15 June 2012
Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum

Innovation and Collaboration for the Future We Want

The Global Compact hosted the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum: Innovation and Collaboration for the Future We Want from Friday 15 to Monday 18 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This was in cooperation with the Rio+20 Secretariat, the UN System and the Global Compact Local Network Brazil.

The Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum was one of the UN events leading into the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development .

[See the Outcomes Document of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development – The Future We Want.]

The Rio+20 CSR Forum was established as a venue for business, industry and investors to meet with Governments, local authorities, civil society and UN entities in dozens of highly focused workshops and thematic sessions linked to the Rio+20 agenda.


  • Energy and Climate
  • Agriculture and Food
  • Water and Ecosystems
  • Social Development
  • Urbanization and Cities
  • Economics and Finance of Sustainable Development

Outcomes – Innovation and Collaboration for the Future We Want

The Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum marked a new phase in the evolving relationship between the world of business and the needs of sustainable development.

H.E. Ban Ki-moon
United Nations Secretary-General

Nearly 3,000 representatives from all regions — investors, academics, community activists, environmental experts and corporate leaders — participated in 120 workshops over the three days of the Rio+20 CSR Forum. More than 200 commitments were launched at the Forum covering energy, finance, climate change, water, food, anti-corruption and women’s empowerment.

For full details see Rio+20 CSF Overview and Outcomes report .

The Urbanisation and Cities Track

Governor of Paranà, Carlos Alberto Richa presenting the Commitments of the Alianca Nosso Paranà Sustentàvel at the High Level Closing Plenary Session of the Rio+20 CS Forum

The Global Compact Cities Programme were part of the  team that coordinated the Rio+20 CSR Forum’s Urbanisation and Cities track, and hosted and programmed three sessions . The Forum provided an excellent platform for cities, and organisations working in cities, to showcase innovation, network, and build partnerships and alliances.

Highlights of the Urbanisation and Cities track included:

1. The launch of the new statewide urban sustainability initiative in Brazil, Alianca Nossos Paranà Sustentàvel

See the report on the Alliance launch by Governor Beto Richa and background on the new Paranà Global Compact Cities Programme Regional Secretariat.

2. Global Compact Cities Programme – Sustainable Cities: Global Challenges – Local Solutions (see Agenda).

Session 1 – The launch of Aliança Nosso Paranà Sustentàvel, Brazil – a new statewide cross-sectoral approach to sustainability.

With presenters:

Session 2: ‘Sustainable Cities: Global Challenges, Local Solutions’

3. World Vision International – Cities Programme session on Innovation and Collaboration to Address Urban Poverty (see Agenda).

Presenters include:
  • Joyati Das, World Vision International Centre of Excellence for Urban Programming
  • Dr Janice Perlman, Mega-Cities Project , ‘Collaboration and Innovation for Inclusive Sustainable Cities’
  • Vania Goncalves de Souza, Prefeitura of Porto Alegre, ‘the Social Inclusion project of the Vila Chocolatào Resettlement’
  • Rafael Achondo –  ´Techo `- Youth working across Latin America and the Caribbean for a just society without poverty
The full ‘Collaboration and Innovation to Address Urban Poverty ‘session was recorded and published by UN Web TV – Please see related videos below.

4. Other leading organisations hosted sessions on Urbanisation and Cities, including:

  • UN Habitat – Building Partnerships for Urban Futures: Leveraging Strengths, Driving Change through Shared Values
  • Global Compact Network Spain – ‘Looking Into the Future of Sustainability: An Approach to Sustainable Cities and Renewable Energy’.
  • UNEP – The Path to Resource Efficient Cities: Innovation in Action
  • The Climate Group – ‘Lighting the Clean Revolution: Business and Transformational Change in an Urban Environment’
  • UNITAR – ‘Cities at the Heart of the Future We Want’
  • Sustainia – ‘Building the World of Tomorrow’

Katherine Michonski, Director, BC3 Business Council on Climate Change, San Francisco

Rio+20 – June 2012

See our Photo Gallery of the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum: Innovation and Collaboration for the Future We Want

UN Web TV Coverage of the World Vision International -Cities Programme session – ‘Collaboration and Innovation to Address Urban Poverty’

1. Opening Address, Session Chair Professor Paul James, followed by Dr Janice Perlman, CEO Mega-Cities Project, ‘Collaboration and Innovation for Inclusive Sustainable Cities’

2. Vania Gonçalves de Souza, Prefietura de Porto Alegre – ‘The Social Inclusion Project of the Vila Chocolatáo Resettlement`

3. Joyati Das, Global Head of the World Vision International Centre for Excellence in Urban Programming

4. Rafael Achondo, ´Techo `- Youth working across Latin America and the Caribbean for a just society without poverty