Select Rio+20 Events
ICTSD Events in Rio
15 June, RioCentro (Room T-3), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. GREEN ECONOMY AND TRADE: ASSESSING RISKS AND OPPORTUNITIES. Jointly organised by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and International Trade Centre (ITC). This event aims to inform the Rio+20 dialogue on trade and green economy by focusing on the trade opportunities associated with the transition to a green economy. A recent study completed by UNEP, ITC and ICTSD will be presented, mapping and analysing existing trade related opportunities for developing countries in the transition to a green economy. For more information, click here.
18 June, Rio Othon Palace Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. MULTI-STAKEHOLDER DIALOGUE ON TRADE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE CONTEXT OF A GREEN ECONOMY TRANSITION. Jointly organised by International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and International Trade Centre (ITC). This full-day dialogue will identify trade opportunities for developing countries in the context of the transition to a green economy. The event will draw policy lessons on development opportunities, poverty eradication and social equity based on concrete examples. For more information, click here.
19 June, Rio Othon Palace Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TRADE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SYMPOSIUM. Jointly organised by International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) and Centro Brasileiro de Relações Internacionais (CEBRI). This symposium aims to generate dynamic thinking, analysis, dialogue, and policy proposals for fostering strong multilateral regimes supportive of trade and sustainable development. This initiative flows directly from ICTSD's primary objective - to empower stakeholders in trade and sustainable development. For more information, click here.
Rio Unofficial Side Events
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11-12 June, Forte de Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (webcast available online). TEDxRIO+20. The goal of this installation of TED talks is to promote creative thinking about sustainable development. The theme is "human power", and its dual capacity to either destroy or construct the world around us. For more information, click here.
11-15 June, Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. FORUM ON SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. Jointly organised by International Council for Science, in partnership with UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO), International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. The forum aims to facilitate interdisciplinary scientific discussions and dialogue between scientists, policymakers, Major Groups and other stakeholders. Key conclusions from the forum will be reported to the Rio+20 conference. More information can be found here.
13-22 June, Athlete's Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. RIO CONVENTIONS PAVILION. Jointly organised by the Secretariats of the three Rio Conventions, UN bodies, non-governmental organisations and national governments. The Rio Conventions Pavilion is a platform for raising awareness and sharing information about the latest scientific findings and practices on the benefits that can be realised through the implementation of the three Rio Conventions. There will be a focus on the common objective of the three Rio Conventions: supporting sustainable development and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, click here.
15-18 June, Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. RIO+20 CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY FORUM: INNOVATION AND COLLABORATION FOR THE FUTURE WE WANT. Organised by UN Global Compact. The forum's objective is to bring a greater scale and quality to corporate sustainability practices in the private sector by showcasing innovation, best practices, and collaboration. With over 2,000 expected participants, the forum will give businesses and investors an opportunity to meet with governments, local authorities, civil society and UN entities in over 60 highly-focused workshops and thematic sessions. For more information, click here.
15-23 June, Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PEOPLE'S SUMMIT FOR SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN DEFENCE OF THE COMMONS. Organised by the Brazilian Civil Society Facilitating Committee for the Rio+20. The organisers of this summit view Rio+20 initiatives as insufficient for dealing with the global environmental crisis, and has organised this summit to bring together civil society organisations, collectives and social movements to occupy the landfill at Flamengo in solidarity against the commoditisation of nature and in defence of the commons. Over nine days, apart from having a People's Permanent Assembly, the space will be opened up for organisations and social movements to showcase their experiences and projects. For more information, click here.
16 June, Rio Conventions Pavilion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. OCEANS DAY AT RIO+20. Organised by Global Ocean Forum. The Oceans Day at Rio+20 will bring together high-level representatives from governments, international organisations, nongovernmental organisations, industry, and the scientific community to achieve three objectives: to push for a strong oceans outcome at the Rio+20 negotiations; to showcase major initiatives to spur action on oceans, coasts, and small island developing states; and to highlight the opportunities and challenges in the implementation of the "oceans package" from the Rio+20 Conference. For more information, please click here.
16-17 June, Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. FAIR IDEAS: SHARING SOLUTIONS FOR A SUSTAINABLE PLANET. Organised by International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). This information-sharing event will bring together environmental researchers and practitioners to add important knowledge and experience to the official Rio+20 Conference. The event will address four themes: shaping sustainable development goals (SDGs); urbanisation that improves lives; business models for sustainability; and, transforming economic systems for people and planet. For more information, click here.
17 June, Cinépolis Lagoon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PREMIERE OF "PLANET RE-THINK' - A NEW DOCUMENTARY. Organised and produced by European Environment Agency (EEA), in partnership with UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The documentary focuses on how global economic growth is currently built around consuming more and the belief that 'Nature doesn't have a price'. The documentary calls for a fundamental rethinking of measurements of wealth beyond just gross domestic product (GDP), but to also include social and environmental costs. For more information, click here.
17-20 June, various locations, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. WORLD CONGRESS ON JUSTICE, GOVERNANCE AND LAW FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY. Organised by UN Environment Programme (UNEP). This high-level event will bring together Attorneys-General, Chief Prosecutors, Auditors-General, Chief Justices and Senior Judges from around the world to contribute to the outcome of Rio+20 by presenting their respective findings on the role and inter-linkages of law, justice and governance. It aims to foster a common vision and agreed principles among key stakeholders on how to transform discussions into action. It also aims to use law, justice and governance to promote sustainable development by informing the Rio+20 process, specifically through its outcome document. For more information, click here.
17-19 June, Athlete's Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. CLEAN REVOLUTION LEADERSHIP SUMMIT. Organised by The Climate Group. The three-day event aims to showcase success stories of the Clean Revolution - a major initiative by The Climate Group, UN and World Bank - and mobilise leadership to accelerate the transition to a global low-carbon economy. It will bring together leaders from government, business and finance to work towards scaling up clean technology, market innovation and governance. For more information, click here.
18 June, Ribalta Eventos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. FORESTS: THE HEART OF A GREEN ECONOMY. Organised by UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) and partners. The purpose of the full-day event is to highlight the role of forests and forest industries in building the green economy and fostering rural development at the resource base. Participants will learn more about how the forest sector can actively contribute to a more sustainable future, and how the private sector, non-governmental organisations and local governments each have an important role to play. For more information, click here.
18-19 June, various locations, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. UNCTAD SIDE EVENTS TO RIO+20. The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) will be holding three side events at various locations in Rio de Janeiro. Each event will focus on one of the following topics: biofuels, biodiversity, and the green economy. For more information, please click here.
19 June, Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. BUSINESS ACTION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (BASD) DAY. Jointly organised by UN Global Compact, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). This is the official UN Major Group Business & Industry event. It will be a platform for interaction between business leaders and policymakers around the theme: "Achieving Scale". It will identify key actions and catalysts that drive scale. For more information, click here.
19 June, Athlete's Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. WORLD SUMMIT OF STATES AND REGIONS 2012. Jointly organised by the Government of Rio de Janeiro, Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD), The Climate Group and Regions-United/FOGAR. This event will bring together sub-national governments - i.e. governments of Federated States, Regions, and Provinces - around the world that are committed to sustainable development. The World Summit will launch a declaration of commitments from sub-national governments for the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, under which signatories will commit to specific targets and initiatives. For more information, click here.
19 June, RioCentro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. GLOBAL BIOENERGY PARTNERSHIP: SECOND WORKING GROUP ON CAPACITY BUILDING. Organised by the Global Bioenergy Partnership Secretariat. The working group meeting will bring together 23 countries and 13 international organisations and institutions, including major UN bodies, and a further 22 countries and 11 international organisations and institutions participating as observers. The focus is on raising awareness, sharing experience, and building capacity on bioenergy use. For more information, click here.
20 June, Athlete's Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. WORLD GREEN SUMMIT. Jointly organised by World Climate Ltd (WCL) and Climate Action. The World Green Summit (WGS) is a new annual high-level forum committed to progressing sustainable development and the green economy by engaging business, finance, government and other leaders to find solutions for industries, cities, regions and nations. The ‘invitation-only' event is strictly limited to 600 delegates and requires pre-registration. For more information, click here.
Official Rio+20 Side Events
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RIO DIALOGUES PUBLIC VOTE. The ten most supported recommendations that emerged from the first phase of the Rio Dialogues are now available to the general public for voting. These recommendations will be ranked by the support they receive inside the platform and by the votes received on the public site, and be presented accordingly to the Panelists in the Sustainable Development Dialogues the Rio+20 Conference. To vote, or to find out more, please click here.
13 June, RioCentro (Room T-3), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. CERTIFICATION AS A TOOL FOR GREENING ECONOMIES. Organised by the Forest Stewardship Council. This event will address the importance of forest certification as a contribution to Green Economy, particularly in tropical countries. It will also elaborate on what governments and public authorities can do to promote the use of certified forest products. For more information, click here.
13 June, RioCentro (Room T-6), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. GREEN INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGIES: PRACTICAL SOLUTIONS. Organised by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), in partnership with International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Global Institute for Water Environment and Health (GIWEH). This side event will address how policies can be structured to incentivise innovation and support the transfer, adaptation and dissemination of green technologies. It will discuss strategies for linking the various aspects of green technology, such as intellectual property, know-how, procedures, goods and services, and equipment as well as organisational and managerial skills. There will be a particular focus on the energy-water nexus in green technology. For more information, click here.
13 June, RioCentro (Room P3-A), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. FORESTS IN A GLOBAL BIOECONOMY REQUIRES WISE GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT. Organised by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, in partnership with Swedish Forestry Agency. Sweden is a leading forestry country: with less than 1 percent of the forested area in the world, Sweden accounts for 5 percent of the harvest globally, and 10 percent of the global trade in forest products. At this event, the speakers from Sweden will share lessons from the successful Swedish model of sustainable forestry management. It will also address two other issues: climate change mitigation and the knowledge-based bioeconomy. For more information, click here.
13 June, RioCentro (Room P3-6), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ROLE OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs) IN THE POST-2015 FRAMEWORK. Organised by International Movement ATD Fourth World, in partnership with Government of Ireland, UN Millennium Campaign, United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS), and CIVICUS. The event will discuss the following issues: How can environmental, economic and social dimensions of development be integrated into a holistic sustainable development framework? How should the post-MDG framework be constructed? How can we shape mechanisms to be UN-led, and yet inclusive and participatory for developing countries? For more information, click here.
14 June, RioCentro (Room T-10), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. LEARNING FROM THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS (MDGs): SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALs (SDGs) WITHIN A TRANSFORMATIVE POST-2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA. Organised by Ibon International in partnership with United Nations Liaison Service (UN-NGLS). The event will gather experts from the UN System, member states and civil society to draw lessons from MDG implementation, examine the proposals for SDGs in the outcome document of Rio+20 in light of these lessons, and outline ideas for a transformative post-2015 development agenda. For more information, click here.
15 June, RioCentro (Room T-9), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. RESOURCE ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. Organised by the Chinese Society for Sustainable Development. The speakers at the event will focus on sustainable development and resource and environmental management in China. They will address the status, achievements, challenges, as well as technology innovations in this field. There will be perspectives from Brazil and developing countries as well. For more information, click here.
15 June, RioCentro (Room T-2), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. THE FUTURE WE WANT: BIODIVERSITY IN THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS (SDGs). Organised by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). This event will analyse the linkages between the long-term vision of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 - an "enabling framework for sustainable production and consumption" - and the long-term project of realising sustainable development targets. The speakers will elaborate on how biodiversity should be included in future institutional frameworks for sustainable development. For more information, click here.
15 June, RioCentro (Room T-10), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. USING MARKETS TO SUPPLY ECOSYSTEM SERVICES: HOW TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. Organised by the Forum for Reforms Entrepreneurship and Sustainability (FORES), in partnership with KTH Royal Institute of Technology. At this event, FORES will present the results of their report, ‘Using markets to supply ecosystem services: how to make it happen'. The discussion will be focused on the opportunities and challenges of using market-based measures to reverse the decline of supply of ecosystem services. For more information, please click here.
16 June, RioCentro (Room T-2), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. CHINA'S PROGRESS ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND EXPECTATIONS OF RIO+20. Organised by the National Development and Reform Commission of People's Republic of China and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of People's Republic of China. This event will showcase China's efforts, progress and challenges in practicing sustainable development over the past decade. The speakers will also address China's strategies for development and clarify the Chinese government's expectations and commitments for the Rio+20 Conference. For more information, click here.
17 June, RioCentro (Room T-8), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. CERTIFIED GREEN - THE ROLE AND IMPACTS OF CERTIFICATION IN THE GREEN ECONOMY. Organised by Equiterre, in partnership with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). This event has two objectives: to promote understanding of the impact of private voluntary sustainability standards on the rural poor; and to promote the adoption of policies that optimise this impact. Speakers will present governmental and non-governmental perspectives. For more information, click here.
18 June, RioCentro (Room T-6), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ISO INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS AND GREEN ECONOMY. Organised by International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (BNT). This event aims to promote dialogue about the importance of the ISO standards as a contribution to the green economy. It will showcase examples of how an international multi-stakeholder standards-setting system can achieve global agreement on the implementation of green economy issues. One such example is the ISO 26000 in 2010, which provides guidance on social responsibility across issues such as human rights, labour practices, the environment, and community involvement and development. For more information, please click here.
18 June, RioCentro (Room T-3), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. BUILDING A GLOBAL REGISTRY: GLOBAL GREENHOUSE GAS (GHG) REPORTING AND STANDARDS. Organised by the Innovation Centre for Energy and Transportation (iCET), in partnership with The Climate Registry (TCR), The Energy and Climate Registry (ECR, the Innovation Center for Energy and Transportation in China) and Brazilian GHG Protocol Program of GVces (Centre for Sustainability Studies from Getulio Vargas Foundation). This panel will discuss the programmes undertaken for organisational carbon footprint reporting in Brazil, China and North America, and their success to date. The event organisers believe that broadening the membership of their Global Registry Alliance supports capacity-building for GHG accounting - a key component of global emissions reduction. For more information, click here.
18 June, RioCentro (Room T-6), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PHASING OUT FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDIES: WHAT IS AT STAKE AND WHY NOW? Organised by Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC), Oil Change International, and Vasudha Foundation India. While 53 countries have taken international commitments to phase out fossil fuel subsidies since 2010, there has been little policy change in these countries to date. A panel of experts on fossil fuel subsidies will outline how much money has been spent on these subsidies, where key countries stand in terms of phasing out their subsidies, and what is needed put the commitments into practice. For more information, click here.
18 June, RioCentro (Room T-5) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Organised by The Earth Institute (Columbia University) and partners. This event examines the proposal for a "Green Power Fund" to leverage the existing carbon markets, on which the organisers say US$200 billion is traded annually, to fund "carbon negative" energy solutions in developing nations. The event organisers see this as an important step in engaging the global power sector in the sustainable development institutional framework. For more information, click here.
19 June, RioCentro (Room T-8), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. BUSINESS TAKING THE LEAD: MEETING THE CHALLENGE OF SUSTAINABLE ENERGY. Organised by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy, in partnership with International Council for Sustainable Energy (ICSE) and other organisations. This panel of private sector executives from the clean technology industry will discuss the enabling and investment environment that is needed to deploy clean energy solutions at a scale large enough to fight energy poverty, grow economies and reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. For more information, please click here.
19 June, RioCentro (Room P3-B), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. PUTTING THE GREEN ECONOMY ROADMAP INTO PRACTICE. Organised by the Government of Switzerland, in partnership with UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Switzerland has proposed an international Green Economy Roadmap as an outcome of the Rio+20 Conference. The event will illustrate how developed and developing countries can benefit from Green Economy. In three parts, it will share success stories in the implementation of Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP); provide lessons in technology transfer through the longstanding collaboration of Switzerland with UNIDO and UNEP in establishing a network of Cleaner Production Centres in developing countries; and lastly, address the issue of sustainable agriculture and the necessity of land tenure rights. For more information, click here.
20 June, RioCentro (Room T-6), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. THE TRADE DIMENSION IN THE FOLLOW-UP TO THE RIO+20 SUMMIT. Organised by UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The event aims to showcase UNCTAD's analytical work regarding the trade and development dimensions of a green economy, such as the suspicions of green protectionism. It will showcase its technical assistance and consensus building mechanisms, both of which are aimed at a robust follow-up to the Rio+20 outcomes. The event will also discuss the establishment of a Global Forum on Green Economy and Trade. For more information, click here.
21 June, RioCentro (Room T-1), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ENGAGING THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT. Organised by the Government of Denmark, in partnership with the Government of Korea and the Government of Mexico. The event will outline sustainable development challenges and discuss how innovative public-private partnerships can contribute to the scaling up the most promising technologies and solutions in areas such as energy, water and food, and create a more sustainable global market. This session will convene heads of state and government, CEOs, NGOs and academia to focus on critical post Rio+20 and G20 implementation challenges. For more information, please click here.