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Benin, Bhutan and Costa Rica entered into a partnership through the South-South Cooperation Programme for Sustainable Development, with the financial support from the Kingdom of the Netherlands. This initiative was established in 2002 based on the principles of equality, reciprocity and participation of all societal stakeholders.

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Rio+20 presented an historic opportunity for the international community to ¨define pathways to a safer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all¨. Rio+20 is once again being held in Rio de Janerio, Brazil as a 20 year follow up to the initial United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. The initial Rio Summit succeeded in creating a blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection.

The Rio or Earth Summit, in 1992, inspired a collaboration between the Government of Costa Rica and the Kingdom of the Netherlands to initiate and execute an innovative form of international cooperation for sustainable development. This cooperation came in the form of a bilateral Sustainable Development Agreement, which was formalized in 1994. From this agreement, grew “Fundecooperacion el Desarollo Sostenible” as a means of implementing the agreement; an NGO that 20 years later is participating in “Rio+20″ after showing impresive results.

The objective of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, in June, is to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and address new and emerging challenges.

The Conference were focus on two themes:

(a) a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication
(b) the institutional framework for sustainable development.

Rio+20 will take place in Brazil from June 12-23, 2012.

For more information on the Partnerships Forum, in which Fundecooperacion will participate, please click this link.

For more information on Agroforestry, on which Fundecooperacion will participate in an event, please click this link.