Some terms and acronyms you often read here:
Rio +20: alternative name for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, its acronym in English). Will be held 20 years after the ECO-92, pioneering conference of the United Nations on the environment held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
UNCSD: abbreviation for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio +20.
CFSC: Civil Society’s Facilitating Committee for Rio +20, the group responsible for organizing the People’s Summit.
GA: Coordination Group, which coordinates the CFSC.
Rio WG: CFSC ‘s Rio de Janeiro’s Working Group, responsible for carrying out activities and preparatory meetings of the People’s Summit in the city that will host the event.
COP: Conference of the Parties, the supreme organ of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC, the acronym in English). The COP meets annually since 1955, in Berlin.
UNFCCC: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which establishes a general framework for countries that recognize climate change and its adverse effects as a common concern of humankind.
G20: Group of 20, a forum formed by financial ministries and central banks from 19 countries and the European Union. It was established in 1999 in response to the financial crisis of the late 1990s and a growing recognition that the emerging markets of certain countries were not included in the center of discussions on governance and the global economy.
G77: Group of 77, the largest UN intergovernmental organization that promotes links between the countries of the “South” and its collective economic interests on major issues within the UN system, and promote South-South cooperation for development. Today, the group has 131 members, but its original name was retained.
Major Groups: as identified in Agenda 21 of Rio 92 they are women, children and youth, indigenous, non-governmental organizations, local authorities, workers and trade unions, business and industry, scientific and technological community and farmers.
LDC: Least Developed Country, UN term to designate countries with lower rates of development.
REDD: Acronym in English for “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation”, a concept referring to the UN mechanism to pay countries that reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by reducing deforestation and environmental degradation. REDD + is an extension of the original concept which also includes activities of conservation, sustainable management of forests and increasing their inventories in developing countries.
SDG: Acronym in English for “Sustainable Development Goals”, proposed for measuring sustainable development actions which should be part of discussions on Rio +20.
WSF: World Social Forum, a space for democratic debate of ideas, reflective thinking, formulate proposals, share experiences and articulation of social movements, networks, NGOs and other civil society organizations. It is held every two years.
FST: Thematic Social Forum. International character of the WSF, but in order to deepen discussions on certain areas and / or discuss specific issues considered priorities by the WSF International Council.