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  • Rio+20 : Scalable Solutions - Managing water for economies, communities and nature
    President 1 China Water planning Dr Li Yuan Yuan Ministry of Planning GIWP tbc WWF with the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources have jointly developed guidelines for strategic basin planning allocation and flood risk management This influenced the revision of master basin plans for China s seven major river basins the first revision of plans in nearly 30 years A key driver for the revision of the plans and focus of the guidelines is to ensure future environmental flows and sustainability This has resulted in a more strategic approach to basin planning one suitable for large developed basins where competing water food and energy objectives exist This approach relies on a deep understanding of river system function and involves a process of prioritization and trade offs The next generation of river basin planning will be influenced by this work not only just China s rivers but around the world As China s policy reform implementation and resource planning is emulated around the world environmental issues will become a central part of river basin planning 2 Water Risk Filter Peter Thimme or Martin Geiger DEG The Water Risk Filter gathers input on water risks experienced by companies and investors and creates awareness and action to address water risks It defines which water users are active in river basins to allow stakeholders in each basin to work together on sustainable management for the future including provision for environmental flows This will leverage growing corporate and investor interest in water and will help define how companies assess and respond to water risk as well as how investors will bring water issues into decision making Developed with a German Development bank DEG this tool is about positive engagement and response to shared water challenges from non traditional water partners 3 Government commitments in the Himalayas Prime Minister of Bhutan Jigme Y Thinley Ministers of the governments of Bangladesh Nepal India and Bhutan signed a Framework of Cooperation on food water and energy security in the face of climate change at a summit of the four countries in November 2011 They jointly committed to secure the integrity of forests and freshwater ecosystems to ensure freshwater flows Bilateral and multilateral donor institutions including the EU the Finnish government and ADB were present to support this initiative Engaging communities industry and government through building resilience to climate change is vital for sustained economic growth The vision endorsed by these nations to protect their common resource for future prosperity should extend beyond governments to civil society mountain communities and public and private sectors all aiming to preserve the Himalayas as the water towers of Asia and the World 4 Water Reserves in Mexico Senior official from CONAGUA tbc Mexico s National Water Commission CONAGUA the InterAmerican Development Bank IADB and WWF have established water reserves in Mexico for environmental security This will ensure the resources necessary to maintain adequate ecosystem functions and implement Mexico s recently launched water policy vision Establishing a water sources protection framework based on

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  • Rio+20 : Reframing environmental negotiations to create opportunities
    Opportunity Sharing How reframing environmental negotiations can create opportunities for sustainable development The Three Pillars of Sustainable Development and the Green Economy In the last two decades focus has been on the economic pillar of sustainable development The repeated economic crises demonstrate that the global economy is far from sustainable Economic globalization has expanded and lifted many out of poverty but much more needs to be done to address the social aspects of sustainability as well as the sustainability of our ecological system UNCSD argues that economic growth through a Green Economy will benefit environmental and social sustainability Our current challenge is to eradicate poverty and achieve prosperity for all within the means of the planet s limited natural resources We feel it is essential that the operational aspects of social development and environmental quality be explicitly addressed within the Green Economy Specifically social equity and human well being as measured by the Human Development Index and the World Health Organization s health and environmental indicators must be assured and ecosystems must be sustained Three Approaches to Sustainable Development 1 From Burden Bearing to Opportunity Sharing Strengthening All Three Pillars of Sustainable Development Through a Reframing of the Climate Change Negotiations Climate change is a serious threat to all nations So why have continuous treaty negotiations for more than two decades failed to create a viable or adequate international climate regime The current strategy of addressing climate change misdiagnoses the issue as a pollution problem by focusing on symptoms emissions and not on underlying causes unsustainable development In short the wrong treaty is being negotiated The existing and proposed climate treaties fail to meet the national interests of any party An alternative strategy for addressing climate change is to reframe the overall approach to reflect all countries development needs and links climate protection goals to the development structure of the treaty a sustainable development rather than a pollution control treaty The current deadlock over emissions reductions might be overcome and a mutual gains agreement reached by directing international cooperation towards promoting the provision of clean energy services for development at all levels of income and ensuring universal access to those services as part of an early action agenda that will complement efforts to utilize forests and agriculture to reduce other Greenhouse Gases from multiple sectors These actions allow us to go beyond sustainable development to restorative development that must actively restore degraded environmental and social systems Examples from agriculture forestry fisheries and urban development will be provided 2 Adaptation as Sustainable Development In addition to not limiting GHG emissions the climate negotiations have also failed to adequately address climate adaptation Instead of viewing adaptation as a failure to address mitigation adaptation should be viewed as an opportunity for sustainable development and in particular to address the social sustainability issues Many adaptation strategies are no regrets in that they provide development benefits regardless of future climate conditions Adaptation measures can also increase the resilience of individuals society and ecosystems increasing all

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  • Rio+20 : Wind Power and Climate Change: Sustainable Development in Brazil
    basically three energy efficiency and conservation fuel switching from coal to gas and renewable energy primarily Wind Power JCI and Farias Brito College decided to study the Wind Power benefits and its direct influence on Earth s climate change due to the fact Eolic Energy is the most popular source of energy in Ceará northeast of Brazil were Farias Brito College is situated at Detailed programme DETAILED DESCRIPTION The aims of this report are to provide a detailed description of our project entitled Wind Power and Climate Change Sustainable Development in Brazil by breathily summarizing its thematic focus introducing its leader speakers giving a general idea of what are Wind Power advantages and disadvantages and finally pointing out the theme s potential contribution to the outcome of UNCSD RIO20 THEMATIC FOCUS There is no need to wait for a new climate solution This project aims to inform about the latest news concerning Wind Power benefits and its relation with climate changes which can be prevented SPEAKERS JCI will have as speakers Ms Talita Dal Lago and Ms Paula Borges Ms Talita Dal Lago has mastered in European Law PADOVA Italy 2008 specialized in International Law PUC PARANA Brazil 2006 is currently the oficial International and Private Law teacher at Farias Brito College in Ceará Brazil is a practicing lawyer experienced in International Law with emphasis in European Law International organizations and International Cooperation Speaks Portuguese mother tongue English Spanish and Italian Ms Paula Borges Frota Pinto is currently a Law student at Farias Brito College in Ceará Brazil attends the 4th year of college works as an intern at FURTADO PRAGMACIO FILHO ADVOGADOS ASSOCIADOS dealing with Civil and Company Brazilian law procedures has been awarded by the Cambridge University UK in 2008 with an FCE Certificate for foreigner English speakers

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  • Rio+20 : WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONSTITUTION: TOWARD A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
    Detailed programme WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CONSTITUTION TOWARD A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE The Earth Summit Rio 92 created clear comprehensive and far reaching guidelines for the sustainable development of mankind but the following fora Rio 5 Rio 10 Summits on Climate Change Conferences of UNFCCC did not make tangible progress in that direction Forty years since Stockholm 72 the principles of equal environmental rights for present and future generations have not been fully implemented Accordingly the conflict between economic growth and an outdated political and legal system on the one hand and achieving goals of sustainability on the other should be identified by the UN as a fundamental problem The highest priority should be given to the construction of an institutional framework for sustainable development A real breakthrough towards a sustainable future is possible only through decisive ideas and actions to establish a truly effective world environmental governance system This side event will focus on the idea of the World Environmental Constitution WEC The WEC should be comprised of two indissoluble parts a definitive a global legal act prescribing basic norms for environmental safety and stimulation of a green economy for sustainability in order to implement the Rio 92 principles It must provide enhanced political and legal guidelines with a set of incentives and sanctions for the environmental behavior of all countries within their capacities and with respect to their sovereignty b institutional to fulfill the WEC mandate a global system of environmental governance under the umbrella of the World Environmental Organization WEO a fully fledged UN agency created through the transformation of the UNEP The WEC is principally a new concept that will define the legal status of a human being not only as a citizen of a state but also as a citizen of the planet with basic environmental rights privileges and responsibilities It will close gaps in the international legislative regulation and will represent a comprehensive international environmental policy in a concentrated form The idea of a WEC is as old as Rio 92 First declared by scientists in April 1992 it has been repeatedly emphasized by Ukraine at UNGA sessions since 1997 During the 20 years following Rio 92 leaders from Germany Brazil Singapore South Africa Ukraine France and other countries have urged at UN General Assembly Sessions and other high level political fora the necessity to create the WEO and an enhanced legal framework to achieve the goals of sustainable development The European Union has submitted a similar proposal to the Rio 20 outcome document This side event will focus on how to achieve the required efficiency of the future WEO and other bodies of global environmental governance In our view this task is inseparable from creating the enhanced legal framework for a transition to a green economy Thus the establishment of the WEO and development of the WEC should be undertaken simultaneously as one unified goal Yuriy Tunytsya Executive Director of IIAREP will be the main speaker at the event Other expected discussants include experts in international

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  • Rio+20 : Energy Day
    to Action 10 05 10 45 Moderator Chad Holliday Chair of the Board Bank of America Panel Rob Bernard Chief Environmental Strategist Microsoft Pham Hoang Mai Vietnam Ministry of Planning and Investment Director General Caio Koch Weser Vice Chairman Deutsche Bank Emmanuel Limido President of Centuria Capital and of WIRE David Michael Karabelnikoff First Alaskan Network Session 2 Financing Energy for Sustainable Development 10 55 11 50 Moderator Andrew Steer Special Envoy for Climate Change World Bank Group Panel Michael Liebreich CEO Blooomberg New Energy Finance Govind Raj Pokharel Executive Director Alternative Energy Promotion Centre Oluniyi Robbin Coker Minister of Energy Sierra Leone Elbia Melo President Brazilian Association of Wind Session 3 Country Level Actions for Energy Access 12 00 12 55 Moderator Veerle Vandeweerde Director Environment Energy Group Bureau for Development Policy UNDP Panel Klaus Rudischhauser Director Quality and Impact European Commission Sulton Rahimov First Deputy Minister of Melioration and Water Resources Management of Tajikistan Irene Muloni Senior Minister of Energy Mineral Development Uganda Geoffrey Musonda Assistant Director Department of Energy Zambia Susan McDade United Nations Resident Coordinator Uruguay Christoph Frei Secretary General World Energy Council Session 4 Sustainable Energy Solutions Efficiency and Renewables 13 05 14 00 Moderator Christine Lins Executive Secretary Ren21 Panel Harry Verhaar Head of global public government affairs Philips Tamko Hamza Office of the Vice President of Ghana Marta Bonifert Executive Director The Regional Environmental Center Hungary Steve Sawyer Secretary General Global Wind Energy Council Martin Lidegaard Minster of Energy Denmark Session 5 Energy Enabling the MDGs Water and Food Security 14 10 15 00 Moderator Alexander Mueller Assistant Director General FAO Panel Gregg Murray CEO Cleanstar Mozambique Susan Reichie Assistant Administrator Bureau of Policy Planning and Learning USAID Christian Friis Bach Minister for Development Cooperation of Denmark Simon Trace CEO Practical Action Youba Sokona Coordinator African Climate Policy Centre ACPC tbc Session 6 Energy Enabling the MDGs Health and Women s Empowerment 15 10 16 00 Moderator Maria Neira Director of the Public Health and Environment Department World Health Organization Panel Margaret Chan Director General World Health Organization Kandeh Yumkella Director General UN Industrial Development Organiastion Lashmi Puri Deputy Executive Director UN Women High level participant French Development Cooperation Haja Zainab Bangura Minister of Health of Sierra Leone Laura Stachel Co Founder and Executive Director WE CARE Solar Radha Muthiah Executive Director Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves Session 7 Energy Monitoring and Planning for Sustainable Development 16 10 17 00 Moderator José Goldemberg Professor University of Sao Paulo Panel Hans Holger Rogner Head Planning Economic Studies Section IAEA Mauricio Tolmasquim President Empresa de Pesquisa Energética Brazil George Prime Minister of Carriacou Petite Martinique Affairs Grenada Matar Hamed Al Neyadi Undersecretary Ministry of Energy UAE Miguel Fernandez Director ENERGETICA Bolivia Session 8 Local Actions to Advance Sustainable Energy 17 10 18 00 Moderator Dolf Gielen Director IRENA Innovation and Technology Centre International Renewable Energy Agency Panel Sigurd Heiberg Chairman UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy Jim Walker co founder of the Climate Group Taher Diab

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  • Rio+20 : Leaders' Forum on the Future Women Want: Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment for Sustainable Development
    21 June 2012 The event on is envisioned as an all day event with Ms Michelle Bachelet Executive Director of UN Women as the convener Eminent leaders representing their governments the United Nations civil society organizations including grassroots groups the private sector and the academia will share their experiences and contribute to the visioning on the way forward in advancing gender equality and women s empowerment in sustainable development Social media platforms will be utilized both to hear various voices from around the world to be shared to the participants as well as to disseminate to a broader audience the key messages emanating from the discussions Detailed programme The Leaders Forum will be structured into five main sessions the opening session three thematic sessions and the closing session In addition there will be a special event showcasing women s innovation and the presentation of the SEED Gender Equality Award Opening session The Opening session will feature opening remarks by Ms Bachelet UN Women Executive Director and other prominent women leaders Thematic Sessions The thematic sessions will focus on three strategic themes on gender equality and women s empowerment within the sustainable development agenda Session I Normative Frameworks and the Integration of the Three Pillars of Sustainable Development At this thematic session speakers will illustrate progress made in the implementation of key normative frameworks for gender equality and women s empowerment and make recommendations for addressing the remaining gaps and challenges They will highlight how prioritizing gender equality and women s empowerment and linking the three dimensions of sustainable development can create multiplier effects for sustainable development results Special Event Showcasing Women s Innovation and SEED Gender Equality Award Ceremony The event will showcase women s innovations aimed at empowering women and promoting the goals of sustainable development It will also

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  • Rio+20 : Energy for All and Global Sustainability: new scenarios and governance
    PBL UNDESA Afican Climate Policy Center ACPC Introduction Presentation and panel discussion of the very latest new scenario work relating to energy for all in the context of global sustainability The side event is centered around three just published global studies and will be followed by a panel discussion with a number of leading development thinkers globally who will reflect on implications in terms of sustainable development goals including social environmental and economic aspects as well as the governance frameworks required from local to subnational levels to shape the future The work will feed directly into the discussions about how sustainable energy can be represented in the follow up of the Rio outcomes including the work on formulating sustainable development goals In particular it will discuss how international goals of environmental and resource sustainability efficiency and energy access can be reconciled and made coherent over the long term and what types of governance and institutional frameworks will be required at the international level Detailed programme This side event with present the very latest state of the art of global scenarios with a particular focus on the sustainable energy for all agenda The side event is centered around three just published global studies and will be followed by a panel discussion with a number of leading development thinkers globally who will reflect on implications in terms of sustainable development goals including social environmental and economic aspects as well as the governance frameworks required from local to subnational levels to shape the future Presenters include Alex Roehrl UNDESA who will present UNDESA s own meta analysis of sustainability scenarios Keywan Riahi Nebojsa Nakicenovic IIASA who will present the recently published Global Energy Assessment Måns Nilsson Charlie Heaps SEI who will present the global assessment Energy for all in the Anthropocene and Detlef

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  • Rio+20 : Innovation in Green Growth Technology for Developing Countries
    innovation from basic research to commercialization for environmental sustainability The vast majority of this innovation has occurred in less than a dozen developed countries leaving a real risk that Least Developed Countries could miss the opportunity to leap frog their current developing pathways onto more environmentally sustainable trajectories How can international cooperation best support strengthening of research and development institutions in the developing world Can innovative strategies bolster access to Intellectual Property How can other models like joint innovation centers support Base of the Pyramid innovation While capacity building for green growth in BRIC countries has soared there remains tremendous need for green growth innovation in LDCs Please join us to discuss a proposal for a new architecture that could support exactly this type of innovation Detailed programme Thematic Focus Proposal of a new international architecture to stimulate innovation for green growth in developing countries Speakers Prof Jose Goldemberg Univ Sao Paulo Brazil Dr Jason Eis from the Global Green Growth Institute London Prof Steven Griffiths Masdar Institute UAE Dr Nathan E Hultman Brookings Institution and University of Maryland Longer Description The challenges of the 21st century will require developed and developing countries alike to transform our approaches to sustainable economic development Central to the concept of sustainable development is technological innovation from basic research to commercialization To date the vast majority of clean technology innovation has occurred in developed countries where strong research universities publicly and privately funded laboratories and intellectual property regimes have successfully encouraged entrepreneurship for green growth The challenge for developing countries is to ensure that they particularly the Least Developed Countries LDCs do not miss out on this technological transformation and the opportunity to leap frog their own development pathways onto more environmentally friendly development trajectories Stronger international cooperation may provide important impetus to this

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