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  • Rio+20 : The importance of micro and small business for sustainable development
    Groups Bureau United Nations IGOs Information Lead organizer SEBRAE 11 00 12 30 Date 20 Jun 2012 Room P3 5 The importance of micro and small business for sustainable development Organizing partners Serviço Brasileiro de Apoio às Micro e Pequenas Empresas SEBRAE Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service Introduction SEBRAE proposes to demonstrate that micro and small business are a important actor in the context of the promotion of

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  • Rio+20 : From Rio to Rio: A 20-year Journey to Green the World's Economies
    showcase environmental successes that trace their roots to the 1992 Earth Summit The event will feature addresses from high level representatives of initiatives highlighted in the publication and offer practical solutions to sustainable development inspire attendees negotiating current conference outcomes and offer new commitments by GEF and its partners for the next round of funding in 2014 Detailed programme We have come full circle in our journey from Rio to Rio in the span of 20 years The community of nations went to Rio in 1992 with the conviction that the environment was inextricably linked to development Urgent action was needed at the planetary scale to address the widespread loss of biodiversity the rising threats posed by human induced climate change and increased insecurity faced by hundreds of millions of people due to land degradation and desertification The 1992 Earth Summit became the cradle of the Rio environmental conventions dealing with biodiversity climate change and desertification for which the GEF would be the funding mechanism The GEF started as an environmental fund in support of these three globally agreed environmental priorities but did not remain confined to these silos at least no more than the economic and social development pillars remained isolated from their environmental connections In the 20 years since the UNCED the GEF has become the largest funder of projects to improve the global environment With over 10 billion invested supplemented by more than 47 billion in cofinancing for more than 2 800 projects and over 10 000 small grants in 168 developing countries and countries with economies in transition the GEF and its 10 implementing agencies have accumulated a substantial wealth of knowledge over the last two decades To commemorate the 20 year anniversary as well as showcase many of the lessons learned a publication was commissioned by the GEF to tell the story of the first 20 years of the GEF titled From Rio to Rio A 20 year Journey to Green the World s Economies which draws on an illustrative sample of 20 initiatives that show the strength and breadth of the portfolio The lessons from the investments made by the GEF described in the publication reveal how intertwined the environmental economic and social agendas are when put to work in the real world Experience has shown that while some progress can be made with thematically based international accords the multifaceted nature of the threats to our planet s life support systems requires more concerted and integrated efforts Twenty years later we have come to realize that biodiversity climate change and sustainable land management are integral parts of the same vital tissue that supports the emergence of green economies as the basis for lasting sustainable development Because of its close relationship with the Rio environmental conventions and the Rio negotiations itself no other organization is better positioned to share the real world experience of applying the decisions made at the UNCED with policy makers at this year s UNCSD The proposed Rio Centro side event

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  • Rio+20 : The Yasuní-ITT Initiative: shifting paradigms for a sustainable future
    Amazon Jungle is probably the most biodiverse place on the planet Home to many unique and endemic species the national park almost 1 million hectares in size was declared by UNESCO a World Biosphere Reserve in 1989 This biodiversity hotspot has been reported to contain 593 species of birds 2 274 species of trees 80 species of bats 150 species of amphibians 121 species of reptiles and 4 000 species of vascular plants There are also more than 100 000 species of insects per hectare Far from the interference and destruction of civilization it is a living laboratory where life flourishes in a complex equilibrium with nature a magic place where new species have evolved and are still evolving The Yasuní National Park is also home to Waorani and Kichwa communities as well as the Taromenane and Tagaeri two other indigenous groups in voluntary isolation looking to preserve their ancient culture and traditions Recently large deposits of heavy crude oil have been identified in the ITT Ishpingo Tambococha Tiputini fields located in the Yasuní National Park These reserves represent around 846 million barrels of heavy crude oil Not surprisingly the petroleum industry s eyes are focused on that fragile piece of land in the hope to start extracting what represents as much as 20 percent of the national oil reserves Most experts and scientists agree that if Ecuador decides to extract the oil from the Yasuní National Park the opening of roads the deforestation and the contamination associated with oil exploitation will lead to the extinction of many of its unique species During the United Nations General Assembly In September 2007 President Rafael Correa announced that Ecuador had decided to forego the exploitation of oil in the Yasuní ITT area a substantial sacrifice for a small developing country whose economy still depends on petroleum choosing to put social and environmental values first while exploring other ways to benefit the country economically The Yasuní ITT Initiative was born from this proposal It aims at preserving the Yasuní National Park s biodiversity by foregoing the exploitation of petroleum in the most pristine part of the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle known as the lungs of the planet By leaving this petroleum underground the government of Ecuador is contributing to combating global warming by avoiding the emission of approximately 407 million tons of CO2 In exchange the Ecuadorian government seeks the financial contribution of the international community as a gesture of co responsibility in the fight for climate change It is estimated that the exploitation of petroleum would generate USD 7 25 billion over the next 12 years the time it would take for the reserve to be completely exploited The Ecuadorian government is seeking half of that amount in order to preserve this delicate part of the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle with the perspective of shifting from an extractivist economy to an economy based on the development of renewable energies The contributions coming from governments private sector and civil society to support the Yasuní ITT

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  • Rio+20 : Sustainable Maritime Development - The Contribution of Maritime Transport to Green Growth and Inclusive Development
    maritime transport infrastructure in a safe efficient and environmentally sound manner Detailed programme The IMO side event will explain how international shipping contributes significantly to the three pillars of sustainable development and the eradication of poverty and distribution of growth and present IMO s vision of a framework for Sustainable Maritime Development International shipping transports about 90 percent of global trade Vital cargoes such as foodstuffs fuel commodities raw materials and finished goods are all transported by sea to peoples and communities all over the world Global food security is dependent on a safe and secure delivery method and that means international shipping Shipping also delivers energy for all helping populations to develop and build the sustainable cities of today and the future we ALL depend on shipping for our lives and livelihoods Shipping and maritime activities make a vital contribution to the MDGs Shipping is the most efficient and cost effective method of international transportation for most goods it provides a dependable low cost means of transporting goods globally facilitating commerce and helping to create prosperity among nations and peoples Access to overseas markets is a key element for developing and emerging economies to create economic growth As the delivery mechanism for global trade shipping supports and sustains a huge number and range of wealth creating and poverty alleviating activities in both developed and developing countries Trade can facilitate the structural transformation of developing economies toward higher value added products leading to eradication of poverty greener economies and a positive beneficial impact on incomes and people Shipping itself is a considerable generator of wealth much of it for developing countries More than 1 5 million people are employed as seafarers Ancillary activities such as shipbuilding ship repair and ship recycling provide employment for many more again with a strong emphasis in the developing world Fisheries too provide an essential source of food and of commercial employment for millions especially in the developing world The safety of fishermen and fishing vessels forms an integral part of IMO s mandate through which the Organization is making significant development to enhance safety at sea With more than half the world s population living near the coast the importance of integrated coastal zone management including port development and the protection of coastal and marine resources is of particular importance to sustainable development Shipping is the most environmentally sound and energy efficient means of moving huge quantities of cargoes and people Shipping is an essential component of any programme for future sustainable economic growth A job in shipping is a green job The pivotal position of IMO as the UN agency responsible for shipping The world relies on a safe secure and efficient international shipping industry This is provided by the regulatory framework developed and maintained by IMO a specialized agency of the United Nations IMO measures cover all aspects of international shipping including ship design construction equipment manning operation and disposal to ensure that this vital resource for future sustainable development remains safe

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  • Rio+20 : Local Action and Partnerships for more resilient people and communitie
    the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs Local action which strengthens resilience is key to its achievement It is also clear that no actor alone can achieve sustainable development meaningful partenrships are required Objective of the side event is to highlight the importance of the following Ï local actions in strengthening resilience of vulnerable communities as a key contribution for the fulfilment of the internationally agreed sustainable development agenda Ï inclusive partnerships at all levels across humanitarian and developmental actors which support greater resilience toward effective sustainable development Detailed programme The challenges brought by globalisation environmental degradation and overexploitation of natural resources climate change migration poverty economic and demographic stress violence diseases conflicts disasters etc are leading to the emergence of new patterns of vulnerability at local and regional levels and widening the gap between the Have and Have not The world we live in today is more complex than ever before How can we tackle these issues and their root causes while implementing sustainable development policies for the benefit of current and future generations The side event as outlined above will have an overarching theme focusing on Strengthening the resiliece of vulnerable people and their communities Resilience is defined as The ability of individuals communities organisations or countries exposed to disasters and crises and underlying vulnerability to anticipate reduce the impact of cope with and recover from the effects of adversity without compromising their long term prospects Panellists will be invited to share their views on how local action and partnerships will contribute to greater resilience We will explore the following thematic areas 1 Health and resilience for all essential for sustainable development Three decades after the ground breaking Alma Ata declaration we can testify to the public health efforts and achievements in many countries However health inequities across and within countries remain high and needs to be urgently addressed Health is a fundamental right and essential for sustainable development for communities and every individual To achieve resilience for all we must reduce health inequities in particular addressing the needs of the most vulnerable people often living in the shadows of our societies We must address the social determinants of health and improve access to health information commodities tools and infrastructure Health and resilience for all can be achieved both at the community level and with equitable and effective policies at the national level 2 Sustainable development cannot occur without reducing risk and prioritising a socially inclusive society from community to national level Strengthening resilience at the community level and preparing for disasters contribute to the safeguarding of life and livelihoods of the urban and rural poor who tend to be prone to disasters Disaster risk reduction which requires long term thinking and programming through a cross sectoral approach contributes to mitigating the effects of disasters protection of environment and increasing adaptation mechanisms to climate change At the same time a society which meets first basic needs for food

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  • Rio+20 : THE MALDIVES STORY
    reflected more meaningfully in the final outcome document negotiated in the conference Detailed programme Thematic Focus The proposed side event relates to theme 7 Reducing Disaster Risk and Building Resilience of the seven critical issues identified for Rio 20 Specifically the event will focus on resilience to climate change in the context of a Small Island Developing State with the case of Maldives The Maldives is chain of 1 192 low lying coral islands in the Indian Ocean with a total land area of 300 km2 The islands are surrounded by coral reefs which protect the islands from impacts of strong waves The islands have been known to be inhabited for up to 2 500 years The population of the Maldives in 2006 is 298 968 The main contributors to the economy are tourism and fisheries which are highly dependent on the coastal environment While Maldives contributes to less than 0 01 to the global emission of greenhouse gases it is at the frontline of the predicted impacts of climate change and sea level rise The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 brought home the extent of vulnerability of the nation state to natural disasters The tsunami took 82 lives with 26 still missing Sixty nine islands were completely flooded destroying homes access facilities including harbours and jetties water and sewerage networks electricity supplies health facilities communication networks and agricultural crops Some islands were left completely destroyed leaving no structures behind To build resilience of the islands to future disasters and climate change impacts the Maldives identified several key areas as adaptation priorities land beach and human settlements critical infrastructure tourism fisheries human health water resources agriculture and food security and coral reef biodiversity With no concrete action taken to date to address climate change at the global level reducing disaster

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  • Rio+20 : VISION20/30-Vision for Independence of Small Islands frm Fossil Energy
    being launched during the historic Rio 20 Conference at the platform provided by the UN Secretary General s initiative of Sustainable Energy for All Successful implementation of these plans would not only bring prosperity and economic development to Island Economies but it will also showcase examples of smart economic growth and development This we hope would accelerate the goal of universal energy access for all through renewable energy while also stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions This event will feature announcements by Island leaders and commitments by the implementing partner organizations An action plan for pilot Island Economies to achieve their energy transformation goals by 2030 will also be presented Detailed programme Title VISION 20 30 Theme Announcement by several SIDS Leaders to join a Vision for the Independence of their Small Islands from Fossil Energy which may be achieved by some by 2020 and hopefully all participating islands by 2030 This is an effort to transform the energy base of island economies to renewables and a call for the international community to assist these islands in having universal energy access and become energy independent by 2030 within the time frame of the Secretary General s Sustainable Energy for All initiative Format We plan to gather about a dozen SIDS Heads from Caribbean Pacific and Indian Ocean Regions Partner UN Agencies Multilateral and Regional Organizations and Private Sector Executives to announce a joint program and action plan for transformation of several island economies to become Sustainable Energy Islands Among expected participants are heads of several island nations senior UN and other multilateral regional and SIDS organizations to join the stage Senior private sector representatives are expected to participate Approach Island Economies pay a premium for petroleum due to their isolation and can be spending a significant proportion of their foreign exchange on fossil fuel imports despite having significant renewable energy resources Given the high premium paid for mineral fuels it should be economically feasible for many Island Economies to transition their economies off fossil fuels on a commercial basis using currently available technology In the case of SIDS the smallness of the market size has been one of the key barriers to the commercialization of these opportunities However the SIDS and other Island Economies can work together with the assistance of an aggregating system to attract private investment There are numerous organisations already in the field carrying out initiatives that are particularly aimed at supporting SIDS to implement sustainable energy policies and development plans However despite various announcements by international institutions and SIDs over the past two decades and programmes implemented at national regional and international level these efforts have delivered very few tangible results on the ground This initiative seeks to scale up and support the effort of SIDs and other Island Economies through i Encouraging leadership and commitment by Island Economies ii encouraging stronger coordination communication and collaboration amongst key stakeholders including international bodies aid and implementation agencies and iii facilitating the active participation of the private sector through creating

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  • Rio+20 : living heritage for sustainable development
    this Side event is taking place outside RioCentro in the Barra Arena living heritage for sustainable development Organizing partners ISESCO FAO Saudi Arabia Introduction The Islamic Countries through the Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization ISESCO has joined the FAO s Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems GIAHS Partnership Initiative The GIAHS Initiative represents a sophisticated framework for the recognition dynamic conservation and adaptive management of remarkable systems of agriculture with their associated livelihoods culture diversity ecosystems and landscapes The Director Generals of ISESCO and FAO and some member states and some member states will come to explain their programmes and progress made Detailed programme Worldwide specific agricultural systems and landscapes have been created shaped and maintained by generations of farmers and herders based on diverse natural resources using locally adapted management practices Building on local knowledge and experience these ingenious agri cultural systems reflect the evolution of humankind the diversity of its knowledge and its profound relationship with nature conservation of globally significant agricultural biodiversity outstanding landscapes indigenous knowledge systems and resilient ecosystems but above all in the sustained provision of multiple goods and services food and livelihood security for millions of poor and small farmers Within this context and in an effort to promote food security and enhanced livelihoods FAO launched a Global Partnership Initiative on Conservation of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems GIAHS The GIAHS Partnership Initiative is as an international partnership initiative of the CSD to support Agenda 21 It introduces the need for efforts to promote public understanding and international recognition of the Agricultural Heritage Systems in which the multiple goods and services provided to small farmers indigenous peoples traditional and family farming communities in terms of social cultural ecological and economical are immeasurable To facilitate understanding and international recognition of the importance of GIAHS the

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