Submitting Your Rio+20 Thoughts to the UN via MobilizeUS! and NRDC

The United Nations is requesting public comments concerning the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development,DUE NOVEMBER 1 AT 5 PM. This toolkit will aid you in preparing and submitting your own comment or opinion.

To learn more about Rio+20, and how you can make a difference, visit the MobilizeUS! homepage.

Note: The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has provided a resource and sample text which makes submitting easy. Just click here. Or, use what follows to prepare your own submission.


What you submit can be anything; we are pushing for as many as possible. However, it is helpful to address your comment to the themes and/or objectives of the conference. Formal submissions will adhere to the Co-Chairs’ Guidance Note on inputs for the compilation document, which suggests that inputs conform to a set of four general content guidelines:

  • Outcome expectations and concrete proposals.

  • Comments on existing proposals.

  • Views on implementation and the implementation gap.

  • Possible cooperation or partnership mechanisms or arrangements.

And that they include specific elements directed to:

  1. Objectives of the Rio+20 Conference

  2. Green Economy in the context of Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication

  3. Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development

  4. Proposals for Refininement of the Two Themes

Substantive submissions will be accepted and considered regardless of format. Already received inputs are available to view on the Rio+20 website here.

Submissions can be sent electronically by email to the UNCSD secretariat (, with copies to Ms. Tonya Vaturi (email: and Mr. Arthur de la Cruz (email:, by fax (+1 212 983 1257), or regular mail, addressed to Ms. Tonya Vaturi, UNCSD Secretariat, Division for Sustainable Development, UN-DESA, DC2-2212, 2 UN Plaza, New York, NY 10017, USA.)

MobilizeUS! and the Human Impacts Institute have has sponsored the MobilizeUS! Top Ten Asks for Rio+20. Click here to see the original formulation.

Our submission, reformatted according to the guidance note, will appear as follows:

To the Secretariat of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development:

We call for Rio+20 to be unprecedented in terms of participation, cooperation, and leadership. Leadership must include representatives of government, business, and civil society. Participants must be included from across the globe and from all walks of life. The Rio+20 process must encourage communication and cooperation within these groups. Any renewal of political commitment to sustainable development cannot take place but within such a conference. Further, such principles will enhance progress in the institutional framework for sustainable development.

We ask that the conference implement new web-based and social media facilities, which carry the potential to reinvigorate the UN and its work in the eyes of a new and crucial generation of global citizens. The conference must result in a document simplified in its language, and incorporate processes that are transparent and accessible.

We demand that Rio+20 abide by its stated objectives, and thus result in new and ambitious agreements, goals, and pathways toward realizing them. The conference must honestly review and respond to the successes and failures of the current paradigm of global sustainable development work.

We request that conference outcomes also address the full scope of sustainable development, including its ecological, social, and cultural aspects, finance, the law, science and technology, economics, and natural resources. It can only be within such a comprehensive view that our goals can be achieved.

We recognize that the green economy can be a means to achieving sustainability, progress, and environmental, economic, social well-being. Any development of such an economy must, however, keep those ends in mind, and not replace them with growth or development for its own sake.

We suggest the development of global, open-source, accessible registry of sustainable actions. With such a tool, businesses, individuals, communities, and governments around the world can learn from each other and from the past, examine obstacles, and craft solutions to the pressing challenges of developing a sustainable human civilization.

Rio+20 can refresh our outlook and our energy for working toward a sustainable global future, and rise to face the critical challenges of our time. We hope it realizes this potential, as it surely will by meeting these above expectations.

Please join us by taking part in this action, by making it known how many care.

By Alex White, Director of Outreach and Advocacy at the Human Impacts Institute

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