On 16 October 2012, the European Commission opened a new public consultation to gather views and ideas on ways to follow-up the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).
The purpose of the consultation is to provide input to the European Commission for the development of specific actions and concrete measures to make sustainable development a reality, within the EU and globally. It will serve as input to a Communication from the Commission on Rio+20 follow-up, planned for the first quarter of 2013.
The consultation, open until 15 January 2013, seeks responses from citizens, organisations, public administrations, businesses and other interested parties on a number of policy questions in five main fields:
1. Policies aimed at moving towards an inclusive green economy, as a means to achieve sustainable development in the EU and globally.
2. Setting priority areas of action, i.e. poverty eradication, sustainable agriculture, water, sustainable energy, decent work for all, oceans and fisheries, and sustainable consumption and production, and reflecting upon the usefulness of targets and indicators in these areas.
3. Developing Sustainable Development Goals, reflecting on themes and topics and their optimal form, and suggesting ways to monitor progress in reaching them.
4. Considering options for an effective Sustainable Development Financing Strategy, including on possibilities of mobilising existing resources and ways of encouraging investments.
5. Strengthening the institutional framework for sustainable development, in the context of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on sustainable development, and thinking about ways to improve stakeholder participation.
For more information on the public consultation please click here.