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Governing Board

The RIO+ Centre is co-funded by UNDP and the Government of Brazil, and is overseen by a Governing Board composed of representatives from each co-founder.


Government of Brazil: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Undersecretary General for the Environment, Energy, Science and Technology

UNDP: Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), Director


Ministry of Environment, Vice Minister

Ministry of Social and Agrarian Development, Secretary of Evaluation and Information Management

Ministry of Finance, International Affairs Secretary

UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Brazil


The RIO+ Centre is a legacy of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) and was set up to keep the commitment to sustainable development alive, both in action and ideas.

The Centre was established in June 2013 in Rio de Janeiro as a partnership between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Brazil. As one of the key outcomes of Rio+20, the RIO+ Centre is guided by the Conference’s Future We Want Outcome Document, which reaffirms the inextricable link between social, economic and environmental development.

In addition, the recently adopted 2030 Agenda with its action plan of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are underscored by principles of dignity and justice for all provides the overall framework under which the RIO+ Centre develops its work.

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Our Work

Our Work

The RIO+ Centre operates under the overall goal of achieving sustainable development for all – particularly excluded and marginalized citizens. We inspire policies and practices that lead to increased social, economic, and environmental justice as the basis of sustainable development.

Our mission is to catalyze the transition towards equitable and sustainable development through policy analysis, advocacy, and broad-based dialogue that leads to action. The RIO+ Centre supports governments’ proactive role in appropriating sustainable development paradigms and implementing coherent policies, as well as citizens and civil society in their role as advocates and watchdogs for the implementation of sustainable development commitments.

To achieve this, our work is focused on:

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RIO+ 20

RIO+ 20

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, RIO+20, was held from 13th to 22nd June 2012, in Rio de Janeiro. It is known as Rio+20 because it marked the twentieth anniversary of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Rio-92), and helped defining the sustainable development agenda from the upcoming decades.

Brazil’s position to host Rio+20 was approved in the 6th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, in 2009.

The objective of the conference was to renew political commitment to sustainable development, through the assessment of progress and gaps in the implementation of decisions made at the major summits held on the subject, and through the discussion of new and emerging issues.

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RIO+ Action Report 2016-2017

RIO+ Action Report 2016-2017

We gladly present our 2016-2017 Action Report that showcase our unique convening power as a UNDP global policy centre based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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