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  • Rio+20 : Addressing Desertification and Land Degradation in LDC, LLDCs and SIDs
    of countries combat desertification land degradation food insecurity and water related issues Detailed programme The UNCCD noted the high concentration of developing countries notably the LDCs among those experiencing serious drought and or desertification and the particularly tragic consequences of these phenomena in Africa The Convention underscored that the Parties to it should take into full consideration the special needs and circumstances of affected developing country Parties particularly the least developed among them There is an obligation by developed countries to actively support as agreed individually or jointly the efforts of affected developing country Parties particularly those in Africa and the least developed countries to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought Land degradation and environmental degradation is highlighted as priorities in the programmes of action for LDCs and SIDS The Barbados programme of action stated that the major long term land management issue in SIDS is the degradation of the limited land area due to a variety of factors including overuse because of high population pressure on a limited resource base deforestation due to unsustainable commercial logging or permanent conversion to agricultural or grazing pursuits and other episodic events such as fire Natural events such as catastrophic cyclones are also major contributors Land degradation of that kind results in accelerated erosion and a resultant decline in fertility and productivity a deterioration in water quality and the siltation of rivers lagoons and reefs Deforestation is also linked to a decline in the continuity and quality of village water supply the depletion of genetic wood and non wood plant resources and the fading away of traditional forest lagoon and reef based subsistence life systems The Istanbul programme of action for LDCs acknowledges linkages between Agriculture food and nutritional security and rural development and land degredation It recognizes that agriculture development in LDCs has been suffering from adverse impacts of climate change environmental degradation desertification land and soil degradation declining water availability and degrading water quality The agriculture sector in LDCs faces huge challenges owing to lack of adequate investment in physical infrastructure scientific and technological development research and agricultural extension services In order to adequately reduce vulnerabilities LDCs LLDCs and SIDS must put in place policies and institutions that strengthen their resilience in combating desertification and land degradation which directly impacts on all the three pillars of sustainable development Reducing vulnerability requires international support in the form of technical and financial assistance and capacity building In this side event the aim of OHRLLS and its partners is to assist in the identification of policy measures through the sharing of national regional experiences that work and can help these groups of countries to reduce their vulnerabilities and to mobilize international support for capacity building and increased technical and financial resources in favour of its three groups vulnerable countries address desertification land degradation food security and water access issues that they may face which will contribute to promoting sustained growth and sustainable development Outcome The outcome of the side event will reaffirm

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  • Rio+20 : Sustainable Development Under Occupation: Achievements and Challenges
    Calendar Map Registration By Category Preparatory Committees Intersessionals Informal Consultations Regional Member States Major Groups Bureau United Nations IGOs Information Lead organizer Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine 11 30 13 00 Date 19 Jun 2012 Room T 6 Sustainable Development Under Occupation Achievements and Challenges Organizing partners Palestine Ministry of Planning and Administrative Development Ministry of Environment Affairs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Introduction The representative of the president of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas to the UNCSD RIO 20 H E Dr Riad Malki Minister of Foreign Affairs will open the side event to outline the Palestinian vision to achieve sustainable economic growth and development while being subjected to the ongoing Israeli occupation The session will be based on the 2nd Palestinian sustainable development report titled Sustainable Development under Occupation Achievements and Challenges Detailed programme Palestine will present its achievements as well as the tremendous obstacles the Palestinian people encounter in striving towards sustainable development in the face of the ongoing Israeli occupation The report is not merely a governmental perspective on sustainable development but it is a multi stakeholders view that seeks to address the main themes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development namely green economy poverty eradication as

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  • Rio+20 : CLIMATE CHANGE DISASTERS-THE ROLE OF THE GLOBAL FIRST RESPONDERS in RR
    Detailed programme Experts consulting the UNFCCC in 2008 recorded that during the past 20 years the number of recorded disasters has doubled from approximately 200 to more than 400 per year As this number continues to escalate the systematic incorporation of risk reduction approaches into the design and implementation of emergency preparedness response and recovery programs in the preparation and reconstruction of affected communities becomes more critical Nurses Across the Borders NAB SeaTrust Institute and Africa Environmental Network propose to partner with the UNISDR and other DRR specialists at Rio 20 to demonstrate the symbiotic qualities of directly incorporating human health into DRR in a new way that delivers outcomes that help countries achieve their MDGs This approach is informed by the Hyogo Framework for Action and integrates with traditional and newer risk management strategies Our Strategy through our RIO 20 Side Event presentations bring health experts together with DRR experts to examine new synergistic approaches that apply at multilateral national and community levels This partnership can open new communications channels between disciplinary experts and provide a forum for new ideas to emerge that will help developing countries face their most critical challenges One of the most called for approaches to DRR is building local capacity and innovation through knowledge and education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels The UNISDR recommended to the African Union Summit in 2010 that Member States create a network of capacity development institutions for training research and information management and exchange at country sub regional and regional levels in collaboration with international and regional partners The official report from Durban published 15 March 2012 Decision5 CP 17 invites Parties to employ the modalities for national adaptation plans formally extending the notion beyond LDCs to all developing countries to promote synergy and strengthen engagement with national regional and international organizations Integrating the role of health and first responders into these plans is a crucial next step Purpose Aims Our aim is to reach out to global collaborators in building a network of experts and funders to help in building the capacity of Global FIRST RESPONDERS Nurses Doctors Pharmacists ally health care providers beginning in Africa and Asia two regions that suffer extreme adverse effects of climate change related disasters By building first responder capacity in highly at risk regions lives will be saved as response depends on the assistance or care received within the first 48 hours following any disaster Secondly we shall be reinforcing the call for membership to the Coalition of Health and Environment Climate Change Initiative in collaboration with the WHO a collaborative forum of major stakeholders in the climate change campaign and the ground based training and support effort Capacity Building for Nurses on Climate Change and Human Health and Surveillance of Changes in Diseases This capacity building initiative began during COP 15 in Copenhagen and expanded at COP 16 in Mexico and COP 17 in Durban Finally the Side Event will provide the forum for the

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  • Rio+20 : Zero Waste Strategies and Actions towards Sustainable Cities
    programme Moving towards zero waste is inherently a multi stakeholder process which calls for partnerships within and between communities businesses industries and all levels of government With the diversification of waste streams worldwide as well as the growing presence of chemicals and hazardous and toxic elements in the general waste stream the complexity and daunting nature of waste management challenges therefore require a more extensive collaboration and partnerships among those stakeholders with the central role of local authorities and municipalities With this background the International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities IPLA was launched on 12 May 2011 at the nineteen session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development CSD in New York The proposed side event will be the first IPLA meeting in Rio de Janeiro City Brazil what makes it an unprecedented event which in occasion of the Rio 20 will provide the presentations and discussion on the most important issues currently dealt in the solid waste field with a comprehensive and practical view to find out the ways and guidelines at the development of strategies and actions for moving towards low carbon and zero waste societies The event which is co organized by IPLA ISWA ABRELPE COMLURB and UNCRD will feature lectures given by international resources persons and experts who will address a range of relevant topics fitting this new reality seeking the improvement of currently implemented systems and the improvement of the adopted practices For this the programme will be conducted with the objective of promoting in the light of national and international experiences a broad discussion on a range of alternatives for the issue of solid waste management focusing on measures that effectively promote the low carbon and zero waste societies including themes like resource efficiency 3Rs reduce reuse recycle and

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  • Rio+20 : Crossborder Projects of Maiombe and Kaza: The actual status of implementation
    19 Jun 2012 Room P3 4 Crossborder Projects of Maiombe and Kaza The actual status of implementation Organizing partners Ministry of the Environment of The Republic of Angola Introduction The Mayombe Project aims at enhancing the implementation of the plan of action of the Convention on Biodiversity at regional level Along this line Angola and countries involved in the Mayombe area of conservation RDC e Congo signed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU in order to implement joint projects for the forest protection and conservation The Kaza Project It is a cooperation project between some countries in the region of Southern Africa Development Community SADC Angola Namibia Botswana and South Africa Kaza focuses in implementing joint actions to preserve wetlands conservation of biodiversity and develop eco tourism projects in the region Detailed programme Project of Mayombe Being Mayombe Forest the second largest in the world the project seeks to ensure the preservation and protection of ecosystem in order to guarantee the conservation of biological diversity the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources Also it will facilitate the exchange of information relevant to the conservation and

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  • Rio+20 : Caribbean Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development
    By Category Preparatory Committees Intersessionals Informal Consultations Regional Member States Major Groups Bureau United Nations IGOs Information Lead organizer United Nations Association of the Dominican Republic UNA DR 11 30 13 00 Date 19 Jun 2012 Room T 9 Documents 144Economia ambiental y Desarrollo Sostenible FUNGLODE RIO 20 Jun 06 12 ppt Environmental Economics and Sustainable Development by Abel Hernández PhD 1451 Rio 20 Funglode jovenes ppt About Rio 20 by María Eugenia Morales Photos Caribbean Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development Organizing partners United Nations Association of the Dominican Republic UNA DR and the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development GFDD in collaboration with the Dominican Ministry for the Environment Introduction We plan to host a panel highlighting current initiatives being organized in the Dominican Republic for environmental care and sustainable development Detailed programme We are going to discuss the results obtained from national surveys and cosultation forums in the Dominican Republic where youth have voiced their opinions and perspectives with regards to the looming topic of Sustainable Development With 3 Rio 20 simulations each with approximately 100 students representing diverse points of view we ve accumulated a vast repository of policy demands and alternatives We ll be focusing on

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  • Rio+20 : Taking the Pulse of the Planet: Observing networks to support Climate
    what can we do about it We believe that answering these questions begins with establishing scientifically reliable robust and continuous measurements of environmental attributes While climate change is well understood at global scales additional observations and science are needed on finer temporal and spatial scales to develop the level of understanding required to solve the challenges that society will face in the decades ahead How do we take continuous observations and how we convert those observations into environmental intelligence in real time This talk will explore how this very task is being accomplished to address key climate adaptation and mitigation challenges Detailed programme Since the 1970s 95 of fatalities from extreme weather have occurred in the developing world and overall 200B is lost annually due to severe weather Many global meteorological services lack technology and tools to effectively monitor and warn of pending severe weather events Amazingly an estimated 6 5 billion people in the world lack access to quality weather information and warnings Yet there are 6 billion mobile phones in use Can we generate and deliver severe weather warnings in real time This talk will show how that is possible and being done today The famous Mauna Loa record was established by Dr Charles David Keeling in 1958 at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and this continuous measurement is the foundation of much climate science and has documented the rapid rise of global greenhouse gas concentrations Cities today drive 70 of global carbon emissions that our driving up global GHG concentrations There is an urgent and unmet need to consistently measure and track carbon emissions for cities and for the planet Private public partnerships are today being created to measure carbon emissions from urban to continental scales This talk will share the approach and results from the initial deployment

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  • Rio+20 : Green Growth Approach in the River Basin Management Planning
    using new technologies for reuse of waste water in irrigation Detailed programme To carry water resources to the future generation in a clean and healthy way it is necessary to use water with protection and to consider water within a framework of soil living being climate relation Development in technology has been a tool to provide maximum benefit from water resources Parallel to this development with the increase in urbanization and industrialization especially during 1980s problems related with environmental pollution had arised and the most affected natural resource was water resources In order to protect and enhance the existing water quality of our water resources it is necessary at first to know the qualification of the water and then to define the protection principles within the framework of consumption protection equilibrium Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs has constituted its pathway by defining short medium and long term goals Especially with the effect of European Union period harmonization of legislation planning for implementation enhancing the institutional capacity defining the management models intended for treatment and disposal setting economic instruments such as incentives and sanctions water policies have brought into action General Directorate of Water Management is developing some plans considering EU standards Basin Protection Action Plans which have been prepared by General Directorate of Water Management have the same vision with River Basin Management Plans It will not be so diffucult to change those action plans into EU standards The success of Turkey on EU membership process will be moved in practice by those plans Basin Protection Action Plans for 25 basins in Turkey aims protection of the water resources potential in every condition best use of water resources prevention of pollution improving the quality of polluted water resources When the action plans are implemented the pressures on water ecosystem

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