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  • Rio+20 : Biofuels for Sustainable Development
    Bureau United Nations IGOs Information Lead organizer PETROBRAS 19 00 20 30 Date 21 Jun 2012 Room T 5 Biofuels for Sustainable Development Organizing partners Introduction Through the Agricultural Supply Program of Petrobras Biofuel the production chain of biodiesel is already a reality in the semi arid The company affirms its commitment to society by promoting economic development and social inclusion in one of the poorest regions of Brazil encouraging

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  • Rio+20 : 1 Billion Reasons to Deliver Clean Energy Access for the Poor
    for the Poor Organizing partners Sierra Club Carbon War Room Greenpeace India Eight 19 Greenlight Planet Introduction After decades of attempts to electrify rural populations worldwide the International Energy Agency IEA in a series of energy access papers has come to the conclusion that business as usual V defined as a reliance on centralized grid extensions can not solve the problem The IEA found that by 2030 there will still be 1 billion people without electricity using current approaches while billions more considered electrified will receive only a few hours of electricity per day We argue that the only way to reverse the present situation and reach the 1 billion people without electricity is to abandon the grid fallacy that building out the grid is the only way to achieve universal electrification and the aid trap that rural electrification requires heavy end user subsidies typically associated with costly grid extensions Detailed programme After decades of attempts to electrify rural populations worldwide the International Energy Agency IEA in a series of energy access papers has come to the conclusion that business as usual defined as a reliance on centralized grid extensions cannot solve the problem The IEA found that by 2030 there will still be 1 billion people without electricity using current approaches while billions more considered electrified will receive only a few hours of electricity per day The result of this failure is staggering The world s poor pay about 20 of the global lighting bill but they receive only 0 1 of the lighting services produced Put another way the poor pay 10 000 times what we pay and they get poor light and poor health in return We argue that the only way to reverse the present situation and reach the 1 billion people without electricity is to

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  • Rio+20 : Food, agriculture and conflicts - challenge for peace
    International Peace Bureau 11 00 12 30 Date 22 Jun 2012 Room P3 A Food agriculture and conflicts challenge for peace Organizing partners International Network of Engineers and Scientists INES International Peace Bureau IPB World Future Council WFC Introduction The Side Event deals with the questions which dangers for security and peace pose the crisis of food supply which temporary and structural problems pose societal conflicts in connection to food crisis and which course of action exists for sustainable politics of prevention crisis and violence for politics of civil cooperation and disarmament Detailed programme In 2007 2008 rapidly rising food prices led to major protests in many states worldwide In the beginning of 2011 the Food Prize Index of FAO reached its highest level since its establishment and increased food prizes were a major factor triggering the Arab Spring Nevertheless crisis in food supply are not a singular but rather a structural problem The United Nations estimate that 950 million people in the world are starving the tendency is rising Hunger increase of food prizes and lacking agricultural cropland harbor a substantial potential for crisis and conflict This potential is increased by climate induced reduction of food supply scarcity of

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  • Rio+20 : Sustaining resilience - development in crisis
    in face of Decade of uninvited natural calamities Earthquake Cyclones Floods Decade of Conflict and engagement in war on terror Economic dampeners Forcibly superimpose on self inflicted challenges population weak governance corruption Detailed programme Pakistan is facing natural disasters since its inception The different kinds of disasters like floods earthquakes and droughts The flood in 1972 was a most destructive and catastrophic that made homeless more than five millions people Then in 2010 the severity of this natural calamity was more than in the past One fourth part of Pakistan was effected by this flood and more than ten million people remained homeless The south part of the country which is agriculture based and has poor people faced its worst history In 2005 earthquake in northern areas hit the vast population almost a million people died and five million lost their homes properties and business These disasters effect every tier of life as economic social financial and agricultural Pakistan s economy that was already in worst conditions has become poorer than the past The growth of Pakistan s economy in 2006 2007 was almost 6 annually but now it is only on 3 The flood of 2010 has severally smashed the agriculture sector which is back bone of Pakistan More than 60 population of the country depends upon agriculture sector The exports like textile goods wheat and fruits etc of the country are also directly attached with this sector So that industrial sector too has been gone one step back instead of ahead The terrible economic and social consequences of the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan followed by unprecedented floods in 2010 demonstrate the frequency of natural disasters especially over the last decade Pakistan s economy is under pressure of the War on Terror intensifying for last four years in Afghanistan

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  • Rio+20 : Sustainable Global Transformation and Inclusive Green Growth
    for green growth a necessary input into sustainable development The Bank will argue that greener growth is necessary efficient and affordable and should focus on what needs to happen in the next five to 10 years to avoid getting locked into unsustainable paths and causing irreversible environmental damage Narratives from Vietnam and Morocco will contextualize these analytical views in the ongoing efforts of developing countries to devise and implement green growth strategies providing policymakers advocates and leaders from industry and finance the conceptual framework and practical understanding needed to make growth processes greener avert worst case scenarios for resource depletion and achieve sustainable development Detailed programme This joint German Advisory Council on Global Change WBGU World Bank WB side event will discuss pathways to a sustainable future by drawing on the WBGU s flagship report Worlds in transition A social contract for sustainability as well as the WB s report Inclusive Green Growth The Pathway to Sustainable Development First however senior officials from Vietnam and Morocco will share their early experiences with the pursuit of greener growth Speakers will include H E Bui Quang Vinh Minister of Planning and Investment Vietnam Mr Pham Hoang Mai Director General Ministry of Planning and Investment Vietnam H E Fouad Douiri Minister of Energy Mines Water and Environment Morocco Mr Dirk Messner Vice Chair German Advisory Council on Global Change WBGU and Director German Development Institute Mr Nebojsa Nakicenovic Member WBGU and Deputy Director International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis IIASA Ms Marianne Fay Chief Economist Sustainable Development Network World Bank The WBGU report argues that a transformation towards a low carbon society supported through a new social contract for sustainability is a central cornerstone of a broader transformation towards a global sustainable society It outlines the concept of a great transformation explains its inevitability and how fast it must take place The report also outlines five opportunities and five barriers influencing the management of transformations By drawing on the concept of transition management the major arenas and drivers of the already ongoing low carbon transformation are pinpointed and room for political manoeuvre is identified A major pre requisite is a new social contract for sustainability With regard to the global energy transformation the WBGU report shows that the decarbonisation of the energy system is certainly feasible even if combined with the goal of universal energy access These findings are consistent with the Global Energy Assessment that will be launched at Rio 20 and that calls for deep transformational change of the global energy systems toward efficiency decarbonization and a sustainable future for all The two energy pathways including their requirements with regard to technology and energy efficiency that lead to decarbonised energy systems by 2050 are outlined The World Bank report builds the economic case for green growth a necessary input into sustainable development The report conveys five key messages First greening growth is necessary efficient and affordable It is critical to achieving sustainable development and mostly amounts to good growth policies Second

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  • Rio+20 : Dynamics of Rio: Population, Women and Rights
    post 2015 development framework Governments and civil society must work together to ensure that SRHR are a central component of sustainable development Rio 20 must recognize the centrality of human rights to sustainable development and particularly the well being of women and young people in a changing world Detailed programme Women men and young people must have the ability to realize their SRHR access appropriate services and avoid unwanted births As a result individuals have more opportunities to break the poverty cycle and take positive steps towards securing a healthier more educated economically productive and sustainable present which will not just benefit current generations but positively impact on those of the future This is critical to the Rio 20 themes of the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and the institutional framework for sustainable development Protecting and realizing the rights of the most vulnerable and promoting the SRHR of poor and marginalized groups must be a cornerstone of efforts to support adaptation to change and seize development opportunities Intensified efforts to improve sexual and reproductive rights including rights based voluntary family planning should in helping reduce vulnerability to impact be a vital component in supporting countries and communities adapt and respond to climate change The ability of women to control their own fertility and realise their sexual and reproductive health and rights are fundamental to and inseparable from efforts to promote better health gender equity economic and political opportunity and sustainable growth all of which will better equip countries and communities to cope with and respond to the challenges posed by climate change and contribute to sustainable development Purpose IPPF and the Government of Denmark will convene a high level discussion to secure political recognition of the importance of the links between population dynamics human rights and the sustainable development agenda The Side Event will encourage greater collaboration between the BRICS the G20 and other like minded partners to ensure the central tenets of the ICPD are included in the next development framework Recognizing civil society organizations critical role in influencing and implementing sustainable development at both the national and global level we envisage collaboration with civil society to advance gender equality and women s rights Proposed Debates Women and sustainability The Side Event will contribute to the wider discussion on gender equality and sustainable development and call on the Rio 20 outcome document to make strong reference to population dynamics women and reproductive health The Side Event will examine the following debates and how they relate to the The Future We Want Rio 20 Zero draft Equitable Development In order to achieve sustainable and equitable development women and men have the same right to decide freely and responsibly the number and spacing of their children We must remove the barriers that have prevented women from being full participants in the economy and unlocking their potential as drivers of sustainable development and agree to prioritize gender equality including education employment ownership of resources access to

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  • Rio+20 : Blue Economy Leadership Event: showcasing efforts to achieve a Blue Economy
    organizer Indonesia 11 00 12 30 Date 22 Jun 2012 Room P3 B Blue Economy Leadership Event showcasing efforts to achieve a Blue Economy Organizing partners Government of Indonesia with support from the Government of Australia others tbc Introduction Marine ecosystems and resources have a key role in supporting food security sustainable livelihoods economic opportunity and social inclusion for billions of people Recognising this Blue Economy or the oceans aspects of the Rio 20 theme green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication has been identified by many as a priority issue for Rio 20 Around the world there are a number of innovative efforts underway to achieve a Blue Economy This event will involve a selection of key Blue Economy leaders showcasing their efforts to conserve and sustainably manage marine resources and defining key commitments and actions for the future Detailed programme This event will focus on the issue of Blue Economy that is the conservation and sustainable management of marine and coastal resources in support of sustainable development and poverty eradication The event will involve short presentations by five political leaders The event will be open to invitees from a range of States intergovernmental organisations and non government organisations The event will showcase key examples from around the world of leadership towards achieving a Blue Economy Speakers are yet to be confirmed but it is proposed to include high level political leaders Heads of State or Ministers as follows Indonesia presenting on the Coral Triangle Initiative Kiribati presenting on the Pacific Oceanscape Framework and other efforts such as the Phoenix Islands Protected Area The Bahamas presenting on the Caribbean Challenge The Seychelles presenting on the recently initiated Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge Australia presenting on its recently completed ecosystem based marine planning and marine protected

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  • Rio+20 : Going Carbon Negative: Why Carbo
    firm that develops carbon negative technologies Carbon War Room United States based NGO Introduction This side event will address the core Rio 20 theme of how to accelerate the green economy globally Hosted by The Green Economics Institute the event will examine the critical importance of developing and deploying carbon negative technologies reducing the net amount of CO2 in the atmosphere Green Economics as a pathway for green jobs and survivability underlies the ideas of this presentation and discussion session This event will examine the importance and potential of green economics and carbon negative technologies and other approaches to runnaway climate change Detailed programme Negative carbon technologies capture more carbon than they emit One example is provided by Global Thermostat GT a new company which Professors Chichilnisky and her Columbia University colleague Dr Peter Eisenberger noted physicist ex Bell Labs researcher and founding Director of the Columbia Earth Institute co founded in 2006 GTcreated carbon negative technology to capture carbon from the air transforming a fossil power plant into a net carbon sink for example a plant that emits 1 million tonsof CO2 annually becomes a 1 million ton sink using GT carbon capture technology The GT process uses residual heat in a power plant called process heat to cogenerate CO2 capture with electricity In this way the more electricity one produces the more carbon one reduces GT is not just for fossil fuel plants it works with any source of heat to capture carbon from air and can accelerate the transition to renewable power plants With GT cogeneration renewable power plants such as concentrated solar plants CSP become more profitable aslarger carbon sinks The captured CO2need not be buried it can be fed to algae to produce gasoline and clean water According to the International Energy Agency over 41

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