The Real Jardín Botánico Juan Carlos I (Alcalá de Henares) has just host a round-table meeting organized by the Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences (University of Alcalá) and the Environmental Sciences Association (ACA), with the participation of Carlos Jiménez from the United Nations; Cristina Narbona, former Spanish Environment Minister and member of the UN High-level Panel on Global Sustainability; Joaquín Nieto, Director of the International Labour Organization in Spain; and Roberto Ruiz, President of the Environmental Sciences Association (ACA).
The round-table was moderated by Rosa Vincente, Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, and attracted more than 150 participants, most of them students of the Faculty. The lack of progress since the Rio Summit (1992) has been disappointing and has encouraged everyone to work actively for the next Earth Summit Rio +20, officially known as the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, which will be held from June 20th to 22nd, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro. This summit is a new UN effort for the beginning of the millennium to build on the commitment of States and the world community to the great changes of this century. it will take place twenty years after the first historic summit in Rio de Janeiro and ten years after the Johannesburg meeting (2002).