Summit Watch

98 presidents and prime ministers will be addressing crowds in Rio at the Earth Summit June 20-22. We hope that our world leaders stand up to the challenges facing them in generating action towards sustainability. You can watch all these speeches live using the UN webcast. Check back after the summit for a recap of what these leaders said and to hold them accountable to these promises.

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How Does It Work?

Earth Summit Watch has already begun contacting governments to get answers to a handful of fundamental questions about their individual preparations. Earth Summit Watch highlights these responses so you can see how your country is doing when compared to its competitors and neighbors. We are starting to gather examples of positive leadership for Rio, but many governments still need to step up their efforts.

How Can I Help?

There is very little time left to generate the political will to ensure that the Rio+20 Earth Summit will be a success. It is important that elected leaders hear from their constituents about the importance of environmental protection. Please click here to write your head of state and be a voice for the future.

We are also seeking “Summit-Watchers” – civil society organizations around the world who want to contribute information on what their own country is doing to prepare for Rio. Find your country and let us know what you find out. Printable versions of the survey are available for download here: English and Spanish

Earth Summit Watch Partners

Natural Resources Defense Council

The Natural Resources Defense Council is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization with more than 1.3 million members and online activists. Since the 1972 UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, NRDC has actively engaged in a range of international sustainability issues, including climate change and energy, oceans, governance, and developing the green economy. Learn more about NRDC's priorities for the Earth Summit at

Road to Rio+20

Road to Rio+20 is a coalition of organizations, weaving together a global youth-led movement to realize the potential of the Earth Summit 2012. Road to Rio+20 aims to motivate, inspire, engage and support young people to take action on issues of sustainable development and influence the outcomes of Rio+20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development. Learn more at

Stakeholder Forum

Stakeholder Forum is an international organisation working to advance sustainable development and promote democracy at a global level. Stakeholder Forum played a key role in the preparations for and follow-up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 and is the organization leading on global stakeholder engagement and outreach towards Earth Summit 2012. Learn more at