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RIO+2.0: Bridging Connection Technologies and Sustainable Development

The Department of State, in close collaboration with the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, held a three day conference, Rio+2.0: Bridging Connection Technologies and Sustainable Development, at Stanford, from February 2-4, 2012. This unique gathering of more than 400 global policymakers, development practitioners and technology innovators was the principal U.S. Government event to prepare for the June United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20.

Rio+2.0 explored ways we can apply existing and cutting edge connection technologies, including the web, SMS and mobile phones, to advance sustainable development in the fields of health, the environment, agriculture and sustainable economic growth. Panel sessions examined the innovation culture, and the role of governments and civil society, in fostering innovation. As the source of many of the technologies and new ideas that have powered Silicon Valley for decades, Stanford was an ideal environment in which to explore innovations that will drive sustainable development.

Rio+2.0 was designed to help craft innovative and results-oriented solutions to development challenges using connection technologies. The United States intends to present the outcomes of this conference at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June.

Live streaming of many sessions will allow interested individuals worldwide to view conference proceedings. The Conference Page, Agenda, and Live Video Stream are available at:

Follow us on Twitter @StateDeptOES. Conference Twitter Hashtag: #USRio20

U.S. programs and policies for the June Rio+20 UN conference can be found at:


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