The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (commonly referred to as Rio+20) is set to take place in June 2012. The Second Session of the Preparatory Committee for the Conference (coverage available from IISD Reporting Services) was recently held in New York. It further clarified that the agenda of Rio+20 will largely focus on the so-called Green Economy. An excellent article by Jim Thomas (ETC Group) outlines what the Green Economy means in the context of multilateral environmental negotiations and the future of sustainable development. Read and share the article widely!