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In June 2012, heads of state convened to finalize a policy framework on sustainable development called “The Future We Want” at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20). To date, this is the largest United Nations gathering ever held with over 12,000 government officials and over 10,000 representatives of major groups (United Nations Department of Public Information, 2012). The two main themes of the conference were a) “a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and 2) the institutional framework for sustainable development”(United Nations, 2011a). The conference attendees presented ways to redefine economic growth as inclusive and how the green economy can provide decent jobs. This document will guide international sustainable development for the next ten years. [Read more...]


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NOTICE IN COMPLIANCE WITH PUBLISHER POLICY: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Social Work following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version, Richard John Smith. "A Social Worker's Report from the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20)" Social Work (2013) 58 (4): 369-372. doi: 10.1093/sw/swt032, is available online at:

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