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Rio+20 – United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development

You may have heard about the United Nations (UN) Conference on Sustainable Development, which took place on June 20 – 22, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rio+20 is the short name for the conference, with the +20 signifying twenty years since the 1992 Earth summit, also held in Rio de Janeiro.

The UN brought together governments, international institutions and major groups to “agree” on measures to reduce poverty and promote jobs, clean energy, and a more sustainable and fair use of resources.

The program Democracy Now interviewed Severn Cullis-Suzuki, known as “the girl who silenced the world for six minutes”, after she addressed delegates in Rio de Janeiro during the 1992 summit’s plenary session.

From Democracy Now:

We air Cullis-Suzuki’s historic address and speak to her from the Rio+20 summit, which she comes back to now as a veteran international environmental campaigner and mother of two. “Twenty years later, the world is still talking about a speech, a six-minute speech that a 12-year-old gave to world leaders,” Cullis-Suzuki says. “Why? It is because the world is hungry to hear the truth, and it is nowhere articulated as well as from the mouths of those with everything at stake, which is youth.”

Here is Severn’s  historic 1992 Speech, and June 21, 2012 interview by Amy Goodman and Juan González of Democracy now.

Severn Cullis-Suzuki is the daughter of David Suzuki, a Japanese-Canadian academic, science broadcaster and environmental activist.



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