Rio+20: 1st World Summit of Legislators Launched in Rio

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Former President Lula Addressing the GLOBE Brasilia Legislators Forum 2008

With the support of the United Nations, Government of Brazil and the Mayor of Rio the 1st World Summit of Legislators was today launched at a ceremony at the Palace of the Mayor of Rio de Janiero.

Former President Lula Addressing the GLOBE Brasilia Legislators Forum 2008

The Mayor of Rio de Janiero, Eduardo Paes, today held a formal ceremony with the President of GLOBE International, Rt Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben, senior Members of the Brazilian Senate and Congress to jointly announce the 1st World Summit of Legislators.  The Legislators Summit will convene in Rio from the 15th-17th June 2012 just ahead of the leaders Summit.  

At the launch the United Nation Secretary General, BAN Ki-moon, sent a video message welcoming this important initiative and recognising the key role of legislators.  He said:

‘Parliamentarians have a profound influence.  You enact legislation. You approve budgets.  You are at the heart of democratic governance.’

 BAN Ki-Moon

Secretary General of the United Nations

Former Vice President of the Brazilian Senate, Senadora Serys Slhessarenko, Ambassador for the Legislators Summit was joined at the launch by GLOBE Brazil President Senator Cicero Lucena, 1st Secretary of the Senate of Brazil, as well as GLOBE Brazil Vice President, Senator Rollemburg, President of the Commission of Environment, Senator Ciro Nogueira, and Deputy Jandira Feghali.

The Rt Hon Lord Deben said that it was essential that Rio+20 is a success for Brazil and President Dilma. He said:  ‘Brazil has the potential to reignite the vision of the original Rio Summit that met there twenty years ago. Under President Dilma an ambitious agenda could be forged that would bring world leaders together in Rio next year not to talk – but to commit. We need to agree a set of specific measures that would change the way we run our economies. He believes that President Dilma has a unique opportunity to recast the international process and confirmed that legislators would be a key part of delivering this agenda.’

GLOBE Secretary General, Adam Matthews, said: `This will be the first time a World Summit of Legislators will have taken place. This GLOBE event will add a new and important dynamic to the international process that will both drive international commitments into national legislation and also serve to scrutinise the delivery of the commitments that governments make. I am delighted that former Vice President of the Senate of Brazil, Senadora Serys Slhessarenko, will become the Ambassador to the Summit. She will have a key role in close coordination with the Brazilian Senate and Congress and the Mayor of Rio in working with the Brazilian government and Lord Deben to deliver this unique endeavor.´

For further information please contact GLOBE’s Secretary General, Adam Matthews, at:

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