The scale of multilateral organisations can be seen in this photograph of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992. Held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and sometimes known as the Earth Summit, the conference was attended by representatives of 172 countries, including 108 heads of state, alongside 2,400 representatives of non-government organisations. The Climate Change Convention agreed to here became the basis for the Kyoto Protocol, which set targets for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for developed countries.
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United Nations Photo
Photograph by M. Tzovaras
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