Does your country have a Rio+20 preparatory committee?
Portugal has a preparatory committee in the Council on Sustainable Development that includes several NGOs.
Has your country completed a sustainable development review?
Portugal is not conducting any additional reviews, because many reviews have already been done within the EU.
Is your country planning on announcing new initiatives at Rio?
Portugal plans on announcing initiatives concerning renewable energy with both Brazil and the United States along with initiatives concerning energy efficiency with Brazil. The nation is also interested in initiatives dealing with the oceans.
What is your vision for success at Rio+20?
Portugal feels that the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) needs to have universal membership and non-voluntary financing.
Portugal would also like major partners to propose voluntary commitments, because they feel that mandatory measures are very difficult to implement.
Portugal wants to see individual countries propose and submit their own plans. This process should empower countries as well as encourage the private sector.
Portugal believes that Rio+20 needs to produce concrete targets on oceans, fisheries, energy, and security.