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  • Rio+20 : Green economy and inclusive growth for a sustainable future
    key issues enabling frameworks and mechanisms necessary to accelerate green growth globally Detailed programme The side event Green economy and inclusive growth for a sustainable future focuses on the first theme of the Rio 20 conference Green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication The objective of this event is to contribute to the existing knowledge on green growth particularly in light of the fact that the concept is evolving and there is still no clear cut definition of the concept of green economy as such We propose to first have a presentation from TERI based on their paper Roadmap for transitioning India towards a green economy Green economy can be described as one that results in durable economic activity improved human well being and social equity resource efficiency reduced environmental risks and ecological scarcities Therefore transition to a green economy entails a structural change in growth such that the process yields broad based benefits and improves the quality of life of the people India has experienced high rates of economic growth in the post reform era However a major weakness in India s growth story is that it has not been sufficiently inclusive for many groups India s economic progress as well as its large and growing population is increasingly imposing pressure on the limited ability of resources to generate consumptive outputs sustain life supporting functions and provide waste assimilative services The deficiencies in the existing growth paradigm have led to the indiscriminate exploitation of natural resources continued high levels of poverty and increasing inequality increasing emissions and degradation of the environment While the concerns regarding these issues are apparent it is essential to arrive at a clearer understanding of some of the most important issues facing the country and to lay out a roadmap for transitioning India towards a green economy Therefore the objective of TERI s paper is to delineate the key issues in the major sectors of the Indian economy assess the needs for appropriate technologies policies requisite capacities and skill sets R D and financial requirements in these sectors and provide a roadmap for India in terms of strategy for transitioning into a green economy Therefore TERI s presentation would be aimed at policy makers and would lay out a detailed menu of practical solutions for the economy along with a holistic assessment of the level of investments required policy and regulatory measures and the choice of appropriate technologies in the major sectors of the economy namely agriculture industry energy and infrastructure water waste and forestry The key points that are likely to be covered are as follows Analysis of situation issues in various sectors that require attention from a green economy perspective Recommend a roadmap for India in terms of a strategy for the short medium long term for transitioning to a green economy and directed at o Improving access to services energy to all sections of people o Enhanced food security and improved nutrition o Affordable housing for all o

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  • Rio+20 : Civil Society and Knowledge Community: Dialogues around IFSD
    organized through innovative methods So far partnerships registered with the Commission on Sustainable Development have been limited in terms of geographical scope showing a lack of visibility of local initiatives Yet undeniably many innovations start at the local level and there is renewed attention to scaling up local development innovations and mainstream key lessons learnt Detailed programme Thematic focus The civil society has been instrumental in effective implementation of programmes and also in ensuring transparency as watchdogs for the community Knowledge institutions can engage in in depth research activities and design innovations within a trans disciplinary and collaborative framework and play a key role in making and influencing policy locally and globally The role of civil society and knowledge institutions is crucial in the debates around IFSD and there is a need to assign them adequate space in the design and operationalizing of sustainable development frameworks and related activities Both civil society and knowledge institutions play a key role in identifying securing and translating local development innovations While there has also been moderate success in terms of getting visibility of major groups including farmer groups women groups workers and trade unions and youth groups major groups need to be increasingly mobilized on issues related to sustainable development through innovative methods at all levels and across all typologies The recent UNCSD Zero Draft of the outcome document also mentions the meaningful role at all levels that the major groups women children and youth indigenous peoples non governmental organisations local authorities workers and trade unions business and industry the scientific and technological community and farmers can play in sustainable development with the support of universal access to information and communications technologies ICT It is important to enable all members of civil society to be actively engaged in sustainable development by incorporating their specific knowledge and practical know how into national and local policy making The thematic focus of the event revolves around the following questions 1 What is the potential contribution of the ongoing dialogue on IFSD in strengthening the networks for ensuring equity through informal groups including civil society and knowledge institutions 2 What has been the contribution of Civil Society Organizations CSOs and knowledge networks collaborations on the structure of the institutional framework that has evolved 3 In context of climate finance what is the role of CSOs in over seeing the climate finance effectiveness in developing countries 4 How could the role of CSOs and knowledge community including South South learning be enhanced for democratic participation in decision making 5 How do citizens define their modes of engagement with the state and other interest groups and use different forms of collective action What for example are the lessons from the Occupy Movement and the Arab Spring Should we be more flexible in considering social mobilization which is revolutionary and game changing but does not always need to be permanent 6 What are the formal and informal channels of participation to promote more inclusive citizenship and facilitate the realization of

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  • Rio+20 : Urban an subnational territories: key elements of a sustainable future
    to the people can play a pivotal role in bringing all actors together and linking up all levels of governance local subnational national and international to build new models of governance and a more equitable and sustainable development for all International and national strategies for sustainable development should take into account local realities and trends with the active assistance of local governments Detailed programme Thematic focus Cities and Territories a key issue for globalization and development territorial approach and regional and local governance for sustainable development The cities at the forefront of the fight against poverty infrastructure urban services local economic development Contributing to the development of sustainable cities Speakers tbc Dr Joan Clos Executive Director of UN Habitat Khalifa Sall Mayor of Dakar Senegal Eduardo Paes Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Brazil William Cobbett manager Cities Alliance or World Bank Michel Vauzelle President of region PACA France David Satterthwaite Senior IIED member of the intergovernmental panel on climate change and scientific coordinator of GOLD III Jean Baptiste Mattei Director General for globalisation development and partnerships French Ministry of Foreign Affairs Suez Environnement representative UNDP representative Potential contribution to the outcome of UNCSD Rio 20 Cities and local and subnational authorities are at the core of sustainable development and will be essential stakeholders of a great number of sustainable development policies and in particular of sustainable development goals Sustainable and innovative Cities is a key theme of the Rio 20 process this side event will gather experts of divers background from academic UN private sector and local regional government to share their views and experiences of cities as pioneer of sustainable development policies Local and subnational governments should be full players in international decision making processes and an integral part of any future mechanism of the international governance of sustainability

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  • Rio+20 : Building Ecocities - Geodesign and Citizen Participation
    taken by urban development over the next few decades will play a crucial role in worldwide greenhouse gas emissions and natural resource depletion that in turn will affect the fundamental health and well being of all life on earth Cities and human settlements are places of opportunity focal points and engines of the economy and culture Today more than half of the world s population lives in cities and by 2050 this figure will rise to three quarters Cities consume over two thirds of the world s energy and account for more than 70 of global CO2 emissions the most prevalent of the greenhouse gases In addition cities are particularly vulnerable to climate change as 75 of urban settlements are located in coastal areas that are at risk from sea level rise Meanwhile the demographic divide the inequality in the population and health profiles of rich and poor countries is widening Two sharply different patterns of population growth primarily focused within and around cities and human settlements are evident slow growth or even decline in most wealthy countries and continued rapid population growth in the world s poorest countries Given these circumstances and trends urbanization has been identified by the United Nations Environment Programme UNEP as one of the top emerging environmental issues of the 21st Century Ideas about how to combine urbanization and sustainability are therefore of critical importance Given the environmental changes associated with Climate Change and the vulnerability of urban areas urban resilience is a key component of overall sustainability In order to guide all efforts toward safe sustainable and healthy human settlements a framework and tools for increasing and accelerating urban sustainability and resilience that are rigorous while at the same time flexible and responsive to the diversity of urban conditions and circumstances around the world are urgently needed We will present a universally applicable locally adaptable integrated participatory verifiable and transparent approach to sustainable development assessment and planning in the context of poverty eradication and boosting urban sustainability and resilience At Rio 20 prior to this side event Ecocity Builders and Mozilla will be coordinating an on the ground ecocity mapping and community evaluation project with UN Habitat UN Youth and a favela community Together we will conduct an interactive ecocity assessment of the community using Mozilla s new low cost smart phone technology combined with an Esri Ushahidi web application that will allow more widespread citizen engagement in the sustainable development decision making process We plan to bring the fresh results of this collaboration to our side event and use the data collected in the interactive portion of our presentation Specifically we will give event participants a chance to add to the map and analyze the results with the guidance of a group of experts Together we will construct an outline Ecocity Action Plan that addresses several main themes of Rio 20 as applied to this community greening their economy eradicating poverty and boosting sustainability applying a lens of reducing short lived climate forcers

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  • Rio+20 : Occupy nature
    Informal Consultations Regional Member States Major Groups Bureau United Nations IGOs Information Lead organizer ENDA Tiers Monde 19 30 21 00 Date 19 Jun 2012 Room T 11 Occupy nature Organizing partners ENDA CODESRIA IUCN UIUC Introduction Justice first All environmental interventions must promote justice Rights Recourse Representation Nature belongs to everyone Detailed programme As the Occupy Wall Street movement is heating up in the US the developing world s forests and farmlands are being given and sold out from under the feet of the poor to wealthy elites Farmlands are being purchased by industrial economies to ensure their long term food supply while forests are being privatized in the name of conservation and reduced carbon emissions This new and growing movement to commodify nature under the ideology that the market is the best mechanism for managing the world s natural heritage is expropriating the basis of life for many of Asia s Africa s and Latin America s rural poor The Long Spring the Arab Spring gone global must call for equity and justice in natural resource management The people who depend directly on forests pastures agricultural land and fisheries for their daily livelihoods remain underrepresented in decisions about

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  • Rio+20 : The Global Atlas for Solar and Wind Energy
    Pictures Videos SD Learning Partnership Forum SD Dialogue Days Other events at Rio 20 Calendar Logistics for Rio 20 Transportation Bus schedule Conference on sustainability Calendar Map Registration By Category Preparatory Committees Intersessionals Informal Consultations Regional Member States Major Groups Bureau United Nations IGOs Information Lead organizer International Renewable Energy Agency IRENA 19 30 21 00 Date 19 Jun 2012 Room T 10 Documents 15219June RioCentro T10 Global Atlas Side

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  • Rio+20 : Speak Truth to Power: Listening to the demands of future generations
    young people have been the drivers of change often standing up for what s right in direct opposition to the established norm From organised struggles for democracy and civil liberties to peaceful protests calling for new economic ideals youth voices have transformed the socio political landscape of the 21st century Now with the future of life on Earth at stake the Rio 20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development calls out for young people across the world to lead the charge and we have brought some of the most prominent voices together to speak truth to power and make their voice heard to those that can influence the outcome of Rio 20 and ensure that young people have the future they want and deserve Detailed programme The side event will build on the UNCSD s campaign around the Future We Want and will focus on the voices of young people aged 13 30 from around the world who entered a competition Date with History www datewithhistory com and want to talk about their future and what they believe world leaders must commit to in Rio to ensure that decisive action is taken to ensure that the world changes course and chooses a sustainable path This paradigm shift must include clean green jobs that pay a living wage and ensure that all the people of the world have access to zero and low carbon energy within a short timeframe as well as tackling the food crisis we currently face Young people want world leaders to think about their children grandchildren and great grandchildren and commit to a world where we save our oceans help the most vulnerable to adapt and mitigate natural disasters provide clean green cities and ensure that there is enough food to satisfies the needs of every man

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  • Rio+20 : Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security
    pesticides and fertilisers to enhance nutritional value etc As was already recognised in the Earth Summit in 1992 this immense challenge cannot be solved by conventional approaches alone but requires the involvement of new technologies such as modern biotechnology Detailed programme We need to keep on improving access to better and sufficient food while alleviating the environmental drawbacks of agriculture by reducing agricultural land water and chemical usage As was already recognised in the Earth Summit in 1992 this immense challenge cannot be solved by conventional approaches alone but requires the involvement of new technologies such as modern biotechnology Since 1992 there has therefore been an immense effort in biotechnology research in particular inthe public sector to develop crop plants with improved resistance to insects fungi viruses andbacteria crops that are tolerant to drought heat saline and herbicides crops that have enhancednutrition etc This research is conducted in many research institutes all over the world Since 1996 over one billion hectares of genetically modified crop varieties through modern biotechnology have been grown in over 30 countries across the world by over 15 million farmers most of which small holder farmers Factors motivating farmers adoption include the experience in lowering production costs and increasing productivity The aggregated results from the use of these crops comparing to the conventional varieties replaced show there have been significant yield gains equivalent to 60 million additional hectares of land pesticide reductions of 350 million kg of active ingredient significant reductions in fossil fuel use and also of mycotoxincontamination In addition to the socio economic and environmental benefits experienced from the use of GMcrops the experience with 25 years of research from many thousands of field trials combined withover 15 years of commercial planting of GM crops worldwide shows that there are no verifiablereports of adverse effects of GMOs on human health or the environment Although most encouraging results the genetically modified crop varieties that are available to farmers are limited to primarily soy beans maize cotton and rapeseed with improved insect resistance and or herbicidetolerance It is time to change We should make better use whatever technologies and tools toimprove access to sufficientand improved food quality and safety while alleviating the environmental drawbacks Taking into consideration the Agenda 21 the challenges and commitments reaffirmed in the Zero Draft the proposed side eventwill raise awareness of world changes and trends related tofood securityand environmental protection It will focus oncurrent developments related to applications and experiences of agrobiotechnology as well as efforts and future contributions from the public sector scientific and technological community from different parts of the world if adequate conditions are met The dialogue will provide awareness and insights to help solving issues to better feed the world with less impact on the environment and social and economical benefits The side event is a collaborative contribution of 7 different organisations relevant on fields of food and agriculture biosafety research and biotechnlogy from different parts of the world Presentations Food security and world changes and trends

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