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  • Rio+20 : Agricultural transition - into a viable food future
    water resources improve livelihoods and provide employment for billions of people produce enough good and nutritious food for 9 billion people or more Examples of sustainable food systems and lessons learned from transition into such systems will be presented Leader of farmers organizations and international institutions will together with scientists and activists discuss how a transition into a viable food future can happen Detailed programme Long description The side event will focus on the urgent need to transform unsustainable agriculture and food systems and how to make such transition into a viable food future We need agricultural production and food systems which can drastically reduce poverty reduce climate change and cool the planet restore biodiversity soil fertility and water resources improve livelihoods and provide employment for billions of people produce enough good and nutritious food for 9 billion people or more Background Almost 50 of the greenhouse gas emissions come from agricultural production land use change processing packing and transport of food Industrial agriculture and other forms of unsustainable practices have also caused dramatic loss of biodiversity and soil fertility and overuse of water Almost one billion people suffer from hunger Every day about 30 000 people die of hunger and hunger related causes Most of them are small scale food producers and their families Unhealthy food and diets cause obesity heart diseases and type 2 diabetes affecting 2 billion people and serious pandemics are likely to occur in the near future Resilient and sustainable modes of food production exist They have evolved and adapted for millennia in traditional forms of agriculture and are more relevant than ever as viable tools in preserving the natural resources eradicate hunger and reduce unemployment worldwide Combined with latest science on sustainable forms of production they can create the viable food future we need But the existing wealth of knowledge of small scale food producers has gone unnoticed unsupported even marginalized and ignored Potential outcome for UNCSD Rio 20 Policy recommendations Steps for transforming unsustainable food systems into sustainable Input to what a green economy should be for agriculture Looking forward for solutions and ways to shift towards more viable future The side event will Show that agroecological and other forms of sustainable agriculture is widely practiced and can nourish the people of the planet preserve and improve the environment play a major role in combatting climate change create employment and livelihoods for billions of people if supported and promoted Present lessons learned on the ground from farmers transforming into agroecological and other forms of sustainable agriculture Present and debate what kind of policies and actions are needed for agricultural transition to make agroecological and other kind of sustainable agriculture the dominant mode of agriculture Contribute to build a global movement for agricultural transition into a viable food future New knowledge information and proposals for the way forward Four new tools for agricultural transition will be launched at the side event Agricultural transition report a new publication which highlights the conditions and paths towards

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  • Rio+20 : African Young Scientist Initiative on Climate Change and IKS
    Change and sustainable development Detailed programme The Initiative to participate at RIO 20 is based on the rationale that African countries face twofold challenges under changing climatic conditions and their poverty situation They have to counter the adverse effects of climate change while at the same time often lagging behind in terms of agricultural productivity and hence food security Yet many African countries and communities have a lot to offer with regard to climate change adaptation and mitigation In terms of the reduction of Green House Gases GHG emissions respectively African countries could safeguard carbon sinks through sustainable agriculture and rangeland management On the issue of adaptation and risk response African local communities have for centuries developed various Indigenous Knowledge Systems IKS of coping with climate change In the context of this climate change initiative African Indigenous Knowledge Systems include knowledge of early warning systems e g through the behaviours of living organisms the monitoring of short term weather cycles as well as long term experiences with climatic variability and use of appropriate livestock breeds plant varieties and resource management practices such as mixed cropping practices which involve the cultivation of different types of crops including root crops cassava sweet potatoes on the same piece of land that could be harvested at different periods of the year ensuring food security and maintaining soil fertility throughout the year African IKS form one of the significant sources of locally and culturally accepted climate change adaptation and mitigation measures which are accessible and hence ensure sustainability They also have a high potential for contributing to the global body of knowledge on climate change adaptation and mitigation if properly documented and affirmed validated and shared Most of the African indigenous knowledge on climate change adaptation and mitigation is resident in older members of the

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  • Rio+20 : The Role of Climate Induced Displacement in Socio-economic Development
    significantly lower long term average Global models predict sea levels rising from about 0 1 to 0 3 meters by the year 2050 and from about 0 1 to 0 9 meters by 2100 In the case of extreme scenarios 0 5 12 millions are expected to be displaced in Egypt alone It will be critical for the governments plan to answer and prioritize these new threats from more multi dimensional scenarios in order to keep social and political stability Detailed programme Thematic focus Clearly much displacement can be caused by economic pressures such as decreasing agricultural yields for example due to lack of water cyclical droughts capitalization of agricultural assets lack of national investments in modernizing agricultural processes and general lack sustainability for rural dwellers Climatic changes will then be the trigger point escalating other environmental problems leading to a situation where people are forced to flee from their homes However the issue of displacement for socio economic reasons is complex and a well known phenomenon but it is not always directly linked to how people cope with the medium and long term impacts of climate variability Furthermore it is virtually impossible to isolate one single cause of climate induced displacement it is highly unlikely create a correct mix of causes There is therefore a clear need to understand how disaster risk reduction measures and climate change adaptation measures or the lack thereof cause displacement for the people and communities at risk Considering that natural disaster induced displacement undermine development goals and jeopardize investments made RAED will advocate for a particularly vulnerable to and are experiencing increased negative impacts from climate change which is severely undermining food security and efforts to eradicate poverty and also threatens the territorial integrity which is called for in the zero draft 88 89 of the RIO 20 outcomes The side event will high light the following specific areas a Call for policy change The obvious challenge for any Government related to climate induced displacement will be to organize alternative space for people from delta regions and to ensure work opportunities so they can earn a living existing rural urban migration patterns Climate and environmental change do play a role in displacement and the true impacts on displaced communities will only be assessed based on where they are able to resettle and how they are received In the phase of re settlement and finding durable solutions will other factors such as the availability of non farm employment and crop insurance access to irrigation fertilizer and drought resistant seeds governments drought relief policies social protection programmes education and heath care systems play a major role In terms of host communities the impacts of climate change related displacement are expected to affect all sectors including health employment and urban planning In spite of its growing importance this global theme lacks political leadership Both states in the Arab region and the international community have largely failed to systematically include these concerns in policy and practice The Arab

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  • Rio+20 : Sustaining the Gains of Philippine Agenda 21
    the need to encourage sustainable consumption and production patterns as a tool and mechanism to achieve sustainable development The side event shall also serve as a venue to share results of the partnership of UNEP and the Philippine Government on SCP and GE Detailed programme In preparation for the Rio 20 Conference the Philippine has taken pro active steps to take stock of its SD initiatives in the past 20 years as a way towards outlining the way forward for SD in the country This will be the over all theme of the side event which will be organized in two parts i Presentation 2 presentors and ii Open Forum The first presentation will be on the topic Assessment of the Philippine Agenda 21 PA 21 The PA 21 is the country s blueprint for sustainable development and a translation of Agenda 21 in the national context It envisions a better quality of life for all through the development of a just moral creative spiritual economically vibrant caring diverse yet cohesive society characterized by appropriate productivity participatory and democratic processes and living in harmony within the limits of the carrying capacity of nature and the integrity of creation 2012 also marks the 15th year anniversary of PA 21 The PA 21 topic will be presented by Philippine Council for Sustainable Development PCSD The PCSD is a multi stakeholder body which provides policy advice to appropriate bodies on sustainable development issues of national interest It is convened to ensure the implementation of the country s commitments in light of UNCED commitments and assure the integration of the interplay of social economic and environmental concerns in the Philippine national policies plans and programs involving all sectors of the society The PCSD is currently chaired by the Minister of the National Economic and

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  • Rio+20 : Climate Change and SD in Ethiopia : Role of Civil Society
    Ethiopia PHE Ethiopia Consortium Ethiopia Sustainable Land Use Forum Ethiopia Introduction Ethiopia is one of the countries which are severely affected by the impacts of climate change which is hindering the country s efforts to eradicate poverty and develop sustainably The country is currently undertaking several efforts to wade of the problems including the initiation of the Climate Resilient Green Economy CRGE strategy Civil society in Ethiopia in recent past have been addressing the issue of climate change to a greater extent thereby also supporting the initiatives of the government Apart from individual organizations civil society coalitions have been formed eg ECSNCC HoA REN PHE Consortia etc to address the issues pertaining to climate change The side event will address the role and contribution of civil society in addressing climate change impacts The panel will also bring out specific case studies and future opportunities for CSOs in Ethiopia Detailed programme The side event will focus on climate change and sustainable development issues from Ethiopia including Green Economy Institutional Framework Energy Climate Smart Agriculture Population etc The event will also focus specifically on the Civil Society contribution to the discourse and activities related to the subject matter in Ethiopia Furthermore case studies depicting the outcomes of certain activities will be shared with the participants on a range of issues The side event will be in the mode of a panel discussion with short interventions but with elaborate discussion amongst the participants The panelists are from several civil society organizations and universities in Ethiopia and have been involved in the discourse for quite some time The following are issues which the panel members will be dealing with Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Ethiopia Araya Asfaw Introduction and moderator Green Economy and Sustainable Development in Ethiopia Alabachew Adem Financing Climate Change Adaptation

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  • Rio+20 : Exclusive Movie Preview "No Fight - No Victory" - Thematic Event on "From Production To Consumption - Towards A Sustainable Food System"
    to find its own strategy Together with journalist Sara Abreu Mata Machado the film takes us around the world to see the hopeful developments eradicating hunger through the eyes of the people Sara meets It becomes very clear to arrive at a truly sustainable agriculture and food system we need to transform the food value chains from production to consumption Detailed programme The world is facing an unprecedented challenge of providing sufficient high quality food to nourish a global population that will peak at more than 9 billion by 2050 This is exacerbated by several factors including climate change resource depletion loss of biological diversity growing food insecurity nutrition deficiency marginalization of smallholder farmers the diminishing area of agricultural land desertification land degradation and drought The need for improving the environmental and social performance of agriculture is underscored by the accelerating depletion of non renewable resources the overutilization of renewable resources e g agriculture uses 70 of all freshwater withdrawals and their regenerative capacity the annual generation of more than a third of the planet s global greenhouse gas emissions the widening gap between the Millennium Development Goals about hunger and poverty and the actual hunger and poverty situation the inefficient use of crops as feed and biofuels and the enormous inefficiencies in food use as post harvest food losses and waste along the entire food chain account for at least one third of all the food produced in the world To arrive at a truly sustainable agriculture and food system it is needed to look at the entire food value chain from production to consumption The thematic focus of this event lies on transformative approaches to agriculture and the food value chain that governments and Rio 20 can adopt to Strengthen sustainable agricultural production with a focus on access

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  • Rio+20 : Get mad and do something about it! Youth as initiators for change
    of the environmental hurdles facing younger generations and then present solutions such as alternative lifestyles green business ideas green growth and new ideas for institutional infrastructure that are currently being implemented by youth or in the near future Youth recognize that there is little time to despair and even less time to wait Peace Child International s Green Economy Eco Business Innovation Challenge GEEBIZ Initiative funded by the Government of Denmark is cosponsoring this event with the Temple of Understanding Gender Progress Consortium Zero Waste Institute Brazil AIESEC Joinville Government of the City of Porto Alegre Interfaith Consortium for Ecological Civilization ICEC Youth are inheriting a planet that is suffering deeply due to human mismanagement and degradation of its precious resources and ecosystems Right now Bangladesh is slowing going under rising sea levels in a similar situation the leaders of the Pacific Island Nation Kiribati are considering buying land in Fiji so that their population will have a place to move to when the ocean covers their island In Greece and Spain youth are at the center of protests against their government s economic and political policies which have left them largely disadvantaged Across the world members of all age groups though primarily youth have mobilized to occupy The protest of occupy is extensive and nuanced but their asks are simple stop employing systems that are damaging the global populace and harming the earth in the process This panel will explore three different areas 1 First the panel will recognize the anger that so many youth are feeling Anger is not a negative emotion but can become so quickly We must be honest with our anger and channel it so that it can lead to positive change As youth we must ask what practical things can we do to claim power and subvert a system that does not favor us 2 This panel will find answers to the question What practical things can youth do to create lasting change Thousands of youth around the world are currently engaged in political and technological projects that include green business startups green economy transition strategies new approaches to governance and security and taxation all of which have the potential to transform their societies We as youth are incredibly inventive and our imagination impose no limits This panel will highlight the achievements and the innovations of youths It will chronicle what led to their success while exploring their stories and innovations The panel will then seek to use these examples to empower and inspire other youth and their communities to follow suit across the globe Social media will also be examined as an instigator for transformational change in a way that has never been done before in history and the potential it holds for empowering innovative youth worldwide in order to have a bigger impact in their communities 3 Lastly the panel will explore the environmental danger of some green projects being implemented around the world in the name of environment For example in

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  • Rio+20 : Indigenous and Local Communities and the Private Sector
    international companies In this event the NRSC in cooperation with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity Associacao Sociocultural Yawanawa and Tribal Link Foundation will share experiences from the field and engage the audience in an open dialogue on the development of guidelines and the next steps forward Detailed programme Context The Convention on Biological Biodiversity was opened to signature at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 This Convention represents a dramatic step forward for biodiversity 193 countries committed jointly to pursue 3 main objectives the conservation of biodiversity the sustainable use of its elements and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources This makes the CD is almost universal convention Beyond regulatory constraint the fair and equitable sharing goal refers to a real change in global biodiversity policy which places the developing world and specifically communities at the heart of achieving conservation and sustainable use More broadly it recognizing the holistic value of biodiversity including economic but also cultural and spiritual values The Convention on Biological Diversity also set in place an innovative framework of sustainable governance between countries as well as other stakeholders including industry value chains from the sourcing to the end user Common standards of ethical and sustainable sourcing practices demand a high level of accountability from companies across industries It also requires that companies rethink their relationship and responsibility to biodiversity and indigenous and local communities and more broadly actively contribute to attribute a fairer value to biodiversity List of Speakers Viviana Figeuroa AssociateProgramme Officer Traditional Knowledge Innovations and Practice Social Economic and Legal Matters Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity Elise Rebut representing the Natural Resources Stewardship Circle Claude Fromageot Sustainability Manager Yves Rocher TashkaYawanawa Chief of the Yawanawa Community Brazil Pamela Kraft Executive Director Tribal Link Foundation Interactive Dialogue The aim of the side event is to concretely explain how the principles of the Convention on Biological Diversity can be translated to the field and how indigenous and local communities and business players can envisage constructive synergies The side event will also be a place to share common experiences and point of views of different stakeholders inviting all the participants to join this common reflection and to favour the building of new connections between them Partners Viviana Figueroa is Associate Programme Officer Traditional Knowledge Innovations and Practice Social Economic and Legal Matters Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity Since joining the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity CBD in 2009 Viviana has been involved with projects related to traditional knowledge such as capacity building for indigenous peoples from latinoamerica and caribbean region with a focus on article 8 j and article 15 of the CBD Before joining the CBD Viviana worked at an indigenous organization in Argentina where she conducted research on traditional knowledge issues The Natural Resources Stewardship Circle NRSC is an association of 20 cosmetic and perfume companies aiming to improve the sustainability of their vegetal sourcing For the very

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