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  • Rio+20 : Food Security and Safety for Development in a Changing Arab World
    designed policies and programmes that contribute to food security and safety and ultimately ensure social security Within this context the proposed Arab side event is expected to contribute to a The creation of a forum network of civil society and international and regional partners for ensuring awareness and ongoing information on food safety and food security b The elaboration of a regional development project targeting public institutions and civil society with the overall objective of promoting safe and secure food habits and dynamics The side event will feature a short video expressing the views of the youth on food security and food safety issues at national levels and in the Arab world Detailed programme I Expected outcomes and contribution to Rio 20 a The creation of a forum network of civil society and international and regional partners for ensuring awareness and ongoing information on food safety and food security b The proposal of a regional development project targeting public institutions and civil society with the overall objective of promoting a safe and secure food habits and dynamics II Media campaign The issue of food security and safety has been widely debated among different stakeholders and in policy circles CSOs regional and sub regional forums However in the Arab Region the public opinion is still amalgamating the concepts of food security and food self sufficiency There is a need to distinguish between these two concepts while highlighting also the impact of food security and safety on sustainable development and on the socio political environment prevailing in the region To this end a short video will be produced in order to allow various stakeholders and notably the youth to express their views on food security and food safety issues at national levels and in the Arab world It is envisioned that short interviews will be conducted among students in schools and universities in selected countries together with the organization of radio events and other media interventions which will be collected and integrated into a short video to be presented and discussed at the side event III Panelists and discussants The event will feature a welcoming remark from the League of Arab States LAS and keynote address by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia UN ESCWA to provide a general overview of the issue at stake These will be followed by a presentation of the short film and then by a high level discussion panel 3 4 discussants that will include questions and answers from the floor Panelists and discussants will include Minister of Environment United Arab Emirates Former Minister of Environment of Jordan Executive Secretary of ESCWA Director General of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development Director of the Department of Environment Housing and Sustainable Development League of Arab States IV Background Food security exists when all people at all times have physical and economic access to sufficient safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life Food

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  • Rio+20 : Human Rights at the heart of Sustainable Development - Honouring Principle 1
    will be on human rights and sustainable development and why a human rights based approach is critical to the success of achieving the twin goals of i moving towards a green economy and ii building the institutional framework for sustainable development Since the 1992 Earth Summit the world has seen tremendous changes Within a generation nearly one and half billion people have been added to the planet around a billion in cities Globalization has intensified but its benefits have not been shared equally Inequalities have widened and despite some progress in achieving the MDGs there are massive disparities between and within countries The last decade has seen the hottest temperatures since humans began recording temperatures around 150 years ago Climate change threatens to destroy our path towards sustainable development a global financial crisis has shaken the planet s economic foundations and a global food crisis has brought suffering and unrest Perhaps most worryingly the global political will to address the structural and root causes of these multiple crises seems ever elusive In the pursuit of an institutional framework for sustainable development human rights development and the environment are intricately linked A healthy environment is a key factor in promoting human health and life basic human rights and creating sustainable development To encourage and promote sustainable development integrated strategies and policies regarding human rights and the environment need to be developed to create an effective strategy A human rights based approach to sustainable development is central to efforts to move towards a green economy that will deliver benefits to the international community in addressing food energy and water security and the MDGS Detailed programme 15 30 Welcome and introduction by Moderator Craig Mokhiber Chief of the Development and Economic and Social Issues Branch OHCHR 15 45 Opening remarks by Special Guest

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  • Rio+20 : Sustainable city, a concrete utopia
    the way our cities will be adapting to climate change Urban organisation will have to be re thought totally In this respect the role of different stakeholders is likely to be changing The conference will feature elected people technical experts enterprises and other organisations The debate will be followed by the signature of a cooperation agreement between the City of Montpellier and Rio City Council The Club France Rio 20 proposes to examine how city stakeholders local authorities enterprises associations are tackling these new challenges How to plan a sustainable city while its concept itself is still to be defined What are the priorities How to design projects that conciliate foresight transversality and global vision Which tools can be used by developers How are the responsibilities shared in the process of change Detailed programme Urbanisation is not a recent phenomenon But some of its features are new and its scope is unprecedented Over half of the world s population now lives in cities and urbanisation will probably affect more than 70 of the world population by 2050 The environmental and social consequences of urbanisation are well known urban sprawl car dependency greenhouse gas emissions rising social exclusion spatial segregation All the experts agree the reduction of these negative impacts requires rethinking the urban territory entirely without focusing on one activity alone This requirement should not be seen as a constraint but rather an added value to the territory It requires of course the setting of quantitative as well as qualitative targets to the urban policies that have already been agreed upon at the European level with the Aalborg commitments These steps should be included in a long term rationale and their effectiveness regularly evaluated The Rio 20 France Club proposes to examine how city stakeholders local authorities enterprises associations are

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  • Rio+20 : Putting Green Economy into practice
    as an outcome of the Rio 20 Conference The side event will illustrate how Green Economy can benefit both developed and devel oping countries and share some practical experiences of policies and instruments for assisting the transformation towards a green economy The first example shares some success stories in promoting the development and implementation of Sustainable Public Procurement SPP through the Marrakech Task Force on SPP and gives an outlook on how the work will be continued under the lead of UNEP The second example provides lessons from the longstanding collaboration of Switzerland with UNIDO and UNEP in establishing a network of Cleaner Production Centers in developing countries which has facilitated the transfer of know how and technology for improving production processes and resource efficiency The last example will address the issue of sustainable agriculture and the necessity of land tenure rights Detailed programme The thematic focus of the side event is on Green Economy by elaborating the idea of an international Roadmap and by providing examples of instruments for its implementation The Side Event will show case how Green Economy can be tool for advancing Sustainable Development In addition it will illustrate that Green Economy can benefit both developed and developing countries The examples from different areas will provide an insight into how the transformation towards a Green Economy can be assisted by appropriate international cooperation activities 10 Welcoming remarks and Introduction by Federal Councilor Doris Leuthard or State Secretary Bruno Oberle 15 Sustainable Public Procurement as a tool for putting Green Economy into practice Franz Perrez Ambassador for the Environment Switzerland 15 The role and contribution of Cleaner Production Centers for the transformation towards a green economy Hans Peter Egler State Secretariat for Economic Affairs 15 Agriculture as a key sector for achieving a Green Economy François Pythoud

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  • Rio+20 : Women Leading the Way: Mobilizing for an Equitable, Resilient and Thriving Future
    is in partnership with its strategic ally and principal partner eraGlobal Alliance Agenda Welcome Address Osprey Orielle Lake and Sally Ranney Words of Wisdom from the Indigenous Grandmothers Maria Alice Campos Freire Amazon Brazil and Mona Polacca Hopi Havasupai Tewa USA Women s Leadership Panel with Vandana Shiva and Marina Silva Conversation with Ted Turner Song by Ta Kaiya Blaney Reception comments from the Honorable Senator Cristovam Buarque Panelists Vandana Shiva a physicist environmental activist eco feminist Shiva currently based in Delhi has authored more than 20 books and over 500 papers in leading scientific and technical journals She is the founder of Navdanya a women centered movement for the protection of biological and cultural diversity Navdanya started the Earth democracy movement in India which provides an alternative worldview in which humans are embedded in the Earth Family where we are connected to each other through love and compassion not hatred and violence where ecological responsibility and economic justice replace greed consumerism and competition as objectives of human life She was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1993 Marina Silva Institute for Democracy and Sustainability IDS Founder and Director In 1994 at the age of 36 she became the youngest Senator in Brazil s history and the most voted for candidate of Acre Her commitment to the environment grew and she was appointed Environment Minister during President Lula s administration In 2007 the UN Environment Program honored her with the award Champions of the Earth for her tireless fight to protect the Amazon and in 2008 the newspaper The Guardian listed her as one of the 50 people who can save the planet Currently Marina is president of the board of directors at Instituto Marina Silva Rose Marie Muraro Rose Marie is one of the pioneers of Brazil s feminist movement She is the author of over 35 books and is proposing for an economy based on cooperation and solidarity including bartering systems and the incorporation of a gender perspective in development Representative from La Via Campesina an international movement which coordinates peasant organizations of small and middle scale producers agricultural workers rural women and indigenous communities from Asia Africa America and Europe Sheyla Juruna Sheyla is a leader in the Xingu Alive Forever Movement MXVPS Her strategy for empowering indigenous peoples of the Amazon is based on a three point platform for advancing health culturally appropriate education and widespread recognition of indigenous land rights Conversation with Ted Turner I think men should be barred from holding public office for a hundred years The men have been running the world for the last thousand years and they ve mucked it up something awful If women were in control it would be a much more peaceful prosperous equitable world in a very short period of time Cable news pioneer Turner has dedicated his life to trying to save the world His causes range from women s rights to protecting endangered species and achieving nuclear disarmament Turner has donated more than 1

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  • Rio+20 : SPACE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
    Preparatory Committees Intersessionals Informal Consultations Regional Member States Major Groups Bureau United Nations IGOs Information Lead organizer United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs UNOOSA 17 15 18 45 Date 19 Jun 2012 Room P3 3 SPACE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Organizing partners The side event is being organized by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs UNOOSA together with the Governments of Austria and Brazil Introduction Under the title SPACE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT this side event will focus on the Contribution of Space based Information and Technologies to Support the Implementation of Rio 20 Outcomes and Actions The proposed side event will focus on space and its contributions that would lead to a convergence on the use of space based technologies for sustainable development and assist in identifying the next actions that would embrace Rio 20 outcomes Detailed programme The proposed 90 minute side event will consist of contributions from invited panellists as listed below followed by a discussion Rio 20 issues that will be covered are Food Water Oceans and Disasters The issue of health and the importance of space derived geospatial data will also be addressed Invited panellists will present the contribution and importance of space based technologies to the various thematic issues and how they contribute to the goals of sustainable development The side event will have the Opening Statement given by H E Mr Marco Raupp Minister for Science Technology and Innovation of Brazil Proposed Programme Chair Mr Y Horikawa Japan Chairman of COPUOS 2012 2013 Moderator Mr Ade Abioudun Nigeria Programme Opening statement H E Mr Marco Raupp Minister for Science Technology and Innovation of Brazil Panellist no 1 GEO CEOS Geospatial Data Panellist no 2 Mr Carlos Nobre Disasters Panellist no 3 Mr Walther Lichem Water Oceans Panellist no 4 Argentina Health Panellist

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  • Rio+20 : Sustainable aviation for generations to come
    discussion where various stakeholders will be asked to outline the main challenges for the sector and potential solutions ahead with a particular focus on the green economy in the context of sustainable development Detailed programme Civil aviation plays a key role in society as it affects social cultural economic commercial political and environmental aspects of life and therefore it has a primary role to play when we look at opportunities and solutions for sustainable development across its social economic and environmental pillars With regards to the social and cultural pillar of sustainable development globally aviation offers the safest most efficient means of public transportation Since 1970 the real cost of air travel has been reduced by over 60 through deregulation of the aviation market in the 1980 s and the introduction of low cost carriers This translates into freedom to travel and the exchange of cultural and educational experiences With regards to the economic pillar of sustainable development aviation provides access to regional and global markets and it is a key driver of business travel and tourism The air transport industry directly employs around 8 million people and supports 56 6 million jobs worldwide Over 2 6 billion passengers travel by air each year and more than 35 percent of goods by value are carried on passenger and cargo aircraft Air transport supports about 3 5 of the world gross domestic product Aviation s economic impact raises the standards of living and thus makes communities more sustainable Demand for air traffic is projected to grow substantially in the foreseeable future and the consequences of this rate of growth are increasingly called into question While fulfilling its role as a catalyst for social and economic development the future of air transport needs to be environmentally sustainable environmental sustainability is one of

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  • Rio+20 : Let's Go Land Degradation Neutral - The Role of SLM in a Green Economy
    strategies that would safeguard the land from deforestation and degradation Such undertakings will only be possible through the concerted effort of various stakeholders at all levels Hence this side event dealing with the role of sustainable land and forest management is proposed with the aim of fulfilling zero net land degradation in the context of a green economy Setting of measurable sustainable development targets and actions toward the achievement of a land degradation neutral world will be the major contribution of this side event in the UNCSD Rio 20 Detailed programme The proposed side event on Let s Go Land Degradation Neutral The Role of Sustainable Land and Forest Management in a Green Economy will be organized by the Korea Forest Service lead organizer in cooperation with the UNCCD Secretariat Sustainable Land Management Business Forum and Seoul National University The main objectives of the proposed side event are to identify some measurable sustainable development targets leading to a green economy to share the successful experience of the Republic of Korea in restoring its degraded areas that eventually led to the vision of achieving green growth and to recognize the important role of private sectors in attaining sustainable land and forest management The proposed side event will be chaired by Dr Seong il Kim Professor at Seoul National University A short welcome address will be delivered by Dr Don Koo Lee Minister of the Korea Forest Service and President of UNCCD COP 10 Distinguished resource speakers from recognized groups will share their valuable ideas on particular topic relevant to the theme Three main presentations will have a time allocation of 15 minutes each The first presentation will be on Forest Restoration a Basis of Green Growth Korean Case or From Forest Restoration to Green Growth to be presented by Dr Sang Hyup Kim Senior Secretary to the President for Green Growth Republic of Korea the second one will be Toward Land Degradation Neutral World through Green Economy by Dr Luc Gnacadja Executive Secretary of the UNCCD and the last one will be The Role of Private Sectors to Encourage Sustainable Management of Forest and Land by Dr Kook Hyun Moon President of the New Paradigm Institute and Sustainable Land Management Business Forum After all the presentations a 30 minute discussion and wrap up session will follow to generate important plans and actions in the future Sustainable land management SLM and sustainable forest management SFM deal in one way or another with the solutions to the problems on poverty food security climate change biodiversity loss and water resources among others The foundation on which they are developed mainly addresses the three pillars of sustainable development aimed at integrating social economic and environmental concerns Hence the right combination of technologies policies and activities must be achieved to enhance production protection and prevention of land and forest degradation SLM and SFM are crucial to minimizing land degradation rehabilitating degraded areas and ensuring the optimal use of land resources for the benefit of present and

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