Rio +20 conference

The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (‘Rio + 20’) attended by 196 countries, ended in Brazil on 22nd June. The document that emerged, The Future We Want, can found here in full.  The key points for planners - paragraphs 134-137 inclusive - state the main concerns and commitments on sustainable human settlements. Para 136 emphasises that ‘sustainable urban planning benefits from the involvement of multiple stakeholders as well as from full use of information and sex-disaggregated data, including on demographic trends, income distribution and informal settlements’ and recognises ‘the important role of municipal governments in setting a vision for sustainable cities, from the initiation of city planning through to revitalization of older cities and neighbourhoods, including by adopting energy efficiency programmes in building management and developing sustainable, locally appropriate transport systems.