Thursday, 7 June 2012

ANU Media Release on the Rio Delegation

ANU Media Release
News from The Australian National University


An ANU delegation will join 50,000 people from around the world at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, later this month.

The conference, nicknamed Rio+20, will be the largest international environment gathering in a decade. A group of 20 people from ANU, including students, researchers and general staff, will gather alongside heads of state, government negotiators, Nobel Laureates and non-governmental organisations from across the globe to attend workshops and seminars on sustainability issues.

Director of the delegation and ANU student, Julie Melrose, said that the trip provided a unique opportunity for students to gain real-life experience at an international conference and share their perspectives with the ANU community upon their return.

“Attending a conference of this magnitude is an incredibly enriching experience, where we will have the chance to meet a wide range of stakeholders from across government, business and civil society,” Ms Melrose said.

“The ANU Rio+20 Project brings together passionate young individuals in a team environment, empowering them to engage and contribute meaningfully to public policy debate on sustainable development.

“I hope the project will continue beyond Rio+20 and serve as an example of how students can influence national and international affairs.”

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from June 20 – 22.

The students will report on the conference via a live blog at 

For interviews and more information: Julie Melrose – 0405 683 450
For media assistance: Sarina Talip, ANU Media – 02 6125 7988 / 0416 249 241

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