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2012: A Year of Opportunities. The 2012 Rio Conference on Sustainable Development. What is this presentation about? I- Rio 2012: yet another conference? a) Green Economy b) Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development II -From Rio to Jeju III – Questions for discussion.

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2012 a year of opportunities

2012: A Year of Opportunities

The 2012 Rio Conference on Sustainable Development


2012 a year of opportunities

  • What is this presentation about?

    • I- Rio 2012: yet another conference?

    • a) Green Economy

    • b) Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development

    • II -From Rio to Jeju

    • III – Questions for discussion


2012 a year of opportunities

  • What are the objectives of the Rio 2012?

    As per the UN General Assembly Resolution adopted in 2009; the objectives of Rio 2012 are:

    (i) renew political commitment for sustainable development;

    (ii) assess progress and identify gaps in the implementation; and

    (iii)address new and emerging challenges.


2012 a year of opportunities

  • What are the themes of Rio 2012?

  • In the course of the preparatory meetings, these have been shaped as to being the themes of Rio 2012:

  • Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication;

  • The institutional framework for sustainable development

  • Emerging policy issues (e.g. water, energy)


2012 a year of opportunities

  • Theme 1 – What is the Green Economy?

    • Reluctance from developing countries as could include trade barriers

    • Other concepts or reference: “Green Growth”; “Sustainable Growth”, “Blue Economy”, etc.

    • Consensus among countries:

      • Green Economy means different things in different countries (not one-size-fit all model)

      • Green Economy does NOT replace sustainable development but it is a vehicle to achieve sustainable development


2012 a year of opportunities

Theme 1 - Possible role for IUCN in the Green Economy

Message from IUCN:

« Natureat the core of Green Economy and

Sustainable Development»

- Current preparatory discussions concentrate heavily on low-carbon economy

- IUCN uniquely positioned to highlight the importance of biodiversity and ecosystem services for poverty reduction and equitable sharing of benefits


2012 a year of opportunities

  • Theme 1 - IUCN draft position

  • (under consultation)

  • Defining/scoping Green Economy:

  • - It means greening the economic pillar/strand to achieve sustainable development

  • The recognition of the link between human-wellbeing and biodiversity is imperative

  • Equity is a corner stone of green economy

  • Building resilience: investment in green infrastructures ensuring water, energy and food security

  • Mainstreaming ecosystem values: call governments to take Target 2 and 3 of the Biodiversity Strategic Plan seriously


2012 a year of opportunities

  • Theme 2 - Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development

  • On International Environmental Governance: long negotiation led by UNEP

  • Options to be considered for Rio 2012:

    • - Enhancing UNEP

    • - Creating a new environmental organization

    • - Mainstreaming environment in other organizations

  • Other governance-related initiatives/ideas:

    • Clustering MEAs

    • Strengthening interagency arrangements like EMG

    • IPBES

    • Etc.


  • 2012 a year of opportunities

    • Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

    • Established by UN General Assembly in December 2010 asking UNEP « to operationalize… »

    • Multidisciplinary science-policy panel to bring relevant science to MEAs, MDGs and other policy processes in relation to biodiversity and ecosyst. serv.

    • First plenary meeting: October 2011

    • Hosted by UNEP, UNESCO, and may be others UNDP and FAO

    • IUCN is actively participating in negotiations on IPBES governance to, among other, include civil society representation

    • For comments questions on IPBES, please contact:

    • [email protected]


    2012 a year of opportunities

    • Theme 2 - Possible role for IUCN in the governance discussion

    • Message from IUCN:

    • «a governance model that promotes transparency, public participation in decision making, a rights-based approach to conservation is imperative to achieve sustainable development»

    • IUCN uniquely positioned to make the case that global governance must support local governance models that promote sustainable livelihoods

    • The message will be passed on showcasing IUCN’s work on good governance


    2012 a year of opportunities

    From Rio to Jeju

    2011 – Rio 2012 in the RCFs agendas

    2012 Timing:

    4-6 June

    6-15 September

    February

    March

    October

    December

    UNEP GC

    World Water

    Forum

    Congress

    Rio 2012

    CBD COP11

    UNFCCC

    COP17


    2012 a year of opportunities

    • Useful websites

      www.un.org/esa/dsd/rio20/

      http://www.earthsummit2012.org/

      http://www.iucn.org/knowledge/news/events/iucn_rio_20/


    2012 a year of opportunities

    • Questions for discussion: Green Economy

    • What are IUCN’s views on the Green Economy?

    • What are the projects your institution/organization/body is implementing or has implemented that could be the source of good practice and lessons learned on the Green Economy and Sustainable Development?


    2012 a year of opportunities

    • Questions for discussion: Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development

    • What are the main policy changes at local, national, regional and global level that need to occur to improve sustainable development governance?

    • What are the projects your institution/organization/body is implementing or has implemented that could be source of good practice and lessons learned?

    • How can IPBES contribute to environmental governance at all levels?


    2012 a year of opportunities

    • Questions for discussion: Emerging Issues and the World Conservation Congress

    • What are the emerging policy issues that should also be addressed at the Rio 2012 Conference?

    • How can we take advantage of the fact that the 2012 World Conservation Congress will be held three months after the Rio 2012 Conference?


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