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  • Rio+20 : Sustainable Energy for All - implications and opportunities for Africa
    Centre ACPC Pan Africa Climate Justice Alliance PACJA Introduction The Sustainable Energy for All SEfA goals will have particular implications for sub Saharan African countries where 70 of people do not have access to electricity and 80 cook on wood or charcoal stoves When many Africa countries aspire to become middle income or developed economies in the next two decades and many have large fossil fuel reserves how can low carbon sustainable goals be met without hindering economic objectives How can peoples total energy needs best be met and how can the wealth of renewable energy resources across Africa be better exploited to deliver access for all Can Africa countries become leaders in sustainable energy This event brings together civil society private sector and government to explore implications of SEFA for African nations and people How can benefits be maximised What initiatives and investment are needed to make it a reality Detailed programme This will be a panel event with experts from Chair Abeeku Brew Hammond Ghana Energy Commission Speakers Alison Doig Christian Aid Grace Mukasa Practical Action Youba Sakona or Yacob Mulugetta Africa Climate Policy Centre United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Ewah Eleri PACJA civil society network Kenyan government spokesperson Private Sector speaker tba In response to the UN Secretary General s High Level Panel on Sustainable Energy for All this side event will explore the implications of the three goals for Africa The goals state that by 2030 there should be universal access to modern energy services a doubling of the rate of improvement in energy efficiency and a doubling of the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix The goals have clear implications for poverty reduction in Africa and for a low carbon green economy The presentation and following discussion will cover issues from

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  • Rio+20 : UN-Water Day (part1)
    the Rio 20 Conference 3 To focus on the means of implementation particularly focusing on the action areas where the United Nations can act together through UN Water The Water Day will bring the UN Water contribution to the Rio 20 Conference building on the UN Water Statement for the Rio 20 Conference submitted to the Rio 20 Secretariat in November 2011 and on the UN Water Deliverables for Rio 20 submitted in March 2012 through the United Nations High Level Committee on Programmes At the Water Day UN Water will release its Report on Water Resources Management specifically produced for Rio 20 and it will engage in high level panel discussions on the relevance of water in the Rio 20 outcomes and beyond and on the role of the human right to water and to sanitation Finally 2013 the International Year of Water Cooperation will be introduced as a first concrete step to follow on the Rio 20 outcomes Detailed programme 9 30 11 30 Session 1 Integrated Water Resources Management IWRM Benefiting countries for a sustainable and equitable future 9 30 9 35 Welcome address Michel Jarraud Chair UN Water 9 35 9 40 Keynote address Achim Steiner Executive Director United Nations Environment Programme UNEP 9 40 10 00 Presentation Key findings of UN Water Status Report on the Application of Integrated Approaches to the Development Management and Use of Water Resources Peter Koefoed Bjornsen Director UNEP DHI Centre for Water and Environment 10 00 11 10 Panel discussion and Q A with the audience Moderator Veerle Vandeweerd Director Environment Energy Group Bureau for Development Policy United Nations Development Programme UNDP Panellists short statements followed by discussion H E Ville Niinisto Minister of the Environment Finland H E Rashad bin Fahad Minister of Environment and Water United Arab

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  • Rio+20 : The Power of One Child: youth and children leading the way
    is the essence of sustainable development Detailed programme In 2012 as the world reconvenes in Rio to assess current environmental challenges and evaluate progress made since the development of Agenda 21 it is imperative that we emphasize the importance not only of recognizing children as key stakeholders in the policy making process but also of promoting environmental education for sustainable development as a means of enabling future leaders to find innovative solutions to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change and environmental degradation in their lives communities and countries These efforts increase the awareness within communities on the risks environmental issues pose to their health and livelihoods The engagement of children and young people in their communities is directly related to the Rio 2012 s green economy theme which addresses sustainable development and poverty eradication The conference will aim to incorporate long term environmental approaches into all levels of policy making as well as emphasizing the need to converge economic and environmental goals in order to achieve Agenda 21 s objectives As pointed out by the conference s description this success will require intragenerational and intergenerational equity By including and encouraging interaction between children and youth in a process that has excluded them so far we can help give continuity to the work started in 1992 With that in mind ECI UNICEF HACEY the British Council and Escola Parque wanted to bring together active young environmental activists that have been involved in initiatives with that have been implemented in their communities are the most knowledgeable and best contributors to Rio s debates because they epitomize real action from their own experiences This roundtable will discuss their past experiences and expectations for the conference s outcome with special focus on the importance of cooperation between children and youth in

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  • Rio+20 : Sustainable Intensification,Agroecology - Right to Food and Climate
    with a clear commitment to a pro poor approach In December 2011 Misereor published two reports Biochar a climate smart solution and No till agriculture a climate smart solution AS PTA Advisory Services for Alternative Agriculture Projects has been working since 1983 to strengthen family farming and promoting sustainable rural development in Brazil through the application of agro ecological principles AS PTA is engaged in dialogue with the Brazilian government on the National Agro ecological Policy an official initiative to be launched during the Rio 20 conference AS PTA is a leading member of the National Agro ecological Alliance ANA which brings together movements networks and organisations engaged in the construction of alternative sustainable rural development IATP Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food farm and trade systems IATP s expertise in climate and agriculture includes recent submissions to the UNFCCC Working Group on Long term Cooperative Action concerning three issues 1 what work the UNFCCC s Substantive Body on Scientific and Technological Advice SBSTA should undertake on agriculture and climate change 2 various approaches including the use of carbon emissions credit trading to finance projects to reduce greenhouse gases 3 the definition of a New Market Mechanism that would include carbon trading but also provide more accounting flexibility for developed country Parties to meet their GHG emissions reduction targets SECAM Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar is the Pan African Bishops Conference bringing together the African Church s leadership from 37 countries and 9 regions The Church in Africa is a strong advocate for social justice peace democratization food security and use of natural resources for the common good on the continent Introduction Among key issues under discussion at UNCSD are agriculture and climate change sustainable intensification of food production and appropriate technologies for sustainable agriculture In light of the right to food this side event will review what kind of climate friendly intensification is needed and what technologies and practices should be considered as appropriate Based on investigations and evidence the panel will examine whether approaches promoted by stakeholders in the context of the green economy such as no tillage farming low external input agriculture and their inclusion in carbon markets represent real solutions in view of human rights and climate criteria The results of joint scientific research and projects will be presented bringing new light to promising practices and policy measures to support their scale up Detailed programme Programme Opening and keynote address Mr Bernd Nilles Secretary General CIDSE Archbishop Paul Ouedraogo Burkina Faso Pan African Bishops Conference SECAM Panelists Mr Jean Marc von der Weid Director Family Farming and Agroecology AS PTA Brazil Ms Loretta Dormal Marino Deputy Director General DG Agriculture European Commission Ms Anika Schroeder Climate Policy Adviser MISEREOR Germany Dr Miguel Altieri Professor of Agroecology University of California Berkeley Moderated by Ms Monika Hoegen journalist Key topics for the panel include What does sustainable intensification

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  • Rio+20 : Institutional arrangements for projects of PES in Lat. America & Brazil
    life on Earth Daily 1997 such as for instance air and water purification mitigation of floods and draughts pollination of both agriculture and natural vegetation pest control seed dispersal and nutrient cycling the conservation of biodiversity from which humankind depends for food medicine and industrial development climate regulation an aesthetic and intellectual stimulus for the human spirit Each year environmental problems grow due to high deforestation rates pollution and environmental degradation As a result the consumption of environmental services by society is exceeding the capacity of support from land and marine ecosystems Why not then pay for them When we consume a service or a product at a cost a trend arises that its use occurs in a rational manner Heal 2000 Within this context the Payment for Environmental Services PES arises as an economic acknowledgement of the protection of ecosystems and the sustainable use of the soil through the protector receiver and user payer concepts Ministry of Environment of Brazil 2011 This means that landowners who protect their natural areas and as a result provide environmental services can be awarded for their efforts in maintaining these services Until 2008 the State of Watershed Payments Stanton et al 2010 lists 127 PES projects being undertaken with an estimated value of US 9 3 billion Launched in 2006 by the Boticário Group Foundation for Nature Protection a Brazilian non profit institution established in 1990 which has the mission statement of promoting and performing nature conservation actions the Oasis project financially awards rural landowners who conserve natural areas in their properties This initiative which has been implemented in São Paulo SP Apucarana PR and São Bento do Sul SC has undergone a review and methodological evaluation because of the growing demand giving way to a new more flexible model of PES calculation which is capable of attending different social economic and environmental realities all over Brazil which was created as part of the initiative s national expansion process In addition to a new calculation formula for environmental valuation of properties a computer system was developed for online management as well as an implementation manual which helps partner institutions to plan and structure their local projects to define the environmental valuation calculation to select landowners to monitor and assess results as well as to seek possible financing sources Within this context the State Attorney s Office of Minas Gerais in search of alternatives to establish biodiversity conservation mechanisms at the Serra da Moeda to the southwest of Brumadinho MG sought the Boticário Group Foundation to establish a partnership aiming at the implementation of a PES project focused on the conservation of natural areas and their subsequent benefits to the availability and quality of water in the area This project provides the support from the State Attorney s Office in making financial resources available for the implementation of the project as well as the partnership by the Associação Mineira de Defesa do Ambiente AMDA as local co executor for property registering and monitoring The

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  • Rio+20 : You have never seen...so much green
    Jun 2012 Room P3 E You have never seen so much green Organizing partners government of Suriname Introduction Suriname will be presenting a Side Event in Rio on the above mentioned UN Conference not only to impress the guests but make sure that Suriname brand will be heard and seen all over with the aim of Funding for the Suriname Greening Process Aspect of the Side Event Presentation of the Brand Presentation of the Greening Policy of Surinam Presentation of the different cultures Presentation of the Indigenous people The effects of the branding to ensure poverty alleviation in the areas at the end Detailed programme Furthermore The President of the Republic of Surinam will be addressing a speech where all the aspects of Greening will be mentioned It is therefore very important that Surinam gets the main attraction of all relevant countries and international organizations Because the fact that Side Events are everywhere see Durban example the by Surinam organized Side Events must be especially to attract people guests to not only visit these Side Events but to be involved in Suriname s interest This means that besides the overall presentation gender and gender policy must be a main issue

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  • Rio+20 : Low Carbon High Resilience Infrastructure for Sustainable Development
    65 176 in procurement civil works and physical infrastructure development UNOPS primary contribution to sustainable development is made by supporting countries and their communities in their efforts to design and build high quality low carbon emission infrastructure and protect these precious investments against climate risks The main purpose of the side event will be to launch new initiatives and partnerships in these areas Detailed programme The thematic focus of the side event is on infrastructure and sustainable development Infrastructure is a precondition for economic and social development spurring and sustaining the achievements of the MDGs in developing countries Conversely inadequate infrastructure may have detrimental impacts on all three dimensions of sustainable development including environmental degradation and pollution human displacement health risks and loss of livelihoods According to the World Investment Report 2008 by the UN Conference on Trade and Development UNCTAD developing countries spend on average 3 4 per cent of their Gross Domestic Product GDP on infrastructure investment However the future need for infrastructure investments largely exceeds the current amounts It is estimated that this percentage has to increase to 7 9 per cent in order to stimulate economic growth and reduce poverty Bridging the infrastructure gap in a climate resilient manner will be critical for the achievement of sustainable development in the decades to come Building infrastructure more efficiently through new climate friendly technologies putting in place sound regulatory frameworks and appropriate planning are essential in order to foster development As a central resource of the UN for procurement civil works and physical infrastructure development UNOPS primary contribution to sustainable development is made by supporting countries and their communities in their efforts to design and build high quality low carbon emission infrastructure and protect these precious investments against climate risks Climate change threatens to derail development and undermine any achievements already made However if both infrastructure and communities are made more resilient to climate hazards it is possible to manage the related risks and foster sustainable development From UNOPS particular vantage point this can be done based on its specific expertise implementing projects in the infrastructure and environment sector in close partnership with beneficiary communities and by sharing relevant experiences across various countries and regions with similar local conditions and challenges Addressing the nexus of Climate Change Infrastructure Communities C I C is likely to be more and more critical for several decades to come for the vast majority of people on earth This nexus can be addressed through two types of initiatives that will advance sustainable development by promoting a green economy and alleviating poverty Constructing low carbon and climate resilient infrastructure Designing building and maintaining infrastructure that can withstand CC impacts while reducing greenhouse gas emissions Building communities resilience to climate induced disasters Making communities more prepared to anticipate cope with and recover from climate induced extreme events The governments of El Salvador Gambia and Philippines have requested UNOPS assistance in developing projects on these types of initiatives These request are consecutive to several years of

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  • Rio+20 : Tackling displacement by natural disasters in the sustainable development
    respond and adapt The achievement of sustainable development goals requires strengthened policy and operational responses to address the displacement risks and related protection concerns for especially the poorest people and durable solutions for displaced persons as integral to development efforts Detailed programme The event will take form as a panel discussion followed by plenary discussion with the following speakers Welcome by Elisabeth Rasmusson Secretary General The Norwegian Refugee Council Introduction facilitation by Manuel Bessler Assistant Director General of Swiss Development Cooperation Head of Humanitarian Aid Department and Head of the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit SHA Government of Switzerland Displacement by disasters a sustainable development concern by Elisabeth Rasmusson Secretary General The Norwegian Refugee Council presenting a new report Global estimates 2011 People displaced by natural hazard induced disasters Taking up the global challenge of disaster induced displacement by Heikki Holmas Minister for Development Government of Norway Climatic changes and displacement in Egypt by Mostafa Hussein Kamal Egyptian Minister of State for Environment A regional policy perspective from Asia and the Pacific by Seethapathy Chander Director General Regional and Sustainable Development Department Asian Development Bank Plenary discussion Closing remarks by Heikki Holmas Minister for Development Government of Norway Displacement by disasters is not a new challenge but it is a growing and increasingly complex one that is directly linked to the effects of unsustainable development practices such as ecosystem degradation increased poverty and inequality as well as climate variability and extremes on disaster risk and posing a threat to lives and development efforts In addition to disproportionately affecting the poorest countries disasters disproportionately affect the most vulnerable communities within countries This is a key symptom of un sustainable development People displaced by disasters face particular risks requiring assistance and protection of their rights and experience shows that the longer displacement continues unresolved the greater these risks may become Impacts also extend to people amongst whom the displaced take refuge and who may be vulnerable themselves or who are left behind in places of origin People caught in protracted displacement situations are unable to fully engage in rebuilding their lives and communities and to contribute to national prosperity Others may return home following evacuation only to face huge hurdles to their recovery and the continued risk of further displacement More often than not such populations are not systematically identified and their specific needs and rights incorporated into sustainable development policies and planning The vast majority of displaced persons remain within their countries of origin and a smaller number may cross borders in search of refuge While government responsibility for those displaced by disasters and remaining within their borders is clear the scale and complexity of the challenges related to displacement often require strengthened capacity knowledge and resources to enable effective and rights based responses For those who cross borders there is a normative gap in the international protection regime that has yet to be addressed and no mechanisms for cross border cooperation between relevant actors In all cases where an international response

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