22 June 2012
The Rio+20 Global Town Hall ended on 22 June 2012 with the Cities Day in the Rio Conventions Pavilion and Rio+20 Balance in the Rio State Pavilion. At Rio+20 Balance, co-facilitated by ICLEI, local and sub-national government associations presented the concluding messages from the previous days of discussions and negotiations to the world and to the Rio+20 conference.
The Cities Day discussed the characteristics of an ideal sustainable city by way of a documentary and visioning exercise. It saw a distinguished panel of political leaders representing local governments who discussed the contributions of local initiatives to global sustainability and gave three recommendations for effecting positive societal change to be put forward to the international community. The second part of the Cities Day was comprised by a panel of technical experts from various sectors who drew from their rich experiences to explore the practicalities of sustainable urban development.