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  • Rio+20 : Fair Ideas: Sharing solutions for a sustainable planet
    this event see www fairideas org for more information We will highlight major opportunities to learn from existing practice and to shift to new patterns of behaviour These will focus on two main UNCSD issues ways to ensure SD Goals are grounded in specific experience and work at national and local levels and ways in which a green economy approach makes sense for low income countries and people Detailed programme Fair ideas will focus on 3 linked themes with a focus under each on practical ways in which Sustainable Development Goals could work for specific countries and sectors Urbanisation that improves lives Around 95 of global population growth over the next 20 years will take place in cities in Asia Africa and Latin America This presents major challenges but also opportunities to shape a process of rapid change in ways that move these urban centres and their populations towards more efficient use of resources and a fairer distribution of assets Fair Ideas will focus on practitioners and their networks in identifying significant examples of good practice and how wider change can be supported Business models for sustainability The private sector is pivotal to social progress and stability in most of the world from multinational companies to informal economic structures But there is much in the dominant models for businesses which fails to promote sustainability or treats environmental and social issues as peripheral to profit generation Fair ideas will identify examples of far sighted good practice from a range of sectors which can be replicated and learnt from it will also generate a dialogue on the corporate model and how it could be transformed over the coming decade Attention will also be given to the roles played by small scale producers in market structures and how these can be given more voice in policy and practice Transforming economic systems for people and planet From global to local levels we face increasing challenges in achieving stable and resilient ecological systems while also improving the lives of poor people Fair ideas will explore examples of relevant experience around the world from payments for environmental services schemes including REDD to models for accounting and measuring wealth It will also assess how the international system can promote improved equity in distribution of benefits and reduced human impact on ecological systems Speakers during 3 panel sessions on these themes will include Student representative from PUC to give a young person s perspective on the challenges faced and best bets for tackling them Pavan Sukhdev Yale University to talk about models for business which prioritise delivery of public goods as well as private profit Senior Costa Rican Danish and Nepalese government representatives to introduce instruments developed at national level to integrate environmental issues into planning and practice and to reflect on how SDGs could fit with existing frameworks for action Professor Bob Watson Chief Scientific Adviser at DEFRA UK to give a scientific perspective on the policies technologies and behaviour changes required to grow green economies without

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  • Rio+20 : Food, sustainability and global democracy: challenges and perspectives
    and global democracy challenges and perspectives Organizing partners UBUNTU World Forum of Civil Society Networks Global Foundation for Democracy and Development FUNGLODE Introduction According to the last report by FAO more than 900 million people in the world suffer from chronicle hunger As a result of the rise in prices of basic commodities these numbers are expected to dramatically increase Furthermore even if the first MDG would be achieved 600 million people would still suffer from hunger Linked to the financial economical energy and environmental crisis speculation in the commodity markets particularly in the food one is becoming a common trend something that needs to be solved urgently This situation of world structural hunger underlines the urgent need to rethink the policies values and governance about food related issues Detailed programme The main objective of this event is to promote a multi stakeholder debate in order to discuss the existing alternatives to eradicate hunger and to highlight the importance of all the food related issues in the context of the negotiations related with the sustainable development agenda Systemic issues related with the lack of an effective system of global governance with the UN at its core vis à vis to the need to move forward in the establishment of the mechanisms to reduce price volatility and financial speculation of commodities will be also central Other topics expected to be addressed in this session include those of the Right to Food the concept of food sovereignty in the dialogue with the one of food security the discussion about the commodification of nature in the overall framework of debate around the concept of green economy and the lack of coherence in global governance especially in what regards to food issues To this respect the role of the different related intergovernmental organizations FAO

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  • Rio+20 : The Spirituality and Ethics of Water
    cultivates peace and justice by engaging people to bridge religious and cultural differences and work together for the good of their communities Faiths Without Borders has the project Holy Drop that speaks for the need for spiritual literacy and ethics of water The EWN is a network of churches and Christian organizations promoting people s access to water around the world Detailed programme Focus and aim The event will focus on two spiritual dimensions of water what it means in various faith traditions and the ethics of using water for human consumption We feel that these two dimensions coordinate nicely with the two themes of the Rio conference The significance of water to different religious traditions is linked directly with the institutional framework for sustainable development Water is an important symbolic and practical element of every faith and religious institutions are therefore an invaluable partner in educating their members and creating a framework for sustainable development Additionally the ethics of using water for human consumption are absolutely essential to a green economy and the eradication of poverty Topics such as privatization industrial pollution and water rights are deeply moral issues effecting not only humanity but all life on earth Religious and spiritual traditions have a vested interest in human welfare have worked long against poverty and have much to add to the conversation on sustainability Timetable The timetable of the side event is subject to change according to conference requirements Opening 5 minutes An opening greeting with indigenous music 15 minutes video montage of greetings from URI and EWN representatives around the world The representatives will show a glass of local drinking water and speak briefly about water issues in their different countries A sample of the water shown will be sent to Rio in advance of the conference 45

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  • Rio+20 : Open Dialogue on The Future We Choose
    Map Registration By Category Preparatory Committees Intersessionals Informal Consultations Regional Member States Major Groups Bureau United Nations IGOs Information Lead organizer Brazil 09 30 21 00 Date 18 Jun 2012 Room P3 1 Documents 181The Future We Choose flyer for posting 15June pdf The Future We Choose Flyer 15 June 182The Future We Choose programme for posting15June pdf The Future We Choose Programme 15 June 231RioDeclaration FINAL pdf Rio Declaration for posting Open Dialogue on The Future We Choose Organizing partners Stockholm Resilience Centre Secretary General s High level Panel on Global Sustainability GSP Fundaçao Brasileira para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável The Elders Introduction Based on key messages developed at the previous Nobel Laureates Symposia and the GSP report the organising partners take the opportunity to present a declaration consisting of a science based message on global sustainability to decision makers civil society and the media This declaration highlights the importance of a science based approach to sustainable development and the need for policy and decision makers to acknowledge science if the world chooses a more sustainable path Detailed programme The morning session gives the opportunity for Nobel Laureates members of the GSP and The Elders to present the Declaration as

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  • Rio+20 : Global Bioenergy Partnership Seminar
    other stakeholders so that they can 1 inform the development of national bioenergy policies and programmes 2 encourage monitoring and evaluation of the environmental social and economic impacts of modern bioenergy production and use and 3 support policy and programmatic responses to the impacts of bioenergy production and use The seminar will raise awareness on the opportunities related to modern bioenergy development as well as discuss policy options available to ensure the sustainability of this development It features recent GBEP accomplishments such as the development and agreement among 23 countries and 13 international organizations of the 24 Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy country experiences with energy from biomass and points to ways that GBEP Partners and Observers are working together to build capacity for sustainable bioenergy production and use Detailed programme Sustainable Bioenergy Providing Energy Access for Sustainable Development The Global Bioenergy Partnership promotes the transition away from the unsustainable traditional ways of deriving energy from biomass and towards the sustainable production and use of modern bioenergy The traditional use of biomass such as burning fuelwood for cooking and heating drives environmental degradation and damages human health and welfare Sustainable modern bioenergy offers a means to improve energy access and to reduce negative effects on human health and the environment Access to clean and affordable energy is a prerequisite to sustainable development Energy produced sustainably from biomass can play a major role in achieving the goal of Sustainable Energy for All GBEP supports the transition to sustainable modern bioenergy by fostering the sharing of best practices encouraging the spread of relevant technologies creating peer to peer learning networks and triggering new investment An intended benefit of these activities is to help sustainably intensify agriculture in regions where productivity is low Driven by the goal of promoting a vibrant sustainable bioenergy sector the Global Bioenergy Partnership developed 24 indicators of sustainable bioenergy production and use Evaluating these indicators will provide environmental social and economic data to policy makers and other stakeholders so that they can 1 inform the development of national bioenergy policies and programmes 2 encourage monitoring and evaluation of the environmental social and economic impacts of modern bioenergy production and use and 3 support policy and programmatic responses to the impacts of bioenergy production and use The seminar will raise awareness on the opportunities related to modern bioenergy development as well as discuss policy options available to ensure the sustainability of this development It features recent GBEP accomplishments such as the development and agreement among 23 countries and 13 international organizations of the 24 Sustainability Indicators for Bioenergy country experiences with energy from biomass and points to ways that GBEP Partners and Observers are working together to build capacity for sustainable bioenergy production and use TENTATIVE AGENDA 11 00 11 30 Registration 11 30 11 45 Global Bioenergy Partnership Goals and Successes An Overview o Mariangela Rebuá GBEP Co Chair Brazil o M Michela Morese GBEP Executive Secretary 11 45 13 00 Promoting Sustainably Produced Bioenergy o Bioenergy food security

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  • Rio+20 : Forum Empresarial RIO+20 ( Brazilian Business Forum RIO+20)
    Empresarial RIO 20 Brazilian Forum Empresarial 11 00 12 30 Date 18 Jun 2012 Room UN4 Barra Arena Please note that this Side event is taking place outside RioCentro in the Barra Arena Photos Forum Empresarial RIO 20 Brazilian Business Forum RIO 20 Organizing partners INSTITUTO EVENTOS AMBIENTAIS IEVA FORUM EMPRESARIAL RIO 20 Introduction THE FORUM EMPRESARIAL RIO 20 Aims to discuss the idea of Green Economy and Social Governance at the companies local governments and civil society The event brings together companies from the sectors of Trade Industry Services and related areas in order to discuss the actions that are aimed at the sustainability of their business with extensive emphasis on modern concepts of Green Economy Governance Education and Social Transition MAIN GOALS Contributing to the Creation of New Governance Indicators for Social Debating the Green Economy in its different pillars Listen to the society and its industries Create a database with the Information Obtained Mapping the Positive and Negative Results Performing Other Regional Meetings to RIO 20 Gather a Bank Experiences About Green Economy with CASES OF REFERENCE Contribute to the Future We Want Contribute to the Shares of the RIO 20 Revisit the Green Economy Recognizing the

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  • Rio+20 : RIO 2012: Sustainable Development Out of the Age of Innocence
    future generations can be operationalized The second roundtable will be devoted to the articulation of top down search for reforms and bottom up initiatives by local authorities to promote sustainable development Detailed programme RIO 2012 Sustainable Development Out of the Age of Innocence Tentative agenda Two roundtables will provide a shared diagnosis on the reasons why transforming the various declarations conventions and Protocols into practical policies remains unfinished business and on how to move forward in an adverse context marked by the financial crisis and concerns about the consequences of economic globalization The underlying premise is that neither scientific alerts nor ethical claims alone are convincing enough to induce collective action We must outgrow the age of innocence and recognize that the severity of the financial crisis and its trail of unemployment worsening poverty and international tensions put decision makers under harsh pressures when real choices must be made The first roundtable will derive lessons from past experience on two critical issues How is scientific knowledge received and incorporated in societies responses And how can one demonstrate that solidarity with future generations does not require sacrificing present ones but redirecting technical choices and development patterns to better respond to the imperatives of poverty alleviation job creation and debt reduction The second roundtable will be devoted to the synergistic links to be created between the top down search for reforms of the international financial system and of overseas assistance to unleash projects driven by the objectives of the Agenda 21 and of the UNFCCC and bottom up initiatives by local authorities to promote sustainable development First Roundtable Think globally act locally the environment development Gordian Knot forty years later Despite Stockholm 72 and Rio 92 an asymmetry still prevails between the emergence of international architectures facilitating trade and capital flows and the failures in building powerful governance architectures for the major sustainability issues This roundtable will cover three main sustainability challenges Climate change from alerts to action What are the possible contents of the paradigm shift in climate negotiations adopted at Cancún What rationale is there for a transition towards low carbon development pathways in developing countries How can developed countries assume their responsibility about global warming in a context of financial crisis and unemployment Ecological services and green economy Beyond the conservationist attitudes against the threats on natural capital is there a way to harness the advances in bioengineering and ecological sciences to sustain a long term development path based on renewable natural resources What scientific basis is there for an ecological intensification of agriculture and an evergreen revolution that would alleviate tensions on water while preserving soil quality What role is there for forest and mountain lands What potential for urban ecology Under what institutional conditions could the greening of the economy change the drivers of rural to urban migrations and urbanization Poverty alleviation and inclusive development Beyond ethical claims that one should ensure the long term protection of our global commons was the dynamics of international negotiations locked

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  • Rio+20 : Boosting renewable energy in Brazil
    while reducing significant environmental risks and ecological scarcity As the energy security is one of the themes established by the Brazilian government to be discussed at Rio 20 it raise the question of how to ensure energy for all consistently while ensuring compliance with the principles of a green economy Exploring all potential to use renewable energy is one path to be followed This side event intends to contribute on this debate showing what have being done in Brazil to promote distributed generation from renewable energy sources in projects connected to the grid Detailed programme Doubling the share of renewable energies worldwide by 2030 is one of the goals set by the United Nations Recognizing the importance and urgency of this and other two goals as the theme Energy the United Nations declared 2012 the International Year of Sustainable Energy for All This change however will only be achieved when recognized the problem and possible routes to be followed to deal with it And for that it takes a joint effort of governments businesses and civil society organizations Brazil recognized internationally for its renewable energy sources now faces the challenge to harness the vast energy potential dormant until then One emblematic case is distributed generation to the public grid In 2011 important steps were taken in the country in that direction mainly on the solar photovoltaic area with the Solar Stadium project And now the Brazilian Regulatory agency ANEEL will publish a regulation specific about it which should incentivize new renewable energy mini and micro plants on houses business buildings and industries By boosting the distributed generation we will contribute to create a path of sustainable development of cities with buildings that not only consume energy but generate electricity This event will be presented the first steps in Brazil for

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