The Future We Want
Outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
20-22 June 2012 (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

In the outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20), entitled “The Future We Want”, participating heads of State and Government and high-level representatives agree to, among other issues: stress the importance of the participation of indigenous peoples in the achievement of sustainable development, and recognize the importance of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the context of global, regional, national and subnational implementation of sustainable development strategies; in the context of green economy policies, enhance the welfare of indigenous peoples and their communities, other local and traditional communities and ethnic minorities, recognizing and supporting their identity, culture and interests and avoid endangering their cultural heritage, practices and traditional knowledge, preserving and respecting non-market approaches that contribute to the eradication of poverty; in the context of food security and nutrition and sustainable agriculture, recognize the importance of traditional sustainable agricultural practices, including traditional seed supply systems, including for many indigenous peoples and local communities; and in the context of biodiversity, recognize that traditional knowledge, innovations and practices of indigenous peoples and local communities make an important contribution to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and their wider application can support social well-being and sustainable livelihoods.

The outcome document was negotiated in a series of formal and informal sessions. However, several issues remained controversial, and Rio+20 delegates eventually accepted a compromise, albeit weakened, text proposed by the Brazilian hosts. Download the outcome document [pdf] …

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