RIO+20, JUNE 10-24

The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, also known as the Earth Summit, held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, was a landmark event. Two decades later we have seen tremendous change in our world. Economic growth that has driven massive global transformation has come at a high price: not the least  of which is ecological destruction and a widening gap between extreme wealth and extreme poverty.

Srs Araci Ludwig, Maura Browne, Mary Jo Toll, Lourdes Urban, Eileen Reilly, and Loiva Urban

Four Sisters of Notre Dame (Coesfeld), three Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, and five School Sisters of Notre Dame worked with other NGOs at the Rio+20 official Conference as well as at the People’s Summit to produce convergence on important considerations such as respecting planetary boundaries, new patterns of production and consumption, an economic model that will promote the well being of all peoples, education for sustainable development, and social equity.  For more details and an idea of how we worked, go to our blog at: To see the final document ,  go to:

Many groups are contributing to the action by creating sustainable development projects. Already there are 712!  To get ideas:


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