To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the cost of the UK delegation to the Rio+20 UN conference on sustainable development; and how this compares with the cost of the delegation to the previous conference in Helsinki held in May 2011.
The UK delegation at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) included representatives from several government departments, the devolved Administrations, businesses and non-governmental departments (NGOs). Each government department is covering its own costs, as are the devolved administrations, businesses and NGOs. Guidelines are in place for all government departments to ensure best value for money.
In addition to negotiating the final Rio+20 agreement, the delegation has also used the opportunity for many bilateral meetings with other nations and to boost British trade and growth opportunities. A final cost of Rio+20 will be published shortly.
The UK did not send any delegates to the meeting of the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability in Helsinki, held in May 2011. Defra does not have a representative on the panel, and key officials were attending other key meetings-such as the Conference for Sustainable Development No.19 (CSD 19) and Global Environment Facility (GEF)-during the same period.