On Monday 18 June, CA joined other higher education for sustainability organisations (such as EAUC, ACTS, AASHE, GUNi, KACI, CEE, EuroMed) and hosted an offifical side event at the Rio+20 Conference.

The event was opened by Prof Sir Bob Watson, Chief Scientific Advisor for Defra (UK) and brought together tertiary education associations, government delegates and student body representatives from across the world, to explore and agree pathways for change in context of the critical role that universities and colleges play in building a sustainable future. Prof Daniella Tilbury took part of the panel representing the COPERNICUS Alliance. Dr Clemens Mader represented the Austrian Government. The People´s Sustainability Treaty on Higher Education was presented at this event. The Treaty was very well received by participants of the event.