RSVP)

Secure parking is available on the 1st floor of the Renaissance Building, next door to the service entrance of the Diakonia Centre in Maud Mfusi Street (St George’s Street).