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  • Rio+20 : China: Mobilizing Voluntary Stakeholder Contributions for an Inclusive Green Economy
    Guiyang City We have also invited Martin Lees former Secretary General of Club of Rome and Xu Kuangdi vice chairman of 10th Chinese People s Political Consultative Conference to share their insights Detailed programme The Chinese Association for International Understanding will cooperate with Chinese Academy of Engineering Chinese People s Institute of Foreign Affairs China NGO Network for International Exchanges UN Association of China Guiyang Municipal Government and etc to host a side event titled Greening the Chinese Economy Best Practices in Business and Government The impetus for this event is a deep belief and confidence in China s progress in shaping a more sustainable economy and alleviating poverty In this side event we will show several practices related to Chinese business and governing practices We have invited Wang Shi CEO of Wanke Architecture Company to introduce Wanke s experiences in incorporating green technologies into architecture design Ma Weihua CEO of China Merchants Bank will introduce their business practices including their green financing cases special financial products that aim to alleviate poverty and boost development in some poor regions of China We have also invited Lu Sicheng the director of the Green Innovation Center to introduce his group s endeavors in reducing the water pollution in Chinese rural areas We are also contacting Haier Company to bring their new environmentally friendly electrical appliances to the side event We have confirmed that Li Jun Party Secretary of Guiyang City Guizhou Province will talk about Guiyang s efforts in promoting sustainable development and reducing poverty Guiyang is one of the cities with the lowest GDP per capita in China and the local authority is particularly attentive to the opportunities of green economy We believe such presentations will be very beneficial to understanding China s contribution to the world s knowledge pool in terms of building green economy More importantly the interaction between business and local authorities will surely contribute to a more harmonious public private partnership Each of the presenters will have about ten minutes to share their experiences and practices Afterwards distinguished experts will briefly comment on the previous presentations and have detailed discussions with these practitioners on their efforts particularly how their business and governance modes can be perfected and promoted Confirmed guests include Ni Jian Secretary General of Chinese Association for International Understanding Zhu Dajian professor at Tongji University and the first scholar to introduce the theories of sustainable development into China Zhang Xinsheng the current Secretary General of Eco Forum Global and the former Chairperson of the Executive Board of UNESCO We have also invited Martin Lees former Secretary General of the Club of Rome and Xu Kuangdi vice chairman of 10th Chinese People s Political Consultative Conference These distinguished guests will be a great asset to a successful side event as well as to the Rio 20 Summit in general In the following 30 minutes attendees will be divided into roughly seven groups to discuss about the practices presented and the speakers will serve as mentor in

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  • Rio+20 : National Learning and Skills Strategies to Advance a Green Transition
    attention in several recent international flagship reports including the report of the Secretary General s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability Resilient People Resilient Planet A Future Worth Choosing 2012 the 2012 UNEP foresight report 21 Issues for the 21st Century 2012 the ILO report Skills for Green Jobs A Global View 2011 and the UN Environmental Management Group EMG report Working towards a Balanced and Inclusive Green Economy A United Nations System wide Perspective 2012 Detailed programme The proposed side event aims to identify good practices and lessons learned for enhancing country driven human resource and skills development to implement the outcome of the Rio plus 20 Conference and advance green climate resilient and sustainable development The event focuses specifically on opportunities for strategic approaches at the national level that facilitate cross sectoral integration strengthening of national learning institutions and ensuring stakeholder participation Questions for Discussion Taking into account experience gained through internationally supported initiatives to strengthen country capacities to support learning and skills development to advance a green and climate resilient transition the side event will feature an interactive discussion around the following questions 1 What are main reasons for prevailing human resource and skills gaps to advance green and climate resilient development 2 What are examples of internationally supported skills development initiatives that met country needs and achieved results What factors determined success Are there lessons learned of what should be avoided 3 How can learning be integrated into national processes and systems e g sectoral strategies Are their successful examples 4 What role can national education and training institutions play in delivering learning action What opportunities exist for South South North South triangular cooperation 5 What is needed to strengthen the Rio plus 20 outcome in these matters and influence the post 2015 discussions The discussion

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  • Rio+20 : Without Water There Is No Life - Educational Component
    future of love and peace Detailed programme Co chairs G Suzanne Stutman Ph D Penn State University Abington College First Vice President IHAN Dawn M Digrius Ph D Stevens Institute of Technology Michael Selfridge Representative of Association of World Citizens Director of Communications of Federation of World Peace and Love Panelists G Dr Dawn M Digrius Dr Suzanne Stutman Dr Sorosh Roshan Michael Selfridge N Natalia Savvedra Nadira Najib Vitoria Tauli Corpuz Jane Remson Billy Batware Dr Madan Bali The International Health Awareness Network is a non for profit organization affiliated with the Department of Public Information and ECOSOC of the United Nations for the last 20 years dedicated to improving the health and welfare of women and children particularly in the developing countries Every year we adopt a cause related to our mandate empowering through health and education cooperating with other NGOs and concerned citizens to make a small but important difference This year in collaboration with the United Nations Rio 20 we are proposing to organize a workshop in partnership with several ECOSOC affiliated NGOs on Health Issues related to clean water and sustainable development 2011 we have witnessed dramatic environmental changes across the globe The incessant demands for a better quality of life material abundances convenience infrastructures and economic development have depleted many resources as a result human beings are exposed to abnormally volatile climate patterns The global environment has worsened and has also been pushed to the limits of the natural capacity of mother earth Never in the history of mankind have we been so close to the brink of destruction so there is no historical reference to rely on It is therefore our collective decisions and actions that will determine the future of the human species Education is key to stimulating an appreciation for and

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  • Rio+20 : Sustainability Standards: Catalysing the Green Economy
    Mr Hans Peter Egler Head of Trade Promotion for the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs Mr Fábio Vaz de Lima State Secretary of Development Science Technology and Industry for Acre Province Brazil Mr Roberto Smeraldi co founder and director of Amigos da Terra Amazônia Brasileira Mr Joaquim Libanio Leite Export Director of Cooxupé Coffee Cooperative Brazil Mr Jon Samuel Anglo American s Head of Social Performance Detailed programme Thematic Focus Green Economy Partnerships Toolkits Sustainable Consumption and Production Background While the lead up to Rio 20 provides an opportunity to develop new incentives and strategies to drive sustainable development it also offers the chance to reflect on which of the existing sustainability tools and incentives currently in use have delivered genuine sustainability impact and deserve to be scaled up The organisations that support and endorse this proposal all maintain that sustainability standards systems and associated concepts certification and eco labelling have demonstrated that they are effective drivers of green growth and sustainable development and their further uptake should be encouraged and supported The strength of sustainability standards lies in the fact that they are market based tools that are built on multi stakeholder partnerships These partnerships bring together a diverse range of stakeholders to not only identify a sector s sustainability hotspots but more importantly to agree on a pathway for sector participants to improve their practices and thus encourage sustainable production Simultaneously standards certification and labelling also provide reliable benchmarks for supply chain buyers governments and consumers to make informed purchasing decisions and in this way steer sustainable consumption The Programme The morning s programme will be introduced by the Chairman of the Board of the ISEAL Alliance and CEO of the Union for Ethical Biotrade Mr Rik Kutsch Lojenga Mr Lojenga will briefly outline the role that credible sustainability standards can play in practically operationalising the concept of the Green Economy and then invite Mr Hans Peter Egler Head of Trade Promotion for the Swiss Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO to outline the main reasons why his government supports and endorses the use of sustainability standards The introduction will then be followed by four panellists who will briefly show how their organisation s use and endorsement of sustainability standards has contributed to positive sustainable development outcomes The rate of global deforestation has slowed over the last 10 years This shift in trend can be partly ascribed to the emergence of credible sustainable forest management certification schemes such as the Forest Stewardship Council FSC However FSC certification needs to be applied at a much greater scale to halt the decline of forests globally as per global biodiversity agreements In this context the forestry sector in Acre Brazil s westernmost state is considered an example of best practice when it comes to sustainable forest management and governance systems As part of our panel Mr Fábio Vaz de Lima State Secretary of Development Science Technology and Industry for Acre Province Brazil will share his government s approach to forest management and

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  • Rio+20 : Scaling-Up Agro-Ecological Food Production
    on the economic and environmental practicality of feeding the world through scaled up implementation of agro ecological food production methods Detailed programme EAA members and partners are deeply concerned that one billion people that are suffering from hunger and malnutrition today In a world where there is a sufficient amount of food to feed every human being hunger is due not to the physical limits of our planet but to the social limits we have chosen to produce share buy and sell food Nevertheless the challenge of feeding the world s growing population in a context of climate change will require action at multiple levels enhancing food production reducing food waste minimizing related greenhouse gas emissions and increasing justice in access to food and productive resources The right to food is a human right that protects the right of all human beings to live in dignity free from hunger food insecurity and malnutrition International human rights law requires that governments not take actions that result in increasing levels of hunger food insecurity and malnutrition It also requires governments to protect their citizens from the actions of powerful entities or practices that might violate the right to food and to invest in the eradication of hunger The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food has identified the urgent need to invest massively in types of agriculture that can resist the shocks of a changing climate and other harsh natural conditions which have direct consequences on the enjoyment of the right to food The Special Rapporteur has further identified agro ecology as a mode of agricultural development which not only shows strong conceptual connections with the right to food but has proven results for fast progress in the concretization of this human right for many vulnerable groups in various countries and environments Moreover the Independent Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge Science and Technology for Development IAASTD asserts that The way the world grows its food will have to change radically to better serve the poor and hungry if the world is to cope with a growing population and climate change while avoiding social breakdown and environmental collapse 2008 EAA recognizes that hunger is a matter of injustice There is also awareness that access to food cannot be guaranteed simply through technical approaches to increasing global production With a large percentage of the poor and marginalized making their livelihood from food production it is imperative that in meeting these production needs we look at food not only as a commodity but also something which gives adequate sustenance physical economic and cultural for those who produce it Scaling Up Agro Ecological Food Production will review the outcomes and benefits including increased yields and ecological social and economic sustainability of agro ecological food production methods as particularly evidenced in projects supported by our members and partners around the globe and explore how agro ecological food production is linked to the principles of the Right to Food It has been asserted by some that it is

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  • Rio+20 : Challenges for the Roma women in Europe
    organizer Romani CRISS Roma Centre for Social Intervention and Studies 11 30 13 00 Date 17 Jun 2012 Room P3 4 Challenges for the Roma women in Europe Organizing partners Romani CRISS Roma Center for Social Intervention and Studies Health Mediators Association Zurale Romnia Introduction Women belonging to the Roma minority face multiple discrimination particularly in the field of education health employment or participation in public and political life There is a strong concern regarding the lack of efficient solutions addressing the situation of Roma women and children especially in order to reduce the poverty level Roma women are characterised by very early marriages birth of the first child in juvenile age and following births with short intervals in between Premature births are risk factors for severe congenital disorders high child mortality in the first year of life and high mother mortality Detailed programme Roma are the main poverty risk groups in many of the countries of Central and Eastern Europe The employment rate among the Roma population in Romania is much lower than the majority population at national level 47 in comparison to 61 7 There are four times more Roma housewives than majority women which indicate the low participation in the labour market of Romani Women The higher level of unemployment among Romani women 37 1 than among Romani men 15 3 can also reflect the lower access to education and qualifications that Romani women suffer A study of the UNDP Faces of Poverty Faces of Hope shows that 35 of the Romani women in Romania aged between 25 54 are unemployed four times more than majority women 60 of the Romanian Roma are living in extreme poverty These differences are the result of low levels of education lack or poor professional training and discrimination by the employers

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  • Rio+20 : TOWARDS GREEN ECONOMY: PERSPECTIVES, BENEFITS, CONCERNS - RUSSIAN P
    Informal Consultations Regional Member States Major Groups Bureau United Nations IGOs Information Lead organizer Eco Accord 11 30 13 00 Date 17 Jun 2012 Room T 3 TOWARDS GREEN ECONOMY PERSPECTIVES BENEFITS CONCERNS RUSSIAN P Organizing partners Organizers Eco Accord EECCA Network on Trade and Sustainable Development Volgograd Ecopress European Eco Foprum Rainbow Youth for Environment and Sustainable Development Introduction Russia plays an important role in maintaining stability of the planet It is the largest country 12 of the total land area and the world s largest undisturbed by economic activity area 60 65 of the country Russia holds the largest share of the world forests 22 13 of oil 34 of gas 12 of coal 27 of iron ore These resources are a storehouse for the development of the global economy However large scale of its extraction would inevitably have a negative impact on the planet ecological balance In Russia there are unique ecosystems that preserve rare species of flora and fauna which are the planetary domain The Russian economy is the fourth largest in the world in terms of greenhouse gas emissions Besides the role of Russia in the global economy and politics is growing All these factors determine the important role Russia can play in the transition to sustainable development globally Detailed programme At this side event different stakeholders governmental officials representatives of business non governmental organizations private sector and academia will share their opinion on progress on the way to sustainable development in Russia during last 20 year and discuss the following issues benefits obstacles and concerns related to transition to green economy in Russia policy reforms and institutional reforms at the national level are need for greening the Russian economy and society reforms in international economic and trade system for transition to green economy role

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  • Rio+20 : WWF: Sustainable And Affordable Access To Energy-From Field To Policy
    and entrepreneurship in the given context of energy access in the three selected countries India Uganda and Madagascar Detailed programme For decades achieving energy access has been a key development goal and one where significant resources have been marshalled and varied models of progress have been attained Yet access to basic energy remains an elusive dream for billions across the globe particularly in South Asia and Sub Saharan Africa International Energy Agency estimates that even today 1 3 billion people do not have access to reliable electricity Certainly we need course correction and infusion of the strongest rules and global agreements to fill the gap in servicing this basic human need Sustainable Energy is central to every challenge and opportunity the world faces today Rio 20 provides a chance to realise this opportunity and bring together the three dimensions of sustainable development the environmental the social and the economic Ensuring that the energy which is being provided is also clean and sustainable is crucial to factor in keeping in mind the reality of climate change and deforestation It is important that the provision of energy does not deteriorate the state of the planet and stress on finite resources The twin goals of universal energy access and environmental sustainability can be achieved in the interest of the world particularly the poorest and most vulnerable communities while keeping within environmental limits Rio 20 is an important platform to achieve strong national and global commitment towards attaining sustainable energy for all by exerting political will promote transfer of technologies identify sources of finance and private investments ensure reliability of energy access for local industry and business to support economic development The side event will show success stories from the field and demonstration projects that depict energy access models complemented by presentations from governments on related policies thus creating a link between field work and national policy The chosen case studies will be from India Uganda and Madagascar field sites where WWF can show success In showing the way from pilots to policy stakeholders in different countries will come on as partners and add their perspectives of policy governance technology and entrepreneurship in the given context of energy access in the three selected countries India V the Sundarbans WWF India and the West Bengal Rural Energy Development Agency will showcase their common energy access projects and related policies showcasing how regionally energy access can be achieved This will also include new commitments and projects for energy access to be carried out jointly between WWF India and the West Bengal authorities providing access to clean energy for 12 000rural households in remote fringe areas SELCO Solar Pvt Ltd will provide perspectives on scaling up energy access through innovation entrepreneurship and social ventures Case studies will include a range of ideas that SELCO have developed and incubated in collaboration with community groups research centres academic institutions and financial institutions Madagascar As part of promoting a sustainable energy vision for the country and in addition to its

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