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  • Rio+20 : Initiatives of Central Asian countries toward greening their economies
    their economies in order to enhance opportunities to shift to a low carbon sustainable development path The focus is on sustainable energy as well as on sustainable housing and sustainable agriculture forestry Thereby countries engage in ways of restructuring their national economies which reduce pressure on the prevailing regional distribution conflict on access to energy and water resources The Side Event shall include the presentation of the concepts of NAMAs and green growth strategies which are currently under development in this region Detailed programme The Central Asian counties aim to share global efforts on climate change mitigation and on the elaboration and implementation of country and sector specific low carbon sustainable development strategies and programs in order to mainstream them into existing development strategies Nationally appropriate mitigation activities NAMA in key economic sectors leading to new technology options and employment opportunities are seen as key for spurring this development Furthermore they help countries in using resources more efficiently thus contributing to easing pressure on the prevailing regional conflict on access to energy and water resources Kyrgyzstan as well as the LDC Tajikistan which is one of the poorest countries of Central Asia with a low carbon intensity due to huge hydro power aim to reduce GHG emissions in centralized heat supply by introducing renewable energies as a major focus in their development strategies All other countries are preparing NAMAs searching for international support in different sectors and by different types of programs fitting best to their national circumstances In all countries the focus is on sustainable energy as well as on sustainable housing and sustainable agriculture forestry As the Central Asian countries are pioneers in this field for countries in transition as well as for other countries in Asia and South East Europe the Side Event aims to be a

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  • Rio+20 : SymbioCity - the role of cities in realizing the Rio+20 agenda
    becoming increasingly important as centers for economic activity development and innovation In addition the global challenges are often most severely felt in cities Climate change is a poignant example How cities develop and are managed will therefore be of fundamental importance for almost any sustainability issue But cities are also the places where we can change innovate and provide leadership to deal with the challenges In cities we more readily focus on all three dimensions of sustainable development since they are part of our daily integrated lives and decisions And the density of cities can provide opportunities for efficient solutions Sustainable and inclusive urban development can therefore be one important answer to how we can convert to a green economy and achieve significantly better living conditions for all including for the urban poor Sweden has a long history of working with sustainable development Municipalities and industry have been instrumental in developing many innovative solutions like bio fuelled district heating waste management systems smart grids and transport solutions Several innovative eco city districts have been developed by applying an integrated holistic perspective on urban development This is an on going effort and the government has recently established a new program to facilitate even higher ambitions Sweden also puts much emphasis and effort on increased international co operation and trade for sustainable urban development The Swedish experiences of sustainable cities clean tech and the potential for holistic integrated urban development is presented through the SymbioCity concept which was initially launched together with China as a partnership initiative at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002 Significant initiatives and efforts in sustainable city development are also being developed in several other countries including i a China India Brazil and the UAE and sustainable urban development is in the process of

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  • Rio+20 : Breaking Down Political Barriers to Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform
    and labour political activists and civil society organisations Detailed programme IISD s vision is that UNCSD Rio 20 should focus on a few high impact initiatives that will help create the enabling framework for sustainable development Rio 20 participants pledge to phase out fossil fuel subsidies can be one such initiative It will free up valuable fiscal resources that can be redirected to fund other sustainable development priorities provide the opportunity to introduce more targeted measures to support low income households reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help incentivize investments in renewable energy From a sustainable development perspective there are convincing rationales for reforming fossil fuel subsidies Fossil fuel subsidies are costly amounting to US 409 billion in 2010 International Energy Agency IEA 2011 In addition the OECD estimates that subsidies for fossil fuel production and consumption in its member countries cost US 45 75 billion annually OECD 2011 Globally producer subsidies are estimated by the GSI to be at least US 100 billion annually GSI 2010 Phasing out fossil fuel subsidies would reduce growth in global energy demand by 4 1 and carbon dioxide emissions by 4 7 by 2020 IEA 2011 Fossil fuel subsidies create incentives for higher levels of consumption which in turn produce more local and global pollutants on behalf of both industry and consumers Fossil fuel subsidies are socially regressive the IEA estimates that only 8 of the US 409 billion spent subsidizing fossil fuel consumption went to the poorest 20 of the population While fossil fuel subsidies are often designed for the interests of poorer populations they typically benefit medium to high income households or lead to diversion Both G 20 and APEC countries have committed to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption However actual progress on fulfilling these commitments has been slow Beyond G 20 and APEC only a few developing countries including Iran and Ethiopia have recently succeeded in phasing out a considerable amount of their fossil fuel subsidies From a political economy perspective reforming fossil fuel subsidies is challenging If introduced too quickly and without sufficient public support a spike in fuel prices can have serious political repercussions Moreover there are concerns about negative effects on the competitiveness of domestic energy intensive industries Recent events in Nigeria in which the withdrawal of fuel subsidies sparked public unrest and significant political barriers to fossil fuel subsidy reform in countries such as Indonesia and Bolivia demonstrate the need for a comprehensive strategy Elements of such a strategy should include investment in alternative fuels or transport options putting in place welfare measures to shield the poor and vulnerable from higher fuel prices establishing independent pricing mechanisms and rolling out information campaigns to build public awareness and support In organizing the side event IISD aims to add value to the UNCSD negotiating process and assist countries implement the commitments signed in Rio by opening a discussion on the political barriers to fossil fuel subsidy reform and ways to overcome these challenges The

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  • Rio+20 : Inequality & Sustainable Development-BRICS Perspectives
    contexts of the BRICS countries and entrenched inequality remains an obstacle to sustainable development in these countries In this context we will discuss why growth is not enough and how lack of access to common property resources land forest produce and state sponsored essential services results in real reduction in incomes hits the poor and the near poor hardest and results in spiking inequality Brazil s experience shows that public policies can be effective in addressing inequality and poverty reduction especially with significant levels of social participation in design and implementation In the last 20 years the development of public policies and social participation in Brazil were key elements for the reduction of inequality hunger and poverty Detailed programme The BRICS countries are emerging global and regional economic powers and are becoming more influential in the global power architecture However they are countries with many challenges in terms of poverty and inequality Without political will leadership commitment affirmative action and re distributive justice growth will continue to remain necessary but not sufficient condition for lifting people out of poverty and impoverish even more According to a recent Oxfam report on the G20 countries South Africa and Brazil are the most unequal despite Brazil s recent progress The BRICS countries have increasingly been developing aid cooperation and overseas investments as well as policies in food security in recent years These policies are fundamental but we need more debate around the social and economic model and how to maintain public policies that can address poverty and inequality in the long term without generating new inequalities and without stretching the planetary boundaries of sustainability Oxfam is facilitating exchange of information and debates among the BRICS The UNCSD Rio 20 provides an opportunity to further this debate with civil society partners from China India

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  • Rio+20 : Corporate Power: Time for a Turnaround
    stakeholders in the context of UN international negotiations and partnerships for sustainable development Research and analysis will be provided by civil society organisations from all continents Participants will be invited to reflect on the engagement and partnership policy that has significantly increased since the Rio summit of 1992 A particular focus will be put on the growing influence of major corporations and business lobby groups in the UN which is perceived as increasingly resulting on UN policies that do not necessarily serve the public interest but rather support certain companies or business sectors The organizers will present solutions based on Binding Obligations on the operations of corporations Detailed programme Over the last two decades the interactions of major corporations and business lobby groups with the UN through the role of industry in major groups its influence over the positions of national governments in multilateral negotiations or its growing influence within certain UN bodies and discussion spaces have grown significantly This has resulted in UN policies that increasingly support the interests of certain companies and business sectors as part of the solution without necessarily serving the public interest The upcoming Earth Summit in Rio in June 2012 should be seized as the opportunity to question this trend in the light of the actual results achieved by these partnerships or UN negotiations themselves and the close relationships between the corporate sector and the UN In the lead up to the Rio 20 Earth Summit the strongly criticized Green Economy agenda and thus its negative impact for Global Governance cannot be dissociated from the strong involvement of high profile corporate and financial sector representatives such as Deutsche Bank intelligence in developing the concept as well as the innovative financial instruments for accounting and trading of biodiversity as natural capital brought as The Economy

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  • Rio+20 : The Future We Want-The role of dev.cooperation in getting us there
    take place It will discuss where development cooperation for sustainable development can benefit from lessons learned in the work on aid effectiveness More specifically it will examine how aid should be delivered to best contribute to the goal of sustainable development and identify and best practices It will also review how to use and further develop existing country level planning and coordination tools to operationalize and mainstream the outcomes of the Rio 20 summit into national development strategies and policies Following the multistakeholder tradition of both the Development Cooperation Forum and the Commission for Sustainable Development it will include speakers from Member States and one of the major groups Presentations by the panellists will be followed by an interactive discussion Detailed programme Format of the proposed event In line with the multistakeholder tradition of both the Development Cooperation Forum and the Commission for Sustainable Development the side event will include speakers from Member States and from the Major Groups Opening remarks and presentations by panellists will be followed by a moderated interactive discussion Potential speakers presenters The meeting will be opened by H E Ms Julia Gillard Prime Minister of Ausralia Mr Sha Zukang Under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary General of Rio 20 and H E Mr Milo Koterec President of the Economic and Social Council There introductory remarks will be followed by three 5 minute presentations by high level panellists a developing country a donor country and a major group representative which in turn will be followed by a moderated Q A session Thematic Focus of the event Under the theme The Future We Want The role of development cooperation in getting us there the side event will look the implications of the agreements reached at Rio 20 for the future of development cooperation

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  • Rio+20 : Thematic Session on Water Cooperation
    Map Registration By Category Preparatory Committees Intersessionals Informal Consultations Regional Member States Major Groups Bureau United Nations IGOs Information Lead organizer Tajikistan 15 00 16 30 Date 21 Jun 2012 Room P3 E Documents Recommendations Dushanbe Prepcom Conference final 12 eng 1 pdf The Preparatory Conference Towards the UN Conference on Sustainable Development Water Cooperation Issues took place on 19 20 October 2011 in Dushanbe Tajikistan The Recommendation of the

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  • Rio+20 : Transition Territories, the lessons learned after the crisis experienc
    economics models towards a green economy Detailed programme A Thematic Focus From crisis to sustainable development experiences Being in this fragile state has led them to have a better way to identify and consider their indispensable resources natural human and to propose innovative solutions to go towards viable development Whatever the kind of crisis or wherever it takes place on our planet these resilient territories are an inspiration in allowing for a better understanding of the innovation and the educating of all countries and territories over the world in order to get support The objective of this side event is to exchange between several territories that have undergone crises in order to make comparative analysis Analyze common issues and appropriate solutions Identify sources of change for a new development pathway that best suits the needs of human and natural well being Territories that have experienced an unsustainable development and an economic disruption whether they were accidental or were the result of a succession of crises We can observe similar components to re building a more sustainable and livable future The starting up of the crises warning signals and signs pointing to a region in a fragile state which has ecological scarcities social inequity pollution etc Means of prevention new potential to reveal finding new ways to improve human and ecological conditions Sharing methods in order to find a collective process in order to improve territorial management Transfer experiences in order to reach a sustainable development across territories localities or global zones B Experiences and speakers We will present these 4 experiences The territory of Nord Pas de Calais North of France has seen the end of the exploitation of coal mines and an industrial decline The end of these activities has led the territory towards several crisis However the Regional Council of Nord Pas de Calais local governments businesses and associations have worked to build and redevelop the area in order to make it livable and sustainable for all residents It is also a region that stays aware of the damage and the scarcity of its natural areas It s also an area recognized as a transition territory by the European Union Speaker Myriam Cau President CERDD Brussels Capital over one million inhabitants has been to promoting a model of sustainable urban management in others terms Reduction in 30 of the emissions gases by 2025 Covenant of Mayors Fight against pollution and environmental damage water air waste Improve the energy efficiency in the buildings Strong urban biodiversity policy Green job Pact However the ecological transition needs a social project that ensures an equitable reparation of these changes and protect the low class inhabitants These ideas are supported for the citizen initiatives the development of sustainable neighbourhoods towards sustainable lifestyles but also by the creating new employment streams connected with new environmental businesses Speaker Evelyne Huytebroeck Minister of Environment Energy and Urban Renewal of the Brussels Capital Mr Minister of Sustainable Development Jean Marc Nollet wishes to present one project Alliance

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