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  • Rio+20 : Review of China's Sustainable Development 1992 - 2011: A perspective from Chinese civil society
    public participation in sustainable development the roles and challenges of NGOs and the future of green citizenship in China Detailed programme 20 years ago UNSCD took place in Rio de Janeiro Brazil those international conventions signed in the conference have great impact for on the process of environmental social and economic development of the world and also for Chinese NGOs Apart from governments Agenda 21 defined Major Groups as nine categories of citizens who should participate in UN activities toward achieving sustainable development NGOs are one of these groups But there was only governmental delegation in 1992 summit From 1992 to 2012 Chinese NGOs made a rapid progress and they began to get involved in different international stages Although the voice from China s civil society on issues related to sustainable development has not been very strong until recently local Chinese NGOs also want to deliver their views about the China s sustainable development path over the past 20 years It is not only a review about China s development but also a chance for local NGO to reflect their experience from last Rio summit From the international level there has also been increasing demand to hear from Chinese NGOs and enhance mutual communication and understanding So about a year ago Chinese local NGOs started to prepare a review work about China s sustainable development from Chinese civil society perspective and finally they made it to a report called Review of China s Sustainable Development 1992 2011 A perspective from Chinese civil society More than 20 authors from various fields each of them has lots of experience and different aspect about their field In addition a Steering Committee has been established to provide professional suggestions on the content and quality of the text This report differs from the Sustainable Development

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  • Rio+20 : The Impact of New Technologies and ICTs on Sustainable Development
    development and poverty eradication Technology has long played a crucial part in economic and social development and its evolution has continually raised the thresholds of possibility In order to unleash the full potential of technology as an enabler for sustainable economic and social development throughout the developing world a global strategy leveraging the power of technology is needed The importance of sustainability has been recognized in development policy since the United Nations first Summit on that theme in the early 1990s and today it is being revived with the RIO 20 Summit that aims at securing renewed political commitment A sustainable development approach must be holistic and analyze its three pillars economic social and environmental trends and the interactions between them The link between ICT and sustainable development recognizes the existence of both significant opportunities and threats On the one hand there is optimism that the new economy will bring dematerialization a reduction in movement of goods and a general decoupling of economic growth and resource use on the other hand there is fear that current unsustainable trends will be worsened Without a holistic approach the sustainable use of ICT alone will not deliver the goals of social and environmental sustainability Common efforts from governments civil society and businesses alike are needed Detailed programme The Panel The Panel will look at two main themes 1 1 Exploring the potential of ICT as a major tool in addressing the current challenges of sustainable development and1 2 Identifying key actors governments NGOs and the private sector that are implementing the ICT aspects of sustainable development and understanding their approaches and challenges An opening session will kick off the Panel outlining the role of ICT in implementing sustainable development each panelist will have a 5 to 8 minutes presentation on concrete examples in

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  • Rio+20 : RIO Panel on Humanity & Environment = Our World's Resources
    States Major Groups Bureau United Nations IGOs Information Lead organizer Global Campaign for Climate Action GCCA 11 30 13 00 Date 18 Jun 2012 Room T 3 RIO Panel on Humanity Environment Our World s Resources Organizing partners World Team Now and Tcktcktck Introduction This will be a panel discussion on the framework and foundation for a World Constitution for our environment so humanity can live in better balance with our world s resources Detailed programme We all know that what happens in one part of the world will affect another and the large scale catastrophic environmental challenges like the Deep Horizon Oil Spill Chernobyl and Fukushima There are many other environmental catastrophes that effect our common collective resources and this dialogue is to explore a better approach to regulating responsibility and responding in such a way that has both the public health and environmental resources prioritized over corporate or an individual government s approach with being first cost expense and liability driven We intend to begin a dialogue using a panel format about the content of global enforceable policy that plans how to move rapidly for welfare of humanity and our earth and our collective natural environmental resources This panel s goal is to ignite a communication to dialogue about what would be in such a powerful document and evaluate it within the framework of the US Constitution the European Convention of Human Rights and other historical documents that generated freedom and responsibility for a higher good and for a more just sustainable and balanced future We goal is to arrive at universal tenants that contributes towards a global agreement around energy policy specifically that would contribute to UNCSD s outcome regarding global enforceable policy related to energy and our environment The discussion will be approached from four different

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  • Rio+20 : Entrepreneurship Forum on Green Business Opportunities
    the world may know better the unremitting efforts Chinese enterprises are making in environmental protection ecological building and resources recycling etc to explore an appropriate economic development path suited to Chinese national conditions The Chinese entrepreneurs wish to build a bridge with entrepreneurs of other countries and a platform for more communication through the forum Entrepreneurs of other countries are welcome to the forum and participate in the discussion which we hope will enhance understanding offer new ways for mutual beneficial cooperation and make contributions to the sustainable development of the world Detailed programme The goal of eradicating poverty and taking the path of sustainable development established by UNCED in 1992 has become the historical responsibilities of enterprises and governments of the world A number of influential Chinese NGOs are planning to co organize several side events at Rio 20 with entrepreneurs as main participants These side events aim to give some introduction to the economic and social development model of China within the framework of sustainable development through environmental protection energy saving and harmonious co existence between humans and nature the efforts Chinese enterprises are making to transform development pattern and explore a green development path with Chinese characteristics the achievements Chinese entrepreneurs have made in shouldering historical responsibilities through poverty eradication and last but not least business opportunities in China s green economy development Entrepreneurs of several other countries are also invited to these events As one of these side events Entrepreneurship Forum on Green Business Opportunities will organize the following activities to invite Chinese entrepreneurs to introduce some typical cases of adhering to the path of green economy and sustainable development to discuss the technological difficulties Chinese enterprises face in development and to seek for opportunities in technology and investment cooperation In terms of participants Mr CHEN

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  • Rio+20 : The Sustainable and Just City
    that are expected to reside in the world s cities by 2050 Attendees will be invited to share their ideas about to strengthen collaboration between practitioners leaders and key stakeholders to achieve a vision of sustainable and just cities Detailed programme Since the first Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 urban populations have increased by more than 1 billion and now for the first time in history more people live in cities than in rural areas By 2050 the world s population is projected to increase from 7 billion to more than 9 billion people roughly 70 percent of whom will reside in urban regions Urbanization is accelerating because cities are the centers of social and economic activity and attract people seeking to attain a better life Indeed the world s top 50 metropolitan regions are economic powerhouses accounting for just 12 percent of the planet s population yet generating roughly 46 percent of global GDP However cities also consume more than 75 percent of the world s natural resources use approximately 75 percent of the world s energy and are responsible for 75 percent of its carbon emissions And as more cities experience very rapid growth many are struggling to provide adequate infrastructure housing water sanitation and transportation for their residents Since 1992 the number of slum dwellers has grown from roughly 660 million to nearly 1 billion While some worry about rapid urbanization it also represents a tremendous opportunity to expand economic opportunity provide better access to livelihoods that generate wealth advance social inclusion and protect the environment The ways in which the world s cities grow will therefore define the fate of billions of people and the sustainability of the planet This side event will offer a vision for sustainable and just cities in which the goals of environment equity and economy are mutually reinforced and achieved It will showcase what leaders and practitioners have learned while championing and implementing initiatives designed to produce equitable and sustainable urban growth Speakers will discuss the crucial leadership of mayors and other urban officials who are scaling up successful strategies in partnership with the world s heads of state environmental ministers civil society organizations business leaders and philanthropic institutions Attendees will be invited to share their ideas about how to strengthen collaboration between practitioners leaders and key stakeholders to achieve a vision of sustainable and just cities The following speakers are proposed Luis Ubinas President of the Ford Foundation Michael Bloomberg Mayor of New York City Dr Izabella Teixeira Brazilian Minister of the Environment Dr Joan Clos Director of UN HABITAT Angel Gurría Secretary General of the OECD Each speaker would provide a unique perspective on the challenge of achieving sustainable and just cities Mr Ubinas would discuss the role of philanthropic institutions in ensuring that civil society organizations participate in the development of the green economy supporting rural and indigenous communities in the stewardship of natural resources and leveraging resources to advance sustainable urbanization Mayor Bloomberg would highlight his

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  • Rio+20 : Implications of the triple disaster in Japan in a post-Rio+20 world
    looking issues the outcomes should directly inform the ongoing process for developing Sustainable Development Goals as disaster risk reduction and resilience has been proposed as one potential goal Detailed programme 2011 was a significant year for disasters a year which strongly reminded the world that risk and vulnerability affect even the most developed and technologically advanced countries and that the way we have structured our economies our governance systems and utilized technology has created risk which must be addressed As the global community reflected on the previous year and considered the meaning to developing nations of events such as the earthquake which caused such devastation in Haiti 2011 itself bore witness to extraordinary geological and climate related disasters across Thailand Australia the United States New Zealand and notably Japan Three major issues were highlighted in 2011 disasters can have devastating consequences in both developing and developed countries a growing awareness of the linkages between damage from disasters and climate change and a clear need to reassess and improve the governance systems we ve created to manage and respond to disasters by reflecting on and learning from significant events Add to this the known trends which can have serious consequences to disaster risk such as urbanization globalization weather pattern changes due to climate change and environmental degradation that is so unfortunately tied to economic growth Many of the so called developing countries are rapidly becoming middle income countries by following the development paths of the advanced economies but these are the countries that are most affected by disasters One of the key questions is whether current governance arrangements are suitable for disaster management in the 21st century The disaster in Japan stands out not just because of the size of the earthquake and shocking devastation from the tsunami waves or even

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  • Rio+20 : Advancing Sustainability through Communication and Collaboration
    practitioners can design research relevant to societal problems and provide better links between science and policy Communications training will help scientists to present research in a concise and accessible manner Practitioners who know how to use both policy and science can shape more effective programs Encouraging policy makers practitioners and scientists to communicate with each other and to build strategic collaborative relationships will create powerful networks working toward sustainable solutions to societal problems and will lead to more sustainable public policies and programs at all levels of governance Detailed programme Thematic Focus The three pillars of sustainability depend upon combining science and social science with political realities to develop and implement sound policies and programs Scientists policy makers practitioners advocates and others involved in building sustainable societies must communicate with and learn from each other in order to produce sustainable solutions to increasingly challenging problems Networking within and across professional fields promotes collaboration and knowledge sharing which in turn produces more sustainable policies and programs Leaders and policy makers must understand science well enough to comprehend the nature of the challenges they face and the likely impacts of different policy alternatives on social economic and environmental systems This requires that policy makers be able to ask relevant questions to use science appropriately to explain science and policy to constituents and to communicate needs for information to scientists who may lack an understanding of the broader impacts and political realities involved in policy making Practitioners must work within policy constraints and make use of the best available science to design and implement effective programs Scientists need to evaluate the relevance of their research to policies and programs and to communicate science to those trained in other fields in a concise and accessible manner Everyone interested in sustainable development should understand its

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  • Rio+20 : Beyond Rio+20: A Global Youth Movement for Sustainable Development
    will be fundamental in making a long term youth movement flourish for a sustainable future Detailed programme 1 CONTEXT Rio 20 has provided an opportunity for the confluence of several youth movements organizations campaigns networks and leaders There is still evident fragmentation among them climate groups focused on climate issues social justice groups focused on social justice issues etc but we have witnessed in the past few months an attempt to if not collaborate at least get together on a common platform and share information in the lead up to the UN summit The Major Group for Children Youth as the official entry point to the UN process for young people has been interacting with groupings of youth working on Rio 20 the Road to Rio 20 coalition the Brazilian centred social youth movement plus various regional or thematic alliances The danger after Rio is in missing the opportunity of integrating the three pillars of sustainable development and going back to our respective corners when the summit is over The danger is that the current movements will continue separately and not in coordination with each other More inter generational connection is also necessary as sustainable development requires the effort of all A lack of such connectivity bears the danger that we are increasing the current inter generational divide This divide is not sustainable in a world in which more than half of the population is under the age of 30 It is not sustainable in a world in which young people concentrate in developing counties while developed countries are featured by aging This divide is not sustainable in a world in which children and youth are the most vulnerable due to a number of problems e g under nutrition unemployment Youth are the leaders of tomorrow and the biggest stakeholder at Rio 20 Youth are complementary collaborators for the current leaders Rio 20 calls for a global youth movement for sustainable development to take on two main roles in the summit s follow up one of a watchdog monitoring other stakeholders efforts in keeping their promises and upholding their commitment and a proactive role focused on implementation of the sustainable development principles plans reaffirmed and renewed at the UN summit If Rio 20 is just the start of a process focused on bringing our planet and its people onto a more sustainable path if global cooperation is key to that approach and if young people s role is fundamental in making that happen How can young people work together to address sustainable development issues beyond Rio 20 How can the current leaders intertwine their efforts with those of youth 2 CONTENT Discussion would revolve around the key priorities for the global youth movement for sustainable development Which should be the focus for a joint effort Among the alternatives making the green economy happen through youth led entrepreneurial efforts developing the SDGs and integrating youth in the post MDGs agenda focusing on education formal informal non formal and peer to peer

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