Request to Join Global Conversation

Even if you can’t go to Rio in June, you can take part in the Rio+20 Conference on sustainable development. Here’s an open call for essays by the UN-Secretariat:

This June, at the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet. It is probably the most important global conversation, as it has the potential for determining whether we will galvanize action to achieve a sustainable future.

The official discussions will focus on two main themes: how to build a green economy to achieve sustainable development and lift people out of poverty; and how to improve international coordination for sustainable development. It is an historic opportunity to define pathways to a sustainable future – a future with more jobs, more clean energy, greater security and a decent standard of living for all.

In this context, we would be honoured to have a contribution from you, approximately 300 to 400 words, sharing your vision of “The Future We Want,” which is the name of
our Rio+20 global campaign. You are welcome to submit in any of the official languages of the UN: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish, as well as in Portuguese. Your contribution will bring a renowned voice to bear on how we can shape the future of the planet.

The high-profile contributions like yours will be rolled out in the lead-up to Rio+20 to generate support for a more sustainable future. Besides publishing your essay on the world campaign website (, the UN’s social media outlets will share it with more than a million followers. You will retain the right to reprint this
contribution elsewhere, with a reference to it having first appeared on the UN’s sustainable future website, although its copyright will be held by the United Nations.
While it would be wonderful to have your contribution by 30 March to allow for timely publication, we would be happy to work around your schedule.

Please e-maile your essay directly to the Messenger of Peace Programme, Laetitia Kouassi ([email protected]) and Carlos Islam ([email protected]) Please include your preferred title and photograph for possible use. Should you have additional questions, please contact Laetitia via email or call (212) 963 1285.

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  1. Hi Isa,

    as stated in the article, this is not our own programme, but a programme of the UN directly!

    The contact details are at the end of the article!