On August 26, 2002, the World Summit on Sustainable Development was convened in Johannesburg, South Africa. The was the second “Earth Summit,” following the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992. The conference is most often nicknamed “Rio+10.” (The 2012 Earth Summit, held in Rio again, is nicknamed “Rio+20”.)
 
The focus of Rio+10 was sustainable development. Sustainable development is the process of human construction, growth, and consumption that can be maintained with minimal damage to the natural environment
 
The outcomes of Rio+10 were unlike other international agreements. Most agreements did not involve treaties between nations, but were instead programs developed between businesses, environmental coalitions, and community groups.
business
Noun

sale of goods and services, or a place where such sales take place.

community
Noun

group of organisms or a social group interacting in a specific region under similar environmental conditions.

conference
Noun

meeting for discussion.

construction
Noun

arrangement of different parts.

consumption
Noun

process of using goods and services.

convene
Verb

to assemble or come together.

environment
Noun

conditions that surround and influence an organism or community.

environmental coalition
Noun

group of people or organizations who are united in defense of the environment or an environmental issue.

maintain
Verb

to continue, keep up, or support.

minimal
Adjective

the lowest or least.

Noun

political unit made of people who share a common territory.

outcome
Noun

result.

summit
Noun

meeting or conference of top leaders.

sustainable development
Noun

human construction, growth, and consumption that can be maintained with minimal damage to the natural environment.

treaty
Noun

official agreement between groups of people.