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  • Rio+20 : Brazilian Policy to Reduce Deforestation
    00 18 30 Date 21 Jun 2012 Room T 2 Brazilian Policy to Reduce Deforestation Organizing partners Governments of Brazil Germany and Norway the Brazilian Bank for Economic and Social Development BNDES the World Bank Introduction The Brazilian experience in fighting deforestation by integrating the environmental social and economic perspectives has essentially become a sustainable development policy with all the challenges obstacles and opportunities that the concept carries on Rio 20 in turn is to the eyes of the international community an opportunity for the discussion of development models that incorporate the three dimensions of sustainability Therefore a side event is suggested during the Conference at RioCentro aimed at on one hand celebrating the advances achieved by the Brazilian Government in fighting deforestation including the social and economic gains of this process and on the other hand providing the international debate with lessons learned with this experience which has created a unique combination between national efforts and international cooperation Moreover in the context of South South cooperation the Brazilian lessons may strengthen relations between Amazonian countries and other stakeholders for the maintenance of tropical forests Detailed programme The thematic focus of this side event is the Brazilian policy to protect forests and reduce deforestation highlighting the role of international cooperation and the new challenges The proposed roundtable will be coordinated by the Brazilian Minister of the Environment and composed by Ministers from the governments of Germany and Norway the CEO of Brazilian Bank for Economic and Social Development BNDES one representative of the Brazilian civil society and one representative of the World Bank Speakers and proposed themes are as follows Brazilian Minister of the Environment Opening speech and presentation the Brazilian policy to reduce deforestation German Ministry representing donors of the Pilot Program on Protection of Tropical Forests in Brazil

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  • Rio+20 : Tailoring green growth strategies to country circumstances: practical
    OECD s green growth toolkit and indicators can be adapted to help countries measure their own progress Detailed programme In the face of pressing economic and environmental challenges green growth provides an opportunity to use scarce natural resources more efficiently while promoting economic growth job creation and sustainable development Moving towards an inclusive greener economy requires a reassessment of growth policies and priorities to ensure that their design and implementation better takes into account environmental impacts The Rio 20 Conference represents a critical milestone in terms of providing impetus to this dynamic and ensuring that it advances the common aspirations of countries to achieve sustainable development and poverty eradication Based on new analysis in the 2012 OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050 The Consequences of Inaction this side event will look at the key environmental challenges we face given the latest projections for demographic and economic trends over the next four decades Can the planet s resource base support ever increasing demands for energy food water wood products and other natural resources and at the same time absorb our waste streams Will the growth process undermine itself How can we balance social environmental and economic objectives and secure the life support systems on which all human development depends The side event will provide an opportunity for international organisations and finance experts to discuss with Leaders and Ministers how green growth strategies and policies can help to shift these long term projections to a more sustainable course As each region and country is facing different challenges and opportunities green growth policy actions need to be designed on the basis of country specific circumstances and stages of development Nevertheless there are some elements that will be common to all Insights from green growth chapters of economic environmental and investment reviews of OECD and

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  • Rio+20 : Global Partnership for Oceans: Coming Together for Healthy and Productive Oceans
    and institutional resources for effective public and private investments in priority ocean areas The partnership will work toward goals in the priority areas of Sustainable seafood fisheries and aquaculture Ocean and coastal habitats and biodiversity Pollution reduction Further details can be found http globalpartnershipforoceans org Introduction The Principality of Monaco Republic of Kiribati and World Bank Group have convened an event to showcase the recently announced Global Partnership for Oceans The event will include remarks from Prince Albert II of Monaco President Tong of Kiribati International Development Minister Heikke Holmås of Norway Director General Julia Marton Lefèvre of IUCN and other government private sector and civil society leaders who are committed to responsible ocean stewardship Limited seating is available Global Partnership for Oceans website http globalpartnershipforoceans org Detailed programme This side event has been convened to showcase high level cross cutting global support for ocean partnership Each of the organizing partners and speakers represent different interests in the Partnership that are key to its development and action The event program will include remarks on The Importance of Oceans for Humanity The Importance of Oceans for Small Island Developing States Fisheries and Governance Oceans and Development Oceans and the Role of the Private Sector Food Security and Nutrition Moving Forward with the Global Partnership for Oceans Notable speakers include His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco His Excellency Mr Anote Tong President of the Republic of Kiribati His Excellency Heikke Holmås Minister of International Development Norway Ms Julia Marton Lefèvre Director General of IUCN Mr Roger Bing Vice President for Seafood Purchasing Darden Restaurants Mr Mahmoud Mohieldin Managing Director World Bank Group Ms Rachel Kyte Vice President of Sustainable of Development World Bank Group Mr Jose Graziano da Silva Director General Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN Other global

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  • Rio+20 : A global convention on corporate sustainability reporting?
    evaluated the way their firm ought to contribute to a sustainable future in a globalized business market some twenty years after the first Earth Summit highlighted its importance Wording to this effect is currently included within the draft summit outcomes document and this event will explain why it should remain Detailed programme The objective of the Rio 20 Conference is to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development and address new and emerging challenges This proposed event is focused on both assessing the progress made over the past twenty years since the first Earth Summit in relation to corporate sustainability reporting and in light of the increasingly globalised world explain the need for a new commitment this year to engage more companies on the journey toward business sustainability The theme of a green economy is one which has begun to percolate mainstream policy discourses at the international level However without global corporate sustainability reporting the potential contribution of responsible investors toward a green global economy is significantly impaired In Rio in 1992 governments adopted Agenda21 and the Rio Principles of Sustainable Development Both of these key documents include strong messages to Governments and the corporate community to increase the level and scope of their sustainable development activities and reporting Ten Years later Governments agreed in Johannesburg to enhance corporate environmental and social responsibility and accountability These calls for voluntary undertakings were somewhat successful and a process for corporate sustainability strategies and reporting initiatives expanded around the globe However despite this progress we are still a very long way indeed from the ultimate aim of truly transparent corporate reporting of environmental and social issues In other words these progressive

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  • Rio+20 : Organizing for Change: Women's Tribunals as Civil Society Advocacy
    and impoverished women will be impacted at a disproportionate rate by global environmental threats Despite these alarming realities women voices and in particular rural and indigenous women grassroots and impoverished urban women are not being heard in the corridors of decision making venues Furthermore women s needs are not being fully addressed in the climate change and sustainability debates at all levels The proposed session will show how women have elevated their voices in the climate justice debate featuring the methodology of the women s tribunal on gender and climate justice Panelists will compare and contrast outcomes and policy recommendations of the tribunals The session will feature short video presentations of rural and grassroots women providing testimony The presentation of women s testimony and experiences will be even more impactful coming from on the ground women organizers Detailed programme Whether it be global warming contamination and pollution erosion or deforestation lack of water and sanitation due to desertification or creeping urbanization women bear the brunt of ecological and environmental degradation As the majority of the world s farmers caretakers and impoverished women will be impacted at a disproportionate rate global environmental threats Despite these alarming realities women voices and in particular rural and indigenous women grassroots and impoverished urban women are not being heard in the corridors of decision making venues Furthermore women s needs are not being fully addressed in the climate change debates at the local national regional or international level In the fall of last year leading up to the Durban COP17 meeting fifteen women s tribunals public hearings on gender justice were organized in Africa Asia and Latin America to raise the voices of rural and grassroots women otherwise counted out of the climate change debate The tribunals were an unprecedented approach to amplify the voices of women and counter the invisibility of women at the rural impoverished or grassroots level Organized at the local and community level the tribunals highlight the concerns of women their families and communities around a specific or interconnected issue for example gender poverty and climate justice Working with an international coalition towards an international conference local women s groups have leveraged wider global attention to their issue creating synergy with other women s organizations such as the Women s Major Group and international organizaitons such as Greenpeace International and Inter Press Service Following the successes of various tribunals on gender and inter related subthemes climate justice poverty eradication economic injustice and inequality social exclusion rural women health and human security including the fifteen tribunals in 2011 the 2009 seven tribunals 7 Countries 3 Continents 1 Call the Feminist Task Force and partners are organizing a new series of women s tribunals on gender and climate justice in the global north specifically the poverty stricken area of the Appalachian Mountains of the United States which are being destroyed due to mountain top removal for mining in the region The US series tribunal are planned for areas designated by the US government

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  • Rio+20 : Food for life & life of food
    Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations FAO 19 00 20 30 Date 21 Jun 2012 Room T 4 Food for life life of food Organizing partners FAO IFAD WFP Bioversity International World Bank Introduction Hunger eradication is fundamental to achieving the Rio vision of sustainable development Current pathways have left 1 4 billion in extreme poverty 925 million hungry and many more malnourished and food insecure There can be no sustainable development when billions of people are left in hunger poverty and food insecurity on the side lines of mainstream development with no protection from risks and shocks and no hope to contribute to and benefit from growth nor to fully enjoy their human development potential Moving sustainable development requires a shift to food production and consumption systems that are productive sustainable and fair Detailed programme This Side Event will focus on the following issues Sustainable management of natural resources land water fisheries forests and biodiversity is a precondition for long term agricultural growth Sustainability requires a reform of the overall agriculture and food system from production to consumption from farm to table Social protection and safety nets are essential to support resilient livelihoods protect the most vulnerable

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  • Rio+20 : Climate Neutral UN Participation at Rio +20 by South-South Cooperation
    demand of others we must do ourselves UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon Moving Towards a Climate Neutral UN 2011 UNEP 1 With over 50 000 participants expected to attend Rio 20 environmental sustainability must be achieved through a cohesive approach with key actors such as the host government of Brazil 2 The UN staff delegation to Rio 20 of approximately 1 400 members is expected to generate an estimated 3 600 tonnes of carbon emissions largely from air travel 3 In response to discussions with UN leadership the Special Unit for South South Cooperation stands ready to make an important contribution to these efforts by leveraging its flagship project South South Global Assets and Technology Exchange SS GATE to offset the entire carbon footprint from UN staff participation in Rio 20 4 Following up on consultations with the UN DESA Division for Sustainable Development and at the Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Events the Special Unit has partnered with the UNDP Bureau of Development Policy Energy and Environment Energy Group to calculate the total emissions from UN staff participation at Rio 20 5 Since its establishment by the Special Unit for South South Cooperation supported by UNCTAD UNIDO G 77 and China and many other global development partners SS GATE has played an important role in the developing world by serving as one of the only global exchange platforms of asset and technology transfer leveraging South South and triangular cooperation The SS GATE platform includes both a web based and on the ground network of currently 36 country centres throughout the global South and provides matching and value added support services to facilitate the transfer of assets and technology SS GATE has been endorsed by the General Assembly on multiple occasions including in the Nairobi outcome document of the

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  • Rio+20 : Second Track beyond Rio - a Chinese Perspective on Green Economy
    economy and eco civilization As a high level platform that connects many key decision makers from all types of stakeholders we want to contribute to the success of the Rio 20 Conference Our side event will be a panel discussion called China Forum Building an Inclusive and Green Economy We will have a moderator and approximately 5 7 panelists from different sectors and countries Our current co organizers are Peking University ICLEI the China Mayor s Association the China Association for NGO Cooperation UNEP Beijing UNDP Beijing and UNESCO Beijing We are currently looking into co organizers from all over the world and are especially eager to find international co organizers who are from BRICS countries We will discuss how different countries work on developing green and inclusive economies In particular we will use the example of China in sustainable development and compare and contrast it to others The discussion will focus on how stakeholders at different levels implement policies to incentivize the development of a sustainable society and how informal mechanisms can contribute to maintaining progress toward green economy post Rio 20 In the first half the participating panelists will present their examples and best practices They will highlight how different stakeholders endeavor to promote eco civilization and sustainable development and impact their societies The second half will focus on the actions and interactions of stakeholders beyond Rio 20 and the best method to gather all stakeholders into a network and community for mutual benefit and to make sure that the upcoming transformation is inclusive We have confirmed several panelists Martin Lees former Secretary General of the Club of Rome and former Assistant Secretary General to the UN Hans d Orville Assistant Director General for Strategic Planning of UNESCO Maurice Strong former Under Secretary General of UN and Zhang

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