First impressions

HRH Prince Philippe of Belgium with European commissioner Connie Hedegaard

José Manuel Barroso,
President European Commission

HRH Prince Philippe of Belgium with minister Steven Vanackere

Thank you guests and delegates for participating at BSDS 2012.



Entitled “Bringing the Rio+20 Agenda To Life”, BSDS 2012 spread over two days and discussed concrete ways to extend sustainable actions and partnerships in the context of a multi-faceted, systemic crisis and a renewed global agenda for sustainable development after the Rio+20 Conference of June 2012. The Summit opened with thematic workshops, which were preceded by online discussions open to all stakeholders – the “BSDS Dialogues”. The BSDS Dialogues led into a political dialogue based on some of the recommendations gathered from the participating stakeholders. The Summit concluded with an outreach event discussing key issues in the post-Rio+20 context.

As part of the commitment of the co-organisers to use BSDS as a constructive channel between grassroots stakeholders, experts and policy-makers, the outcomes of the Summit is feeding the on-going consultation process of the European Commission – DG Environment on “Ensuring Sustainable development globally: EU Follow-up to Rio+20”.

Based on this first experience the co-organisers are already working on the next edition of what is now calle dthe European Sustainable Development Summit (ESDS), with the objective to make the Summit a more attractive platform and constructive initiative in our common efforts to build a better and more sustainable world.

 Next event

 Organised by:

 Go to the VITO website

 Go to the TERI website

 Co-organised by:

Go to the FCA website

Go to the Climate Group website


 In collaboration with:

Go to the Creative Strategies website

 Go to the nrg4SD website

Go to the EDF website