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  • Rio+20 : Health within the Green Economy: Multisectoral Frameworks for NCD Control and Sustainable Development
    and sustainable development are inherently linked Forms of development that create environmental problems almost always have important health implications while the failure to adequately address pressing health issues undermines sustainable development efforts Rio 20 provides a critical opportunity to discuss how multisectoral frameworks for sustainable development can help create environments that promote health and help prevent and control non communicable diseases NCDs like cancer diabetes heart and lung diseases In particular the panel will focus on three critical development challenges that link NCDs and environmental concerns nutrition healthy cities and tobacco control Detailed programme Global sustainable development resolutions e g Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Declaration and global health resolutions e g Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of Non communicable Diseases and the resolution of the WHO Meeting on the Social Determinants of Health draw attention to the important links between health and the environment and progress toward poverty eradication The complexities of addressing these challenges to sustainable development are often acknowledged as requiring multisectoral solutions and institutional frameworks for effective policies and programs As world leaders and experts secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development assess progress to date and to address new and emerging challenges at Rio 20 it is important that attention is drawn to the topic of non communicable diseases NCDs and their links to economic development and the environment There is a need to integrate NCDs into multisectoral sustainable development frameworks as well as a complementary need to increase engagement of sectors beyond the health sector in global and national frameworks for NCD prevention and control This side event organized by the American Cancer Society in collaboration with the NCD Alliance will unite international experts including representatives from governments intergovernmental organizations and civil society organizations for a panel discussion on multisectoral platforms that

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  • Rio+20 : Sustainable Development Goals: From 'silo thinking' towards an integrated approach. Insights from the European Report on Development
    Presentation side event 353Research team PPT ppt Research team PPT 354Press Release EN European Report on Development Rio 20 pdf Press release 355Side event coverage pdf Coverage side event Videos Photos Sustainable Development Goals From silo thinking towards an integrated approach Insights from the European Report on Development Organizing partners Government of the United Kingdom Introduction The Rio 20 Conference is leading a new agenda around Sustainable Development Goals SDGs combining economic social and environmental targets Poor countries and the poorest people within them need growth and access to natural resources for human development which will require socioeconomic targets Increased pressures on the planet s natural resources will require environmental targets The discussion on the SDGs should provide the opportunity to not only look at each resource individually but also take account of the extensive linkages among resources such as water energy and land the WEL nexus The new European Report on Development ERD Confronting Scarcity Managing water energy and land for inclusive and sustainable growth suggests an ambitious integrated approach which would embrace this nexus avoiding perverse solutions and stimulating innovation The ERD 2012 is an independent report prepared by ODI DIE GDI and ECDPM and supported by the

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  • Rio+20 : The Landscape: Transformative Action thru Cross-Sectoral Coordination
    expertise and the transformative power that emerges when sustainable economic growth and food systems are combined Food security is one illustration of the critical need for cross sectoral approaches to economic development We cannot feed people without protecting forests or protect forests without feeding people We cannot sustainably grow our economies without valuing our environment We must bridge the gaps between agriculture forests water land and energy and between rhetoric and action The event will focus on two sectors agriculture and forests Detailed programme The side event will be held at the Heads of State and Ministers level The venue is requested within the pavilion This side event will focus on two sectors agriculture and forests Speakers His Excellency Mr Rafael Correa President of the Republic of Ecuador pending Kofi Annan TBC Rachel Kyte Vice President and Network Head Sustainable Development World Bank Zukang Sha Secretary General United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development TBC Eduardo Rojas Briales CPF Chair Other Heads of State and Ministers pending Expected contribution to the outcome of UNCSD Rio 20 The endorsement by leaders of the need for an integrated approach across agriculture and forests as a pilot initiative to achieve a fundamental change Key messages to be considered include adopting a landscape approach to sector planning catalyzing cross sectoral action effectively engaging the private sector and broadening all sources of finance to advance cross sectoral cooperation and partnership getting governance and institutions right prioritizing agricultural intensification capturing true values and functions of forests targeting the most vulnerable populations restoring degraded landscapes and achieving significant public and private investment to gain long term benefits A cross sectoral approach between the Agriculture and Forest sectors will serve to break down institutional silos facilitating a partnership among public and private agencies across these two sectors focusing on better cooperation in these sectors in communities rural and urban development natural resources biodiversity energy and water and disaster management to achieve true sustainability A landscape approach can also be a cornerstone of successful implementation of REDD given the need to balance for example forest and agricultural objectives including protecting forests increasing afforestation reforestation and livelihoods from forests while addressing increasing pressure for food Early action ahead of international agreements is needed to improve the viability scope and accessibility of agriculture and forest options to achieve food security livelihoods climate change adaptation and reduced environmental impacts A crucial component of early action is enhancing knowledge sharing and capacity building There is a need to create designate or integrate national and regional knowledge networks or platforms into climate smart agricultural and sustainable forest management programmes New funds have been identified to increase food security to respond to the food price crisis to promote climate resilient development to reduce unsustainable deforestation and forest degradation to afforest and reforest as well as to protect natural forests and to support climate adaptation and mitigation more generally The challenge for countries is to coordinate different funding mechanisms without overlap so as to invest at the

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  • Rio+20 : SUSTAINABLE FISHERIES IN THE COMMONWEALTH
    women and child nutrition the contribution of integrating aquaculture development as a supplement to capture fisheries in securing sustainable growth for Commonwealth countries and the campaign to have IUU fishing declared a transnational organised crime Detailed programme The thematic focus of Sustainable Fisheries in the Commonwealth will be on identifying transferable best practice in Commonwealth countries building partnerships to strengthen the role of universities in policy communities through South South North cooperation thereby also enhancing the production and accessibility of relevant data on fisheries and their supporting ecosystems to improve the evidence base for policy the relationship between fisheries decline piracy and national security the role of the Blue Economy in the Green Economy how to strengthen regional fisheries governance mechanisms including non Commonwealth countries sharing ecosystems the campaign to have IUU fishing declared a transnational organised crime and the role of inshore fisheries in providing protein for coastal communities with particular attention paid to the role of women and child nutrition The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting CHOGM in 2009 at Port of Spain endorsed the need for urgent action to strengthen fisheries and marine management in member states waters and followed this in 2011 with the Perth Declaration on Food Security Principles emphasizing the key role fisheries play in providing nutrition and livelihoods in Commonwealth SIDS and small states From 2008 2010 the Commonwealth Fisheries Programme supported by UK DFID and AusAID www commonwealthfisheries org investigated fisheries management and the sustainability of livelihoods in fisherfolk communities in member states in Africa the Caribbean and the Pacific and identified key opportunities for Commonwealth concerted action in fisheries and marine governance This Side Event will explore a range of issues where the Commonwealth in partnership with private sector and civil society actors as well as with neighbouring non member states sharing fisheries resources can add value to global and regional as well as local management and governance of fisheries and the marine environment The next two CHOGMs will be held in Sri Lanka 2013 and Mauritius 2015 providing appropriate settings for review of progress made The Commonwealth north and south has the necessary expertise in marine science and policy Commonwealth nations are also more sinned against than sinning in terms of IUU fishing They are victims not perpetrators of international illegal fishing although much remains to be done to manage domestic unreported and unregulated fishing The Commonwealth s maritime legacy means that the Commonwealth as a whole is well placed to take a lead on sustainable fisheries marine governance and fisherfolk livelihoods A common voice of 54 countries could make the difference between business as usual and the prospect of long term sustainability of and prosperity from well managed and governed fisheries The Side Event will explore several themes emerging from the Commonwealth Fisheries Programme enhanced regional integration of fisheries governance the potential for regional cooperation between Commonwealth universities and research institutes and regional and national fisheries governance organizations improving capacity for data capture and data access to improve the

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  • Rio+20 : Africa Day: Accelerating Progress towards Sustainable Development in Africa
    will be held under the theme Accelerating Progress towards Sustainable Development in Africa It will consist of a four hour moderated High Level Roundtable focusing on strengthening and speeding up implementation and mobilising political leadership Panellists will include African Heads of State and Government Heads of African regional institutions and UN Agencies and representatives of major groups The roundtable will be followed by a press conference with the objective to disseminate to a wide audience the outcomes of the Roundtable focusing on key policy messages that could inform the discussions at the Rio 20 Conference and will conclude with a cocktail reception Detailed programme As part of the Africa regional preparations for Rio 20 an assessment of progress towards sustainable development in Africa since 1992 revealed that there was measurable progress in the implementation of sustainable development related commitments including the Millennium Development Goals This notwithstanding significant challenges remained Accelerating progress towards sustainable development calls for among other things an in depth reflection on Africa s sustainable development priorities and strengthening strategic alliances and partnerships Thematic Focus the Africa Day will be held under the theme Accelerating Progress towards Sustainable Development in Africa This theme is critical to ensure that past achievements as identified in various review reports are consolidated while challenges and opportunities are addressed adequately The objectives of the Africa Day are 1 To provide a high level platform to deliberate on Africa s progress towards sustainable development and identify strategies and measures necessary to accelerate progress and 2 To mobilize strategic partnerships around Africa s key priorities and concerns with a view to facilitating Africa s negotiations at the Conference and ensure that they are adequately reflected in the outcomes of Rio 20 Format of the Africa Day The Africa Day will consist of a four hour moderated High Level Roundtable involving African Heads of State and Government and other world leaders development partners practitioners and major groups The roundtable will be followed by a Press Conference and conclude with a reception In view of this the Africa Day is envisaged to take place at the RioCentro on 19 June 2012 from 14 30 to 19 30 The High Level Roundtable discussions will provide a platform for Africa and partners to reflect on Africa s sustainable development priorities focusing in particular on strengthening and accelerating implementation as well as mobilizing political leadership The roundtable will be comprise two segments a technical segment and a high level political segment It will be moderated by an experienced communication expert who will introduce the objectives and topics to be addressed as well as the panelists The roundtable will commence with a keynote address which will set the tone for the discussions The moderator will then invite panelists to speak to the different topics under the theme following which questions will be invited from the floor Topics to be addressed during the technical level will include NEPAD as a framework for sustainable development in Africa means of implementation and building partnerships

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  • Rio+20 : Pacific islands: Applying the green economy in a blue world
    in the pacific Introduction This side event discusses the Pacific Regional Oceans Policy and the Pacific Oceanscape Framework for implementing the ocean policy It highlights the challenges for small islands in managing the Planet s biggest resource the Pacific Ocean not only for themselves but for the whole global community and in particular raises the special case of small islands in terms of their vulnerabilities location size remoteness and capacities The special case for SIDS is well established since the initial UNCED However despite significant progress the factors that make SIDS a special case in achieving sustainable development remain We need to examine how we can retain and manage this special case through the evolving institutional framework for sustainable development to ensure that SIDS needs are accommodated and the modalities for implementation appropriate to their special context Detailed programme Thematic Focus Green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication Speakers The Hon President Anote Tong Kiribati Tuiloma Neroni Slade Regional Oceans Commissioner and Secretary General PIFS Other Pacific Heads of Delegation tbc David Sheppard Director General SPREP will moderate the session Contribution to Rio 20 Outcomes This side event featuring visionary and well respected Pacific leaders will focus on the reality of effectively managing the Pacific ocean and the resources that it has to offer The special case for SIDS in sustainable development considerations will be highlighted The countries and territories of the Pacific Island region span more than 30 million square kilometres of the ocean over which they have stewardship The Pacific Ocean is the region s greatest and in some cases only natural resource The effective management of these resources will benefit not just the Pacific Island Countries but the whole global community Pacific island nations have the challenge of protecting and conserving their ocean

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  • Rio+20 : Defying Disasters: A Tri-Continental South-South Dialogue
    the role of local authorities use of indigenous techniques creative cultural communications and strengthening of financial mechanisms to generate some resources at local level for immediate response to disasters Detailed programme Three vulnerable countries Philippines in lead Kenya and Colombia have joined forces through synergized public Governmental and civil society sectors to address the pressing issues of disaster mitigation and risk management as a unique example of South South cooperation and a vivid model of the MDG s goal 8 of partnerships for development The ultimate goal is to replicate solutions to problems to other countries in three continents of the developing world This Rio 20 tri continental dialogue combines interdisciplinary imaginative and inter related response to issues of food health water oceans forests jobs livelihood energy critical to poverty alleviation sustainable development and peace by combining forces that do not always work together emphasizing resilience of developing countries and also enhancing green economies While some countries have managed to make disasters less deadly the costs especially in material damages are growing exponentially Reducing risk to natural hazards is therefore a priority investment to reduce the social and economic impact of disasters and ensure that resources available can be utilized for sustainable development purposes and not have to be diverted regularly to respond and recover from disasters The anticipated outcomes of the dialogue are as follows To render participating countries and through them their neighbours in South East Asia and Pacific Africa and the Americas more resilient and self sufficient in dealing with disasters through climate change mitigation and adaptation To engage Finance Ministries to develop cost benefit analysis and probabilistic modelling to estimate the cost of disasters and of prevention and mitigation measures and that these are included in regular accounting and budgeting systems not as contingencies For this the probabilistic risk assessment methodology developed by the UN and the World Bank would be used in these countries To recommend special measures to deal with disasters in areas with high percentage of displaced people Colombia Philippines and refugees Kenya To place emphasis on indigenous techniques of response to disasters such as use of coconut fibres as a response to landslides in the Philippines To demonstrate where policies are being advanced that result in reducing mortality and economic impact from disasters to which governments committed in Kobe in 2005 when adopting the Hyogo Framework for Action To assess on the basis of work already done present risk reduction prevention preparedness mitigation and adaptation tools methods success stories and failures in Colombia Kenya and the Philippines To address health impact of disasters with special emphasis to cholera and dengue To devise a transfer scheme for good practices and existing global regional and national models including information and communications technology methodology and equipment for among other floods preparedness evacuation marine natural park management and port industry commerce development To propose concrete capacity development activities in this field especially at the level of local authorities using Makati Metro Manila Mombasa and Cartagena as

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  • Rio+20 : Challenges and Opportunities for a Mediterranean Green Growth
    efforts of strengthened cooperation common vision and shared strategies towards achieving sustainable development Under the light of a growing financial volatility the new realities following the Arab Spring and taking into consideration the emerging challenges Integration Implementation Coherence the event aspires to renew the political commitment on a realistic basis in an eco region located at the North South interface facing serious demographic economic environmental technological and socio cultural problems Detailed programme The Mediterranean eco region tries to consolidate efforts and demonstrate through action its common regional will to achieve sustainable development The event aims to bring together all the major Med institutions to consolidate progress since Rio and Johannesburg propose concrete options to speed up the governance schemes and know how required to effectively promote green growth in the Mediterranean Panelists and participants have been transposing to the Mediterranean context global concerns identified in The Future We Want and The Transition to a Green Economy with main agreed areas of focus Systematic promotion of resource efficiency Promotion of green and blue economy investments Expansion of ethical and green banking Reduction of energy losses through incentives Generalization of production and use of renewable energy Care for non renewable fossil water deposits and minerals Water and Energy management Sustainable tourism Systematic reduction of point source pollution Speakers Maria Luisa Silva Meijas Coordinator UNEP MAP confirmed In 1996 the Mediterranean Commission for Sustainable Development MCSD was formed within the Barcelona Convention Globally unique governments local authorities business and NGOs participate on equal footing in 2005 it drew up a Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development MSSD which was adopted by the Contracting Parties How can the MCSD and MSSD be more directly linked to green growth and be more effective UNEP MAP leads the MedPartnership a collective effort of regional international non governmental organizations and countries towards the protection of the marine and coastal environment How does it contribute to institutional reform through private sector involvement and related issues in the water agenda European Commission Commissioner Janez Potoènik DG Environment and or Commissioner Maria Damankis DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries tbc Some of the EU initiatives that are specific to the sustainable development of the Mediterranean and which would be presented The Horizon 2020 Initiative to de pollute the Mediterranean by the year 2020 supports pollution reduction investments as well as capacity building activities on environmental integration into other economic sectors including green economy sustainable financing and green banking What can be expected in the next phase of the H2020 Initiative s implementation plan The SWIM project which aims to contribute to the dissemination and effective implementation of sustainable water management policies and practices in the Southern Mediterranean Region addresses water governance climate change adaptation water economics and non conventional water resources What tools does the EC support towards IWRM responding to countries needs Actions toward sustainable European fisheries in the Mediterranean If proper measures are taken now and sustainable levels are reached 25 30 more income and 80000 more jobs can be

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