Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, will attract a large number of heads of state and decision makers from around the world. The conference will take place on June 20-22, 2012 – 20 years after the Earth Summit, the historic United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. Hence, the conference name: Rio+20. A number of recent crises – including political upheavals, economic downturns and environmental disasters – have helped expose a lack of sustainable thinking in many areas. Megatrends like urbanization, globalization and demographic change are challenging traditional models of growth and development. One objective of the Rio+20 Conference is to identify the right responses to such challenges.
Together with its United Nations partners and the Siemens Foundation, Siemens will have a strong presence in Rio before and during the conference, demonstrating thought leadership and a commitment to action. On June 18, Siemens will present the main conclusions of a comprehensive vision for the city of Rio de Janeiro in the year 2030. The exhibition – entitled Technology in Action – will show how innovation supports sustainable development both on basic levels and through sophisticated high-tech solutions.
Two members of the Managing Board of Siemens AG, Barbara Kux and Roland Busch, will travel to Rio. Through its presence at Rio+20, Siemens will emphasize the urgent need for coordinated global action while demonstrating that highly effective solutions for more sustainable development already exist today. We can act now by applying these solutions in areas like transport, energy production and distribution and through higher energy efficiency in industrial processes.