Twenty years ago the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro hosted the first United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), the first ‘Earth Summit’ in 1992.
On June 20-22nd 2012, leaders from around the world met there again to discuss the future of sustainable human development at this year’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), referred to as ‘Rio +20’’.
Progressio ran an extended campaign around the conference and the issues and commented and analysed (partially live from Rio) the events and decisions made.
Illegal logging is a key issue of justice for Progressio. We work with many communities in Honduras, Nicaragua, East Timor and Malawi who are threatened by illegal logging.
For the past five years, Progressio in both the UK and Ireland have been working hard to get the issue of illegal logging firmly on the political agenda at both national and EU level.
At the national level, we lobbied government to implement a ‘green’ public procurement policy that would ensure that government bodies must purchase and use only FSC or PEFC certified timber products.