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  • Rio+20 : Social science support to policies promoting the social dimension of sustainable development in a changing climate
    down played or even ignored At the same time the need for social science to contribute to sustainable development is recognized in chapter 35 of Agenda 21 and in the negotiations for the outcome document for Rio 20 There is a clear need for a better and more informed dialogue between social scientists and the decision makers Detailed programme The organisers of the side event aim to highlight the role and responsibility of the social sciences to provide decision makers with the necessary knowledge basis to formulate policies in response to the challenges faced as a consequence of environmental and climate change The speakers at the event will include prominent representatives of the research community and high level decision makers Participants Welcome H E Irina Bokova Director General UNESCO Panelists H E Alicia Kirchner Minister of Social Development Argentina President of the Intergovernmental Council of the Management of Social Transformation MOST Programme tbc H E Bård Vegard Solhjell Minister of Environment Norway H E Abdullah bin Mubarak Moudadi Minister of Environment Qatar tbc H E Edna Molewa Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs South Africa tbc H E Paulo Januzzi Secretary for Information Management and Assessment Ministry of Social Development Brazil Heide Hackmann Executive Director the International Social Science Council Sarah Cook Director UNRISD Discussion Chair Jan Monteverde Haakonsen Special Adviser the Research Council of Norway member of the National Commission for UNESCO Vice President MOST IGC Europe and North America In the current draft outcome document for Rio 20 the need to give importance to the social pillar of sustainable development is emphasized and so is the need for informed policy making to address the challenges involved Several paragraphs stress the need for social science to support sustainable development policies for instance draft para 53 We call for the scientific basis for decision making to be strengthened across the UN system and recognize that the interface between science and policy making should be enhanced Similar statements can be found in other statements adopted by the international community in recent years Agenda 21 in particular stresses the need to give importance to the social pillar of sustainable development and for social science to contribute to the informed policy debate Recalling the Brundtland Commission s definition of sustainable development as Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs the contribution of social science is perhaps more crucial than ever before as new threats to sustainable development are being posed by the current economic social and environmental crisis Informed policy making is dependent on quality data and research results provided by social scientists The challenge for social scientists is to translate this knowledge into policy advice and for decision makers to absorb the knowledge as part of their policy formulation The science policy link is at the core of UNESCO s Management of Social Transformations MOST Programme whose two thematic foci are the following Social Inclusion and Social Transformations arising

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  • Rio+20 : Resilient Cities - Fostering Local Action for Sustainable Development
    people live in slums or marginal and informal settlements without access to basic services and they are often in high risk areas If not addressed properly and in time disasters will continue to pose significant threats to people s lives and assets and development actions It is critical for all stakeholders concerned to bring about a sea change in how we address urban disaster risks Detailed programme Thematic Focus Recognizing these disaster risk challenges and that local government capacities and commitments are key to transformative local action UNISDR and its partners launched a campaign in 2010 Making Cities Resilient to enhance awareness about the benefits of investing in and building on sustainable urbanization to reduce disaster risks The campaign is engaging mayors and local governments and building their commitment around a checklist of Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient for local government to work on with local stakeholders The effort aims at localizing the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005 2015 Building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters adopted by UN member states with practical applications and innovative partnerships between national and local governments legislative and budgetary resolve and collaboration with private sector and communities of practice Early 2012 there are close to 1000 local governments from 80 different countries participating in the campaign The campaign also brings about tangible results in improving the collaboration between local governments civil society organizations and various other stakeholders in their efforts to make cities safe and resilient As we approach the 2012 Rio 20 Summit member states and other stakeholders are calling for an ambitious concise and action focused outcome Pragmatic and clear implementation strategies are needed to address the implementation gaps and emerging challenges such as disaster risk reduction for sustainable development The Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient can be

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  • Rio+20 : Accelerating clean and sustainable energy access for all in Africa
    Informal Consultations Regional Member States Major Groups Bureau United Nations IGOs Information Lead organizer South Africa 09 00 10 30 Date 20 Jun 2012 Room P3 F Accelerating clean and sustainable energy access for all in Africa Organizing partners Department of Energy DoE United Nations Industrial Development Organization UNIDO Eskom and United Nations Development Programme UNDP Introduction Energy is essential for socio economic human and technological development Access to energy remains a fundamental and key ingredient to achieve sustainable development Access to clean modern energy services is equally an enormous challenge facing the African continent Africa accounts for about 3 of world energy consumption the lowest per capita modern energy consumption in the world However solving the challenges facing the provision of universal energy access in Africa will require improve energy efficiency practices harness untapped renewable energy potential and accelerate the introduction of Independent Power Producers The South African Government is committed to reducing carbon emissions and provide clean energy sources Detailed programme In support of the UN Secretary General s Sustainable Energy Access for All initiative South Africa together with United Nations Industrial Development Organization UNIDO and the Global Environment Facility GEF showcased how the country is intending to address issues of climate change at COP 17 whilst ensuring that it provides sustainable development and reducing poverty in rural communities To this effect South Africa demonstrated the role of renewable energy in improving health services delivery and simultaneously reduce the ecological footprint of COP17 by installing nineteen clinics in the iLembe district municipality in KwaZulu Natal province on the 8 December by President Jacob Zuma In addition solar water heaters and energy efficient lights were installed at two primary schools A number of households in the municipality also received Philips energy efficient and clean cooking stoves together with solar

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  • Rio+20 : Strengthening Students of Sustainability: Interdisciplinary Approaches
    using to prepare their students to be leaders addressing the international environmental policy challenges of the 21st century This side event is particularly relevant to the international environmental governance sub topic within the Rio 20 theme of the institutional framework for sustainable development If we are to strengthen the science policy interface there needs to be a focused effort on giving the next generation of scholars policy makers activists and corporate leaders an interdisciplinary training for tackling environmental problems How to generate such cross pollination across disciplines in both developed and emerging economies is what this side event aims to explore The Princeton Energy and Climate Scholars PECS is a group of graduate students selected via a competitive process representing a myriad of disciplines and research interests e g environmental mechanical and electrical engineering atmospheric and ecological sciences economics and policy They meet frequently to discuss each student s and faculty member s research often introducing participants to a field they previously new little or nothing about The ensuing environment is meant to encourage members to transcend the boundaries of their fields by fostering a sense of common intellectual adventure providing a unique opportunity to thoughtfully approach the multifaceted energy and climate challenges of the 21st century see http www princeton edu grandchallenges energy pecs PECS is distinct from other student environmental organizations and environmentally minded research centers on campus as it promotes a broad approach to environmental problems through discussion and debate of members own research This prepares members to be at ease with a variety of subjects and concepts across a number of environmental issues Furthermore this approach allows researchers to see and develop connections between their work and traditionally distant fields of study The side event plans to introduce the PECS model and how it could be

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  • Rio+20 : Measure What Matters: a coherent global framework - aligning performance indicators for global sustainable development, national beyond GDP metrics and improved corporate reporting
    for Sustainable Development IISD Institute for Environment and Development International Union for Conservation of Nature International Trade Union Confederation ITUC CSI IGB International Labour Organisation The Natural Step Philips STEPS Centre The SEED initiative UN Environment Programme s Green Economy Initiative Vitae Civilis and WWF Stakeholder Forum http stakeholderforum org Stakeholder forum is an international multi stakeholder organization which exists at the interface of civil society and the UN It facilitates the engagement of stakeholders from multiple perspectives in international governance processes educates organizations on how to engage effectively in these processes and promotes the idea of building stakeholder democracy Stakeholder Forum acts as the National Committee for UNEP in the UK Introduction If we are to create a resilient economy that provides a better life for all within the ecological limits of the planet a new frame of reference for decision making is required involving new ways to measure progress The event will focus on the three major proposals in the negotiating text The momentum for a set of goals at the global level that focus on sustainable development Proposals for a set of national performance metrics that go beyond GDP The call for more integrated and robust corporate reporting that helps to redefine business value Our proposition is that in order for these metrics to be transformational then these need to be aligned against the same broad objectives such that they work together to drive change The purpose of the event will be to discuss how the processes to develop these metrics can be linked such that these systems are mutually reinforcing The outcome will be to build upon a working group of key organizations and governments to take this forward Detailed programme If we are to move to the sustainable economy we so urgently need a new frame of reference for decision making is required involving new ways to measure progress at the global national and corporate level A measurement framework which incorporates economic growth social equity and wellbeing and environmental sustainability is needed one that at the same time provides a common set of goals for action by business and governments at the local national and international levels There are already many governments organizations and businesses working on improved performance measurement systems and this has emerged as a key theme in the lead up to the conference However much of this work is currently being undertaken in isolation If such metrics are to be transformative then the goals at a global national and corporate level must be aligned against the same broad objectives such that they work together to drive change There is a need for greater collaboration between those working on each area so that the resulting measurement systems work together to deliver a sustainable economy By aligning the information used by governments businesses investors and other stakeholders around the same broad objectives decisions made at each level of our economy should reinforce rather than contradict those at other levels This will also provide business

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  • Rio+20 : Public Investment: challenges and opportunities of sustainable development
    progress Structural economic and social disparities which lead to maldistribution of income and to poverty A pattern of international insertion with excessive specialization in natural resources and insufficient export diversity A Social Welfare State still under construction Detailed programme Rio 20 is a conference to discuss new models of development to be chosen by each country according to their economic social and environmental realities In recent years Brazil has relearned to think the future but our pattern of development is still in development itself In particular we have been consolidating how to seize opportunities and defining how to face challenges Regarding the pattern of development that lasted until the 1980s there have certainly been important changes The first is undoubtedly the role of income distribution as an essential element distribute to grow Social inclusion is no longer for a later time it is now one of the basis of our development pattern The second point is environmental sustainability Preoccupation with this theme is a reality in Brazil but it is still necessary to remove the antagonism between development and environment that persists in some views These two changes among others place Brazil as an example of a sustainable development strategy that is already recognized internationally However some characteristics pointed out by Prebisch Furtado and their followers still remain Little devotion of entrepreneurs to investment and technical progress Structural productive and social heterogeneity and consequently persistence of poverty and maldistribution of income A pattern of international insertion with excessive specialization in natural resources and insufficient export diversity A Social Welfare State still under construction though more developed in Brazil than in other Latin American countries 4 Please include thematic focus speakers and potential contribution to the outcome of UNCSD Rio 20 Max 800 words Roundtable Infrastructure as a Pillar of a New Pattern of a Development focusing the role of infrastructure as a mean to increase social well being as well as economic development Speakers Miriam Belchior Minister for Planning Budget and Administration of Brazil Ana María Pastor Julián Minister for Public Works of Spain Ngozi Okonjo Iweala Finance Minister of Nigeria Fu Ying Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Chine Alicia Bárcena Executive Secretary Of Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean ECLAC Potential Contribution Infrastructure as a basis for the new pattern of development Program of Growth Acceleration PAC as an essential component In Brazil the ability to think the future has been growing stronger with investments in infrastructure These investments mobilize resources and create jobs and externalities for the private sector and the economy in general being the basis for competitiveness gains However the power of this engine depends on the development that is trigged around it such as the impacts on the production social e g urbanization nurseries schools hospitals and environmental e g sustainable cities housing energy spheres Increasingly cutting edge technologies are critical for infrastructure solutions that are environmentally sustainable and that save natural resources In Brazil investment in infrastructure joins other engines of

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  • Rio+20 : Eusuring Effective Sustainable Development in the South: Will Rio+20 be Up to the Task?
    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 South Centre 11 00 12 30 Date 20 Jun 2012 Room T 6 Documents Ensuring Effective Sustainable Development in the South Rio20 SC side event Jun 2012 docx Programme Eusuring Effective Sustainable Development in the South Will Rio 20 be Up to the Task Organizing partners Third World Network Introduction The idea for this side event is to be able to highlight developing country perspectives on sustainable development and in this context various issues that are being tackled in the Rio20 conference such as the institutional framework for sustainable development sustainable development goals and green economy Detailed programme The thematic focus for the side event will be on Ensuring effective sustainable development in the South from the full implementation of the Rio framework from 1992 to the future The potential contribution to the outcome of UNCSD Rio 20 is to deepen the understanding of developing country perspectives on the UNCSD process and potential outcomes in order

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  • Rio+20 : GreenEvo-best practices in endogenous development and transfer of gree
    eradication Detailed programme An important element of the national sustainable development strategy is the endogenous development of environmentally sound technologies achieved by means of establishing relevant industries knowledge bases and implementation frameworks The presentation will focus on best practices from Poland based on the experiences of GreenEvo project In the late 1980s Poland started the transformation from a centrally planned economy which used to disregard many of the sustainable development principles Within the subsequent 30 years the country had cleaned and greened its economy by dramatically reducing industrial pollution as well as improving its production and consumption patterns Now it is willing to share experiences and help other countries acquire knowledge and competencies which are necessary to achieve a similar transformation Participants of the side event will learn how Poland dealt with its transformation towards knowledge based and green economy The efforts required implementation of environmentally sound technologies and substantial investments A reason for concerns was the related influx of foreign technology imports needed to accomplish the environmental commitments as well as the perceived inequality in international trade balances and barriers to effective technology development and transfer in Poland The GreenEvo project Green Technology Accelerator was initiated by the Ministry of the Environment Poland in order to stimulate local economy and support environment protection It rested on the free market principles compliant with the WTO regime and the principles of sustainability The government did not intervene in the market but acted as a facilitator using soft instruments to stimulate the development sharing and use of technology and business knowledge GreenEvo is a brand name for the best local environmental technologies and the project involves their comprehensive verification and selection The government identifies the best green technologies and their suppliers thus promoting endogenous technological development and motivating small and medium enterprises

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