The consultation paper sets out the main areas the government considers to be of immediate environmental importance and which will require action in the near future.
Commenting on the consultation paper, environment secretary John Gummer said:
'We need to bring a sense of urgency and shared responsibility to the environmental challenges we face.
'The special session is a unique opportunity to bring renewed political momentum to the Rio process, and I want the UK to continue to play a leading role.
'The UK government would like to maintain the forward looking participatory approach which characterised Rio and its follow-up.
'This consultation paper is part of that process. We are working closely with a wide range of organisations outside government, and with colleagues in the European Union to ensure that the special session results in a clear agenda for future international action.