Food security for a planet under pressure – and the challenges for Switzerland
Fact sheet Rio+20
Hunger and malnutrition are among the greatest challenges regarding human health and
sustainable development. Today, the number of hungry people in the world exceeds the combined
population of the USA, Canada and the European Union. All the same, the challenge of feeding
the world is considered to be achievable provided that the global community acts decisively.
Factsheets for a policy of sustainability
From 20 to 22 June 2012 presidents and prime ministers from all over the world will meet at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20. The name of the conference – Rio+20 – refers to the UN conference that took place in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) 20 years ago. The main target of the Rio+20 conference is to renew the political engagement for sustainable development. With regard to Rio+20 there will be a scientific preparatory conference entitled “Planet under Pressure” in London from 26 to 29 March 2012. There, representatives from politics and science will meet.
In view of this conference, the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) prepares factsheets in collaboration with Swiss researchers on topics relevant for Rio+20. The factsheets summarize the state of knowledge and give policy recommendations, both for the international level and Switzerland.