This United Nations flagship publication launched at the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012 aims to raise awareness on sustainability and green growth. The objective is to show renewed political commitment for sustainable development, while assessing progress to date. Sustainable development, which is seen as the guiding principle for long-term global development, consists of three pillars: economic development, social development and environmental protection. The publication addresses in detail seven priority areas for the Rio+20 conference: decent jobs, energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, water, oceans and disaster readiness. The articles in this publication come from various stakeholders, including governments, major groups and civil society organisations.