Meeting

Event: A Catalyst for Change: Increasing Impact through Combining Environmental and Poverty Reduction Policies [viewed]

This side event to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) will showcase the integration of pro-poor and sound environmental management into national development plans and policies. High-level representatives from Bhutan, Rwanda and Uruguay will share their experiences on combining inclusive development with sustainable management of natural wealth. Participants will get to learn how these countries have been able to combine more inclusive development with sustainable management of natural wealth, through support from the joint UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UN Environment programme (UNEP) Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI).  

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Event: Mexico's Contribution to Sustainable Development [viewed]

This event will present Mexico's political commitment to sustainability and describe how the country has incorporated environmental issues into sectoral plans. The event is organized by the National Water Commission of Mexico (CONAGUA) in collaboration with additional Mexican ministries and foundations.  

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World Day to Combat Desertification Celebrated at Rio+20 [viewed]

17 June 2012: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is marking World Day to Combat Desertification, which is celebrated annually on 17 June, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, just a few days before the opening of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). 

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Event: Across the Regions: SIDS Solutions for Sustainable Development [viewed]

The Commonwealth Secretariat, in partnership with the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC), the Indian Ocean Commission (COI), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP), is organizing this high-level panel discussion on the sidelines of the UN Conference for Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The event aims to highlight the sustainable development concerns of small island developing States (SIDS). The event will also see the launch of a joint initiative to explore new ways to support climate resilient and low carbon economies, across the three sub-regions, through the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU).  

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Event: Law, Carbon Markets and Sustainable Rural Development: Perspectives and Practices from Latin America & the Caribbean [viewed]

This legal training workshop will be held during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and is being hosted by the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO), with support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The aim of the workshop is to build capacity and supportive networks for sustainable development across Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC). Participants will, inter alia, receive training on the international law framework for climate change and the green economy, and receive guidance on developing tailored legal strategies for their own jurisdictions. Successful participants will be invited to join two new E-Learning Courses in Spanish and a LAC Regional Network of Legal Experts for the Green Economy. All training activities will be conducted in Spanish.  

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Event: Renewable Energy for Sustainable Development [viewed]

This side event will be held during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and will focus on renewable energy for sustainable development, biogas, hydro-energy and biofuels. It will also include the launch of the International Center of Renewable Energy Biogas, in the framework of the Observatory for Renewable Energy for Latin America and the Caribbean. The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will also address the potentials of sustainable energy solutions in contributing to employment creation and poverty alleviation. The event is being organized by the Federations of Industries of São Paulo (SFIESP) and Rio de Janeiro (FIRJAN) states, UNIDO, Eletrobras, ITAIPU Binacional, Brazilian Ministry of Energy, Roberto Marinho Foundation, the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association (UNICA), and Rio City Hall.  

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Event: Do We Need a Green Industrial Policy? [viewed]

This side event will be held during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) and is being organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in cooperation with the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the World Bank, the German Development Institute, and the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade. It will focus on industrial policy for greening growth, and aims to identify policies that would help industry make the transition to a more environmentally friendly path, including by improving industrial energy efficiency. The event will also include a presentation of UNIDO's 2011 Industrial Development Report, titled “Industrial Energy Efficiency for Sustainable Wealth Creation.”  

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Event: The Impact of Shipping on Economic Development in High-Growth Markets – The Brazil Example [viewed]

This side event is being organized during the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) by A.P. Moller-Maersk Group. It will focus on the economic, social and environmental impacts of container shipping in enabling trade in high growth markets, building on the preliminary findings of an impact study done by Maersk and Copenhagen Economics.  

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UNCLOS Parties Celebrate 30th Anniversary of the Convention [viewed]

12 June 2012: The 22nd Meeting of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) concluded its annual session, addressing various agenda items, including the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Convention.

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Event: IRENA Global Atlas Event: Mapping the World's Renewable Energy Resources [viewed]

This side event is being organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The Global Atlas is an interactive internet-based mapping platform, designed to raise awareness on technology opportunities, limit the financial risk for countries willing to further investigate their technical potentials, and support companies willing to invest in a new market. Ministers and vice-ministers from Brazil, Denmark, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa and representatives from industry will provide their visions on the added-value of international cooperation on mapping the world's renewable energy resources. During the event, IRENA will sign a partnership agreement with the Latin American Energy Organization (OLADE), which will faciliate future joint activities in Latin America and the Caribbean.  

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