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  • Rio+20 : Aiming higher, unlocking tertiary education's potential for SD
    to a fair and green economy Tertiary education plays a critical role in shaping the future as political business and civil society leaders are likely to be university graduates and will prepare the skilled workforce needed for a green economy This event will emphasise the important role tertiary education plays in realising sustainable development and the transition to a green economy Hosted by a collaborative of tertiary education sustainability organisations in collaboration with numerous governments we will answer How can governments NGOs businesses and tertiary education instigate the necessary shift towards sustainable development and the transition to a Green Economy How do we unlock the potential of tertiary education sector to transform society What role should tertiary education play in creating and participating in the institutional framework for sustainable development What funding and support mechanisms will need to be provided to ensure the success of tertiary education in sustainable development efforts Detailed programme Aiming higher unlocking tertiary education s potential to accelerate sustainable development and the transition to a fair and green economy Focus The side event will make the case for the important role that Tertiary Education has to play in realizing Sustainable Development and the transition towards a Green Economy It will also propose a constructive way forward so institutions are supported in this important role Tertiary education has an important role to play in the lives of young people and their future The collaboration is therefore keen to build on the Bandung Declaration The Tunza International Children and Youth Conference on the Environment 2011 9 3 It identifies access to green jobs as critical for achieving a sustainable transition to the Green Economy It states that In the next ten years as the world s population passes 7 billion we need to provide jobs for more than 1 billion young people employment that will both enable them to live productive and worthwhile lives and to contribute to the transition to a just Green Economy Tertiary education organisations and institutions have an pivotal role to play in helping to make these young people s vision a reality and ensure that students graduate with skills for the green economy They also have a role in the development of that green economy through research innovation and knowledge exchange and the realization of sustainable development There are many examples around the world that have shown the importance of tertiary education in sustainable development efforts Continued support for expanding these efforts is critical The side event will answer four main questions How can governments NGOs businesses and tertiary education instigate the necessary shift towards sustainable development and the transition to a Green Economy How do we unlock the potential of tertiary education sector to transform society What role should tertiary education play in creating and participating in the institutional framework for sustainable development What funding and support mechanisms will need to be provided to ensure the success of tertiary education in sustainable development efforts Governments and student bodies will be invited to

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  • Rio+20 : Green Growth? The Future They Want!
    as a medium term plan for implementing the National Strategy for Green Growth over the period 2009 2013 Recognizing the Korea s leadership UNEP praised South Korea s commitment to a green economic future in its report in April 2010 However while Korea s Green Growth initiative could be a good benchmark for other countries coming to Rio 20 to develop their own national model towards achieving a green economy they could also learn from the critical lessons derived from the Korea s experience There have been a number of criticisms among Korean civil society against the governance process of the Green Growth and its emphasis on the expansion of nuclear power and the construction industry In this context the Rio 20 Committee of Korean Civil Society composed of more than twenty Korean civil society organizations in the fields of environment sustainable energy forest protection human rights gender equality international development cooperation and etc are pleased to invite Rio 20 participants from all over the world to the above side event We seeks to provide a strategic knowledge platform to discuss a range of issues that people of the world need to be aware of when they pursue a green economy In addition considering the important role of cities in sustainable energy planning toward achieving a green economy a case study of Seoul will be shared with participants as a benchmark initiative at the local government level in the Post Fukushima era Detailed programme 2 Objectives To contribute to the green economy discourse in the Rio 20 by sharing the experiences of Korean Civil Society towards socially inclusive low carbon and energy efficient sustainable development To review Korea s Green Growth policy from the participatory governance perspective To address sustainable energy policy options at the local government level with focuses

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  • Rio+20 : IFSD put into Practice: Setting up a Sustainable Development Council
    Global Issues Division of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs SWP 19 30 21 00 Date 18 Jun 2012 Room T 5 Documents June 18 IFSD Side Event 730pm T 5 pdf Side Event Announcement Flyer 107SWP 2012 UNCSD Rio pdf SWP Research Paper UNCSD Rio 2012 108Now is the Time Why Rio 20 must succeed 04 07 2011 pdf Now is the Time A Call for Action 112Beisheim Partnerships for SD SWP RP3 12 pdf SWP Research Paper on Partnerships for SD IFSD put into Practice Setting up a Sustainable Development Council Organizing partners Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik SWP Germany lead organizer Centro Brasileiro de Relações Internacionais CEBRI Brazil Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future Introduction At the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development UNCSD the UN institutions that deal with sustainable development are to be restructured This offers a unique opportunity to implement long overdue reforms The proposed reforms should follow the objective to improve the visibility and key priority of sustainable development in the UN system An important building block towards these reforms might be the establishment of a Sustainable Development Council SDC replacing the politically weak UN Commission on Sustainable Development CSD The UNCSD outcome document should recommend that the UN General Assembly decides to adopt a resolution establishing such a council as its subsidiary organ Moreover the new council s mandate membership and institutional design need to be negotiated The proposed side event will tackle these questions including ideas for effective decision making structures enhanced participation a peer review mechanism innovative financing mechanisms etc Detailed programme See description above for further details please refer to Beisheim Marianne Lode Birgit Simon Nils A Sustainable Development Council In the Run up to Rio 2012 Options for Reforming the UN Sustainability Institutions October 2011 SWP

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  • Rio+20 : Buen Vivir and Human Rights in the Face of REDD+
    in harmony with nature and how it can re shape climate policies to support both sustainability and the rights and livelihoods of indigenous peoples The Indian Law Resource Center will present on the human rights obligations of states and institutions such as the World Bank and the UN REDD Programme engaged in REDD initiatives and identify the minimum standards necessary for the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples impacted by REDD projects The discussion will highlight shortcomings of existing climate solutions and propose distinct approaches for sustainable development Detailed programme Title A global response to the climate crisis Buen Vivir in harmony with nature and respect for human and collective rights in the face of REDD Participants Indian Law Resource Center and Coordinadora Andina de Organizaciones Indígenas CAOI Description Climate change is a critical issue for indigenous peoples While effective solutions to the climate crisis are desperately needed many popular strategies like REDD actually threaten indigenous peoples rights and livelihoods This event will explore two frameworks for ensuring that climate policies protect the rights of indigenous peoples CAOI will present on Buen Vivir the millenarian practice of indigenous peoples of living in harmony with nature and how it can re shape climate policies to support both sustainability and the rights and livelihoods of indigenous peoples The Indian Law Resource Center will present on the human rights obligations of states and institutions such as the World Bank and the UN REDD Programme engaged in REDD initiatives and identify the minimum standards necessary for the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples impacted by REDD projects The discussion will highlight shortcomings of existing climate solutions and propose distinct approaches for sustainable development Titulo Una respuesta global a la crisis climática Buen Vivir en armonía con la naturaleza y respeto de los

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  • Rio+20 : Students Speak Up for the Polar Regions
    this international youth delegation are united by the rare privilege of having visited the Arctic and Antarctica In the first part of the event delegates will share their first hand experiences of visiting the poles to explore the importance of these regions to the global environment Nine key sustainable development challenges facing the polar regions will be addressed and implementable solutions will be highlighted Ultimately the connection between polar regions and Rio 20 will be made clearly answering how Rio 20 can address polar challenges The second half of the side event is a multi stakeholder panel on Polar Sustainable Development Required Leadership and Solutions for the Next Decade with notable experts from polar science policy and governance Panelists include Lawrence Hislop Head of Polar Unit at GRID Arendal Ambassador Ronald Jumeau Permanent Representative of the Seychelles to the United Nations Dmitry Berezhkov Vice President of RAIPON Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North Siberia and Far East Dr Erli Schneider Costa Antarctic Researcher Association of Polar Early Career Scientists Brazil This event aims to catalyze national delegations and civil society to commit to the sustainable development and protection of the Arctic and Antarctica Detailed programme This event will bring together a diverse stakeholders including high level officials academia NGO youth and civil society Limited seating is available Students Speak Up for the Polar Regions aims to educate international decision makers on the emerging challenges of sustainable development in the polar regions This event will feature speakers from the Students on Alumni Delegation www soidelegation com Members of this international youth delegation are united by the rare privilege of having visited the Arctic and Antarctica In the first part of the event delegates will share their first hand experiences of visiting the poles to explore the importance of these

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  • Rio+20 : Voices from Fukushima: Sharing Lessons for Global Sustainability
    has been eagerly trying to restart other nuclear plants within the country that have been stopped for regular checks This event aims to deliver the direct voices of the people of Fukushima providing the participants with opportunities to not only learn the reality of what is currently happening in Japan but also to think of what it takes to build a sustainable future Detailed programme Objectives To pass on information to those outside Japan of the reality of Fukushima through direct voices of ordinary citizens To reexamine the social environmental economic and political impact of the Fukushima accident To remind ourselves that once nuclear technology gets out of control it is a threat that can exceed human capabilities and cross international borders To think in a global context about what we can learn and where we are headed To communicate a message from Japan to learn from Fukushima think of concrete ways to say goodbye to nuclear power and take steps to create a new society centered around renewable energy sources To build international support for the people of Fukushima To create new international networks for moving towards a nuclear free sustainable future Thematic Focus This event will focus on various themes including sustainability nuclear renewable energy development citizens roles in community building advocacy and the media Event Contents 1 Presentation by ordinary citizens from Fukushima including children youth mothers and farmers Soon after the accident radioactive materials were found in mothers breast milk and children s urine evidence that peoples lives including the lives of future generations are being threatened Between March 2011 and March 2012 more than 60 000 people moved away from Fukushima prefecture with most of those having their families and communities destroyed What is the current situation of people from Fukushima of those who decided to stay and of those who evacuated How do they see the future of Japan and the world What does sustainability mean to them Each one of the people in Fukushima has their own story which will be delivered during the event 2 Presentation of the outcomes of the Global Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World Peace Boat with a coalition of 5 other Japan based NGOs hosted a global conference in Yokohama Japan on January 14 15 2012 A total of 11 500 people including 100 international participants from over 30 countries attended the conference with addition to the 100 000 people who viewed the broadcast live over the Internet It became a venue for people from all around the world to gather in Japan and respond to the reality of Fukushima simultaneously bringing together the voices of people who suffer from radiation exposure all around the world whether by nuclear power or nuclear weapons in other words Global Hibakusha It served as an opportunity for participants to learn from each other s experiences build new networks and create platforms for taking concrete steps towards a nuclear power free and sustainable future 3 Discussion with participants Participants of

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  • Rio+20 : Low Carbon Strategies;Challenge or Opportunity for Developing Countrie
    the Social Service Agency of the Protestant Church in Germany and active on their behalf in the field of development cooperation Brot für die Welt supports the poor in Africa Asia Latin America and Eastern Europe in their attempts to lead a dignified life We work jointly with local churches and partner organisations on over 1 000 projects in the main areas of food security education and health the struggle against HIV Aids and the promotion of a culture of peace Brot für die Welt regards itself as the advocate of disadvantaged people in the countries of the Southern hemisphere and as such promotes global transformation as an indispensable means to achieve justice for the poor Detailed programme Towards Resilient Nature Resilient People Low Carbon Development Strategies and Action in Developing Countries Eradicating poverty mobilizing economic welfare ensuring social justice and realizing human rights within given planetary boundaries call for a transformation of the current development paradigm towards sustainability While the Rio process has delivered valuable sustainability principles and goals powerful implementation strategies and actions are much less developed and successful Low carbon development strategies and actions bear huge potential to create favorable political framework conditions and to foster implementation at the different geographic levels UNCSD Rio 20 offers a window of opportunity to exchange experiences and mobilize support for low carbon development strategies in both developing and developed countries A study on lessons learnt from low carbon development strategies will be presented and innovative approaches such as Low Carbon Development Zones in China will be discussed Particular challenges and opportunities of such strategies in view of economic growth the inclusion of vulnerable populations and international cooperation will deserve particular attention One key note speaker Hirsch will argue that low carbon development strategies must represent a major pillar of any

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  • Rio+20 : Sustainable Development and Indigenous Peoples Rights
    is active in the field of indigenous peoples rights Together with 3 major actors in this field in Latin America we want shed a light on the interrelationship between sustainable development and indigenous peoples Indigenous peoples are considered most vulnerable to any changes in their physical environment due to their close linkage with nature As a consequence they have to be heard their experience has to be shared and their interests and needs duely considered in any global debate on sustainable development The side event will allow for exchanges between indigenous representatives state representatives and other actors present at the Rio summit Detailed programme Since indigenous peoples live in a strong relationship with their ecological environment they are extremely vulnerable to any changes in their physical environment This applies even more for indigenous peoples living in voluntary isolation and uncontacted tribes For them the dependency on their physical environment is complete The forest surrounding them offers food shelter and medicine and their knowledge of the forests allows them to live in complete autarky As a consequence they need special protection not only as a people but also of their physical environment The Society for Threatened Peoples in cooperation with FSC published a study on sustainable forest management in the Congo Basin via the implementation of the right to free prior and informed consent FPIC for local communities and indigenous peoples FPIC is a requisite of the ILO Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention 169 and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples The organizers of the side event are convinced that the implementation of the right to FPIC through well established guidelines and mechanisms advising forest companies extractive industries and state authorities is a powerful instrument for the realization of sustainable development as a whole and specifically its social

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