United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED)

The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Rio Conference or the Earth Summit (Portuguese: ECO92), was a major United Nations conference held in Rio de Janeiro from June 3 to June 14, 1992.
An important achievement of the summit was an agreement on the Climate Change Convention which in turn led to the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. Another agreement was to “not to carry out any activities on the lands of indigenous peoples that would cause environmental degradation or that would be culturally inappropriate”.

The Earth Summit resulted in the following documents:

  • Rio Declaration on Environment and Development
  • Forest Principles
    Moreover, important legally binding agreements (Rio Convention) were opened for signature:
  • Convention on Biological Diversity
  • Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

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