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  • Rio+20 : Spurring Private Sector Investment in Energy Efficient Buildings
    Yet developing policy pathways that will unlock the benefits of efficient buildings at scale remains a challenge for governments all over the world This event will mark the release of a new study by the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency that will assist decision makers and development institutions prioritize policy instruments Based on polling a wide sample of the building industry the results indicate that some policies are more effective than others in attracting private sector investment and contributing to a long term market for energy efficient products and services Detailed programme Energy efficient buildings are widely identified as a least cost greenhouse gas abatement opportunity and often a negative cost opportunity for countries pursuing low carbon development plans Responsible for 40 of global energy use and over a third of global greenhouse gas emissions commercial residential and public sector buildings will play a significant role in achieving the U N Secretary General s Sustainable Energy for All initiative which calls for doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency by 2030 globally Market barriers lack of awareness and technical capacity and upfront cost all present significant obstacles to realizing the potential of energy efficient buildings and require collective action on the part of governments NGOs and businesses to overcome In 2011 the Johnson Controls Institute for Building Efficiency outlined a comprehensive suite of nearly 25 actions for government decision makers to pursue in order to overcome these barriers and to drive market transformation in the built environment These policies ranged from top down regulatory measures to incentive based instruments A new study by the Institute expands on this existing toolkit to help answer how we can bring energy efficient buildings solutions to scale in the developing world at a pace necessary to address pressing environmental and economic challenges

    Original URL path: http://www.uncsd2012.org/index.php?page=view&type=1000&nr=489&menu=126 (2016-02-15)
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  • Rio+20 : Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development: Chinese NGOs in Action
    Poverty Eradication our side event will focus on China s path on poverty alleviation and sustainable development in recent 10 years By assessing the progress to date the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of former conferences and discussing new and emerging challenges this side event can make great contributions to the outcome of UNCSD Rio 20 The side event has three thematic focuses Chinese NGOs efforts in poverty eradication Relationship between poverty eradication and sustainable development Working together to realize the UN Millennium Development Goals MDGs Detailed programme This side event aims to show the efforts and achievements Chinese NGOs have made in the past 10 years as well as challenges ahead in eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development Through exchanges of experience and lessons participants will discuss how local NGOs can do better to help developing countries reach the UN Millennium Development Goals on time by urging governments to pay more attention to poverty alleviation and sustainable development in the area of economy environment culture and society In accordance with the theme of the conference A Green Economy in the Context of Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication our side event will from a NGO s perspective focus on China s path on poverty alleviation and sustainable development in recent 10 years after the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development WSSD in Johannesburg By assessing the progress to date the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of former conferences and discussing new and emerging challenges this side event can make great contributions to the outcome of UNCSD Rio 20 The side event has three thematic focuses 1 Chinese NGOs efforts in poverty eradication Chinese NGOs have been engaging in poverty reduction in impoverished areas in China where in the past most people lived under the

    Original URL path: http://www.uncsd2012.org/index.php?page=view&type=1000&nr=120&menu=126 (2016-02-15)
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  • Rio+20 : The Business of Innovating: Bringing Low-Carbon Solutions to Market
    they promote economic growth and development opportunities The discussion would profile the effective methods used by leading companies to capture low carbon innovation opportunities and how those strategies take into account differences in regional markets Detailed programme This 90 minute panel discussion would highlight the actions taken by the business community to promote a sustainable low carbon energy future through development of new low carbon technologies at the same time as they promote economic growth and development opportunities The discussion would profile the effective methods used by leading companies to capture low carbon innovation opportunities and how those strategies take into account differences in regional markets The next 20 years will be critical for the development demonstration and deployment of clean energy technologies that can reduce the pollution and security challenges associated with fossil fuels while at the same time contributing to sustainable economic development Opportunities for low carbon innovations are growing driven by policy changes market shifts and continued growth in energy consumption particularly in developing regions of the world While highly visible actions like the 2011 Durban Summit and efforts to pass U S comprehensive climate legislation may have fallen short of expectations governments around the globe are taking steps to drive the adoption of low carbon innovations to create jobs contribute to economic development and cut rising energy costs Leading companies are developing low carbon solutions that reduce GHG emissions at the same time as they bring bottom line value in terms of cost reduction enhanced performance or competitive edge in a global marketplace In October 2011 C2ES released a report followed by a conference profiling the global market potential for low carbon solutions and describing the economic and environmental benefits of low carbon innovation The report outlines from a business perspective the particular challenges faced by

    Original URL path: http://www.uncsd2012.org/index.php?page=view&type=1000&nr=156&menu=126 (2016-02-15)
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  • Rio+20 : Sustainable Energy, Food, Water & Oceans
    these and other areas that integrate the economic social and environmental dimension of sustainable development The interrelated nature of multiple issues suggests that an integrated approach to policymaking is needed This side event intends to lead to a broader use of integrated modelling and mutually supportive sustainable development policies for energy food water and oceans Detailed programme Sustainable Energy Food Water and Oceans Making a Difference with Nuclear Techniques Thematic focus The side event will focus on four of Rio 20 s seven critical issues energy food water and oceans It will review the application of nuclear technology to improving low carbon electricity generation food security water management and our understanding of how oceans affect and are affected by climate change and pollution It will also present initial progress on integrated modelling to help countries devise mutually supportive policies for energy food water and oceans Applications of nuclear technology to energy food water and oceans For energy the side event will discuss nuclear power s current and potential contributions to sustainable development It will summarize prospects for nuclear power taking into account changes in policies and projections following the Fukushima Daiichi accident It will review the pros cons and diverse investment situations that have led some countries and investors to invest in nuclear power and others not to For the countries now preparing to build their first nuclear power plants the side event will identify steps that should be taken to introduce nuclear power safely securely economically and sustainably and review lessons that have been learned in nuclear power s first half century Speakers Ron Cameron NEA and Hans Holger Rogner IAEA For food nuclear techniques are used to breed improved crops including crops that facilitate adaptation to climate change Nuclear techniques guide improved livestock reproduction and nutrition and are directly applied to control animal and plant pests and diseases They are used to reduce post harvest spoilage and infestation leading to fewer losses greater revenue for farmers and increased food safety Isotopic techniques are applied for better soil and water management Speaker Minh Long Nguyen IAEA For water nuclear and isotope techniques are used to assess the size location and replenishment rate of water resources and detect groundwater pollution They thus support the development of sustainable water management strategies Nuclear techniques are used to enhance water use efficiency in agriculture and to reconstruct past climates in order to improve understanding of the global hydrological cycle climate science and the impacts of climate change on water resources Speakers Colin Herron CONAGUA and Pradeep Aggarwal IAEA For oceans nuclear techniques are used to detect pollutants in coastal zones and the deep ocean analyse their impacts on marine organisms and human health and better understand key marine heat and carbon cycling processes Nuclear techniques are used to study past climates using marine sources such as polar ice and to study ocean acidification and other climate change impacts on world oceans and marine ecosystems Ocean acidification occurs as oceans absorb the increased carbon

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  • Rio+20 : The Global Energy Assessment - the science to transform energy systems
    for Applied Systems Analysis IIASA Kandeh Yumkellah Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization UNIDO and Co Chair of the High level Group on Sustainable Energy for All Moderator Luis Gomez Echeverri Deputy Director GEA Presentations Nebojsa Nakicenovic Director GEA and Deputy Director IIASA The need for a global transformation of energy systems and the link to RIO 20 goals Shonali Pachauri Senior Research Scholar IIASA Achieving universal energy access Keywan Riahi Program Leader Energy IIASA Integrated assessment scenarios the multiple co benefits of an integrated approach to energy transformation Content overview Current energy systems do not deliver affordable secure and environmentally sound energy services while current energy trends are incompatible with economic social and environmental sustainability goals A transformation of current energy systems is urgently required to meet many of the sustainability goals outlined by governments non governmental organizations and the international community such as 1 providing secure and affordable energy services to all humanity 2 improving access to clean energy sources for the three billion people who cook with solid fuels and the 1 4 billion people without access to electricity 3 increasing energy security for all nations regions and communities 4 limiting greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming 5 reducing indoor and outdoor air pollution from fuel combustion and its impacts on human health and well being and 6 minimizing the adverse environmental effects and diverse risks associated with energy systems The Global Energy Assessment GEA launched during RIO 20 is a major multi year initiative which assesses the global energy challenges of our rapidly changing world and responds specifically to the above mentioned sustainability goals Relevance to RIO 20 themes Energy is a crucial entry point to address the most pressing global challenges including sustainable economic and social development poverty eradication adequate food

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  • Rio+20 : The economy of climate change and international negotiations
    organize a side event dedicated to the question of climate change As a matter of fact the fight against global warming is an essential stake to preserve our environment and our ways of life This question is part of the main sustainable developments stakes In this prospect we want to organize two debates based on the works of the climate negotiations Planetworkshops Working Commission which gathers a large spectrum of actors involved in sustainable development government officials leaders of NGOs and associations business managers experts researchers students etc Detailed programme We plan on organizing two debates within one side event The first debate will be organized around the theme Climate change and the emergence of a green economy turned toward poverty eradication Around the table the experts invited will underline the challenges that represent climate change in terms of populations adaptation but also on the numerous business opportunities opened by the new economy of climate change The second debate will oppose students and experts around the question How to reinvent the international climate negotiations system Starting from the observation that climate negotiations have improving with difficulties since the signing of the UNFCCC launched in 1992 in Rio the Planetworkshops think that it is necessary to rethink the international negotiations climate on climate change The system of negotiations as defined today does not allow fighting efficiently against global warming as necessary consensuses are almost impossible to achieve This is therefore essential to question the possibility of reinventing the climate negotiations system During these two debates Experts decision makers and civil society representatives will be presenting results of their works defending their arguments and bringing proposals and recommendations to transform the existing model of climate negotiations We will confront their respective visions and proposals in order to find new solutions They will

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  • Rio+20 : Sustainable Development: Juggling Gender Justice in the Three Pillars
    18 Jun 2012 Room T 10 Sustainable Development Juggling Gender Justice in the Three Pillars Organizing partners Co sponsored by Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era DAWN and South Centre with the governments of Grenada Uruguay and Brazil Introduction This side event is aimed at addressing developing country challenges in balancing the three dimensions of sustainable from a gender perspective Panelists from G77 governments and international institutions will speak to a range of experiences in integrating these three dimensions into policies and programs Discussions will also address contentious issues in the Rio 20 negotiations and provide concrete inputs toward shaping the post MDG sustainable development framework Detailed programme Panelists from government international organizations and civil society will discuss and debate policy challenges in balancing the three pillars of sustainable development particularly from a gender perspective As it currently stands the Rio 20 text is imbalanced The social pillar seems to be primarily about poverty eradication without sufficient attention to inequalities including gender based disparities or women s human rights The economic pillar does not address the systemic issues such as the reform and coherence of international monetary financial and trading systems And the environmental pillar is weak as it fails to tackle patterns of over consumption and production The dialogue aims to foster a more balanced approach both within the Rio 20 negotiations and toward the post 2015 development agenda Panelists and participants will explore how the goal of human well being can be consistent with the right to development in which all human rights including women s rights are explicitly protected and promoted in the course of eradicating poverty and redistributing more fairly the burdens and gains from development Discussions will emphasize the critical gender dimensions that often get overlooked or marginalized in development policies Speakers will

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  • Rio+20 : Mediterranean Forests for Development: a key for adapting policies, territories and societies to climate change in the Middle East North African region
    of forests o the role of forest ecosystems goods and services in climate change adaptation and innovative initiatives from the forest administrations in the MENA region o the contribution of the MENA forest sector to the Rio 20 outcomes and recommendations Round table with representatives of the forest administrations Poster exhibition in the side event room Detailed programme Exact title of the side event Mediterranean Forests for Development a key for adapting policies territories and societies to climate change in the Middle East North African region The work undertaken in the context of the Collaborative Partnership on Mediterranean Forests CPMF already demonstrates the important benefits resulting from sustainable forest resource management particularly in terms of attaining the objectives stipulated by the Rio conventions UNFCCC UNCCD and CBD Given the specificities of the forests on the Southern rim of the Mediterranean they contribute to various social economic and ecological services provided to Mediterranean societies thus deserving particular attention on the international level Therefore the forest administrations of the CPMF s partner countries who are also members of the Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions Silva Mediterranea i e Algeria Lebanon Morocco Tunisia and Turkey are willing to organise jointly a side event at UNCSD 2012 to communicate to a large audience their shared messages The side event will highlight the significance and efforts of the forest sector of the MENA region regarding the two main themes of UNCSD 2012 in particular for 1 supporting the national economies in terms of poverty reduction Theme 1 Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication 2 adapting their policy and institutional frameworks in view of emerging challenges such as climate change which further emphasise the need for better cross sectoral coordination Theme 2 Institutional framework for sustainable development Beyond the thematic connections

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