Attaining expertise and disseminating information between CVICUS members and the United Nations Division of Sustainable Development at the Rio+20 Conference

In May 2012 CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation Outreach Director Henri Valot conducted a formal interview with the for the Division of Sustainable Development at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the Head of the Rio +20 Secretariat, Mr. Nikhil Seth. The purpose of the interview was to attain valuable knowledge from the organization about the upcoming Rio +20 Conference that is to take place between the 20- 22 June this year in Brazil. Mr. Seth responded to a myriad of questions concerning his aspirations for the conference with regards to the current challenges being face at the UN, the relationship between the SDGs and MDGs in the post 2015 agenda, and finally his opinion on the significance of civil society organizations at the Rio +20 conference this year. Mr. Seth’s responses were viewed with optimism, which serves as an interesting point of departure to the fast approaching negotiations ahead.