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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

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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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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.

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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)
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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
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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

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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
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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.
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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]
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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
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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

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Useful websites

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

http://www.earthsummit2012.org/

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

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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?
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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?
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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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