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  • Rio+20 : Black gold and the green economy: hydrocarbon exporters' perspectives
    Lead UAE Co organizer Norway Introduction The ten years post Johannesburg have witnessed a tectonic shift in the development strategies of major hydrocarbon exporters The UAE and Norway now occupy a unique position in the Rio landscape two of the world s largest and most reliable oil and gas providers and reserve owners but also two of the largest investors in clean technology national human development and overseas aid at 1 of GDP annually navigating seemingly contradictory imperatives This side event reviews the case for sustainability in hydrocarbon exporting countries as well as their role in the global transition to sustainable development Panel discussion by senior representatives from Masdar the IEA Bloomberg New Energy Finance Statoil WWF Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and the Carbon War Room will illuminate the lessons for implementation of the Rio 20 agenda through the unique experience of the global economy s essential fuel suppliers Detailed programme Following remarks from UAE and Norwegian ministers the moderator will lead a free flowing discussion among the panelists drawing from their diverse perspectives Discussion questions include Why are hydrocarbon exporters pursuing green growth measures What are the circumstances that precipitate green intervention in the market where energy supply

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  • Rio+20 : Health and Sustainable Development - Reinforcing the Links
    what we have learned WHO Director General Dr Margaret Chan Renewed commitment to sustainable development SD is needed to bring about the integration of policies across in economic environmental and social domains with human beings and their health and well being at the centre Rio 20 offers an important opportunity to re examine and re establish the relationship between health and SD in line with the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development in 1992 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation in 2002 WHO s Director General will outline how our thinking about health and development has evolved since the first Rio conference to greater awareness of the linkages between health environment including the health co benefits of certain climate change strategies how health behaviour can be influenced by the environment as well as the importance of social determinants of health and access to health coverage as the defining factors influencing the rates of non communicable diseases and diseases of poverty Ensuring 1 universal health coverage 2 SD and green economy actions that address health at multiple levels and 3 health relevant measures of progress can be a focus of renewed commitment to action and a major contribution to the outcomes of Rio 20 TF 1 Universal health coverage Speaker TBD There have been major advances in human health and healthcare coverage over the last two decades however those benefits have been unequally shared WHO estimates that more than 1 billion people worldwide do not have access to needed health services either because those services are not available or people cannot afford to use them Moreover 150 million people each year suffer severe financial catastrophe because they fall ill use health services and need to pay for them either directly out of pocket or without any prospect of future reimbursement Many people have to sell assets or go into debt to pay for those health services with 100 million people being pushed under the poverty line as a result Coverage of health services also remains very partial or lacking in many countries as reflected by the different rates of progress in attainment of health related MDG goals For instance only 19 countries will reach the MDG target for reduction of maternal mortality by 2015 Improved access to medicines has been constrained by trade and intellectual property policies and practices among others Ensuring universal health coverage can help ensure the health security of millions of vulnerable people worldwide advancing progress on the social goals that are integral to SD TF 2 Health and the Green Economy Speaker Minister Brazil Thailand Strategies aimed at developing a green economy can yield major health co benefits Some of those strategies can also create health risks unintended health risks and it is crucial therefore to include health in the planning of green growth strategies Examples from the Health in the Green Economy analyses will illustrate in this session the many ways that better health can be an outcome of SD yielding win wins from economic investments

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  • Rio+20 : Seizing ecolabelling and sustainable public procurement opportunities
    Ministerial dialogue with Nordic and Southern Cone countries sets the focus on ecolabelling and sustainable public procurement and highlights the potential and advantages of the regional co operation A green economy needs pragmatic approaches with feasible instruments for countries striving for a path towards low carbon small footprint societies Sustainable consumption and production patterns models programmes and strategies can contribute a great deal in these aspirations both in developed and developing world Ecolabelling and sustainable public procurement are examples of concrete tools which can enhance the transition to a green economy The side event discusses the inter linkages between sustainable consumption and production and green economy policy instruments and practices within the framework of sustainable development and poverty eradication and thus contributes strongly to the conference theme green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication ORGANISER Nordic Council of Ministers NCM is an intergovernmental organization Nordic Council of Ministers is the forum for governmental co operation between Denmark Finland Iceland Norway Sweden and the autonomous territories Greenland Faroe Islands and Aland PROGRAMME The programme consists of national and regional experiences on the use of ecolabelling and sustainable public procurement and focuses on the ministerial dialogue with participants from the Nordic and Southern Cone regions The side event will also present the joint venture initiated by the Nordic Council of Ministers and the United Nations Environment Programme which evaluates and advances the strategies towards the development of a regional ecolabelling programme and promotes the role of SPP in Argentina Brazil Chile Paraguay and Uruguay Seizing ecolabelling and sustainable public procurement opportunities Ministerial dialogue with Nordic and Southern Cone countries Key note presentation on the potential of ecolabelling and SPP to achieve green economy Intervention from a consumer organization Intervention from the business sector Ministerial dialogue including national and regional experiences tbc the final constellation of the panel will be confirmed in April 2012 Minister of Environment Finland Minister of Business and Industry Nordic countries Minister of Development Industry and Foreign Trade Brazil Minister of Environment Chile THEMATIC FOCUS Resource productivity has been increasing in many countries Several countries Nordic countries amongst them have achieved relative decoupling of economic growth from environmental degradation Nevertheless resource use continues to grow over the sustainable limits and environmental degradation threatens the development and welfare of many newly developed countries In order to meet the basic needs of a growing population within the Earth s limited resources there is a need to rethink the concept of growth and to come up with more sustainable approaches both for production and consumption and for the economy as a whole To create a dynamic framework for promotion of sustainable production and consumption patterns it is important to connect and enhance synergistic potential of different instruments Voluntary labelling and public procurement together with other complementary measures constitute a dynamic SCP policy framework In the transition to green economy these tools are part of enabling conditions each playing an important role in the overall market transformation towards an

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  • Rio+20 : Financing Access to Clean Energy for the Poor
    and micro enterprises Detailed programme I Thematic focus The Sustainable Energy for All initiative recently launched by UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon draws global attention to the importance of energy for sustainable development and calls for specific commitments from the private sector and national governments Evidence from across the globe shows that increased access to clean reliable and affordable energy can provide a critical contribution to reducing poverty and accelerating progress toward the Millennium Development Goals Not only can access to energy dramatically improve the lives of poor people but it can also create jobs and offer new opportunities related to the emerging green economy Thanks to recent technological developments there is now a real possibility to enable universal access to clean energy solutions by promoting innovative approaches that combine the development of clean energy value chains and appropriate financing for those presently excluded from energy access Alternative off grid solutions including micro solar technologies energy efficient cookers and lighting applications are now available and can make a difference in terms of scaling up access to cleaner energy However in urban and rural areas alike the lack of a conducive policy environment the weakness of the value chains through which those solutions can be offered and the lack of appropriate financial services to low income people to access them the cost of equipment service recharging and refilling etc are key barriers to uptake leave this potential un fulfilled and those markets undeveloped In this context the introduction of innovative approaches that combine strengthening clean energy values chains to reach the bottom of the pyramid financing arrangements through microfinance institutions targeting low income population and micro enterprises supported by a strengthened policy environment can play a key role in fostering access to energy The event moderated discussion will address four

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  • Rio+20 : Business Solutions for Sustainability: Rio+20 and beyond
    Introduction This side event has four primary objectives Summarize the business contributions to the Rio 20 process principally through the outputs of in the BASD Business Day 19 June Assess the progress made by business from 1992 2012 as a partner and solution provider in sustainable development To highlight business commitments to Sustainable Development Identify the key actions necessary to increase private sector initiative and investment in sustainable development The session will include leading figures from business government and other stakeholder groups in a moderated discussion format Individual participants will depend on the time slot provided Detailed programme This side event will build on previous formal and informal business led side events that have been held throughout the Rio 20 process as well as other events including The Hague Consultation April 2012 the KPMG Conference February 2012 and the UN Corporate Sustainability Forum 15 18 June 2012 These business led Rio 20 activities will culminate with the Business Day on 19 June bringing the output from these different activities together and providing a final unified output from the business community to the Rio 20 Conference Participants will include Peter Bakker President of the World Business Council and a number of CEOs from our member companies depending on the scheduling of the side event along with a few selected leaders from government and civil society The proposed side event is intended to provide a forum to present this final contribution to the Rio 20 process to reflect on the progress made by business since the 1992 Summit to discuss the many commitments made by business to sustainable development and to identify a priority set of actions that should be taken in order to address the scale of the challenges that we are facing in the context of the anticipated Rio 20 achievements Most people around the world count on the business sector for their employment and livelihood whether self employed entrepreneurs farmers or employees The contributions of businesses of all shapes and sizes small medium sized and large multi national and state owned enterprises are indispensable for the achievement of sustainable development both globally and locally across the three dimensions The core function of business is to provide the products and services required by society by bringing together natural human and financial resources in efficient and productive ways In doing this businesses contribute to the realization of a green and inclusive economy alleviating poverty raising living standards and ultimately improving human well being Government will only be able to achieve the objectives of poverty alleviation greener economies and sustainable development by making it possible for business to fulfil these functions in society Business in general has made tremendous progress over the past 20 years in terms of awareness engagement and action Progressive businesses of all sizes are leading by example They are committing themselves to sustainable operations and products They are reducing environmental impacts across more inclusive value chains They are increasing energy water and resource use efficiency They are investing

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  • Rio+20 : Green Economics:A roadmap of its development and benefits
    Nations IGOs Information Lead organizer Green Economics Institute GEI 09 00 10 30 Date 21 Jun 2012 Room T 8 Green Economics A roadmap of its development and benefits Organizing partners The Green Economics Institute Registered Offices 6 Strachey Close Tidmarsh Reading RG8 8EP Introduction This event is from the global leaders in Green Economics who created the field of Green Economics as an academic discipline and who have been resposible for its spread over the last 10 years The first green academic journal International Journal of Green Economics which is double blind peer reviewed will be introduced now in its 6th volume as well as a complete range of books on green economics and the green economy in 4 series Ashgate Academic Press Gower Management Publishers and The Green Economics Reader Series and the Green Economics Handbook series from the Green Economics Institute This side events charts the history origins background theory and practise of Green Economics and the competing ideas within the field and the literature and introduces and analyses the field There will be 4 speakers and participation is encouraged from the floor Detailed programme This workshop with its high profile and robust line up of experienced green econonmists will be able to support and influence the outcome of the UNCSD in a way that few others will have been focused over the long term on this subject It therefore will offer unique 10 year insight into the field and its practise and literature on green economics and the green economy and how and why it has evolved as it has The field of green economics is about reclaiming reforming and the renaissance of Economics for all people especially women nature other species the planet and its systems and about environmental and social justice together It is

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  • Rio+20 : CSR and sustainability reporting: creating a green economy and sustainable development
    Conference 20 22 June 20 June 21 June 22 June Rio 20 Journal Statements 20 22 June Side Events at Rio 20 Guidelines for organizers 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

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  • Rio+20 : Environmental Auditing for Better Environmental Governance
    Detailed programme Thematic Focus Contribution of the Years of Work of Supreme Audit Institutions to Improving the Sustainable Development Performance of National Governments Speakers and Key Contributors Mr Tõnis Saar Secretary General of INTOSAI WGEA National Audit Office of Estonia Mr Scott Vaughan Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Office of the Auditor General of Canada Minister Augusto Nardes Vice President Brazilian Court of Audit Ms Anna O Chifungula Auditor General Office of the Auditor General of Zambia Mr Jean Cinq Mars Commissioner of the Environment of the Canadian province of Quebec Contributing messages of INTOSAI WGEA to the outcome of UNCSD Rio 20 Top ten key observations on sustainable development policies that SAIs around the world are consistently finding when conducting their environmental audits were identified via a survey conducted among the INTOSAI community in 2011 1 unclear overlapping of responsibilities between ministries departments and agencies as well as among programs and projects related to the cross governmental framework of sustainable development 2 lack of coordination between sub national levels and the national level 3 absent or deficient sustainable development policies of strategies 4 insufficient assessment of environmental impacts of governmental policies and programs 5 lack of analysis economic social and environmental supporting decisions 6 lack of long term planning to implement environmental policies and programs 7 inadequate financial management of environmental policies and programs 8 lack of enforcement of domestic environmental legislation 9 deficient monitoring and reporting systems in the framework of sustainable development policy action 10 lack of environmental data for decision making On the basis of these findings national governments can derive conclusions as of ways to improve the effectiveness and cost efficiency of a range of domestic environmental and sustainable development programs policies and tools as well as how to better design and implement

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