Rio+20 outcome and Migration: Including all stakeholders in the future we want

Type:

Seminar

Date:

22 Aug - 22 Aug 2012

Duration of event:

0.5 day

Location:

New York, United States

Programme area:

Environment, Migration

Fee:

No fee

Event focal point email:

Event focal point Contact Number:

212-963-9196

Other events details:

Public – by registration   Face-to-Face    English   open to register/apply   How to register

The registration is closed
Deadline for registration: 20 August 2012

Background

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which took place in Rio de Janeiro-Brazil from 20 to 22 June 2012, provided a crucial opportunity for the world to move the sustainable agenda forward.The conference, attracting global leaders, development experts, bankers, academics and activists, observed the 20th anniversary of the Earth Summit of 1992, and focused inter alia on challenges of fostering sustainable development, including its economic, environmental and social synergies as well as a green economy and eradication of poverty agenda. The Outcome of the Rio +20 Conference highlighted the need for “a common vision” to reach “the future we want”[1]. To this end, Rio+20 called for a renewed commitment to sustainable development for ensuring “the promotion of an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable future for our planet and for present and future generations”.
 
Therefore, an important element of Rio+20 is the commitment for an inclusive sustainable development, requiring the meaningful involvement of all levels of decision-making: international, national, regional and local, and with all organizations, groups and stakeholders including those who often are marginalized and vulnerable like migrants. Further, the common vision seeks to promote policies and programmes to protect human rights and freedoms of all people, regardless of their migration status, to bring about a future for sustainable development that we all want.[2] 
  
In view of the significance for achieving the Future We Want, the half day workshop will examine the challenges that migrants face from economic, social and environmental perspectives. In this sense, it will cover the potentialities of green economy and inclusive growth and the impact on migrants. The workshop will take into account the economic and social challenges that migrants face to move out of poverty and to find economic security while at the same time hoping to avoid environmental vulnerabilities.

[1] GA A/66/L.56 (24 July 2012) Distr.: Limited 12-43688. Sixty-sixth session. Agenda item 19, Sustainable development. Draft resolution submitted by the President of the General Assembly: The future we want.
 
[2]Id. para. 157.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the contextual analysis of Rio+20 Conference outcome document and oversee the challenges and opportunities facing migrants especially from economic, social and environmental perspectives.
  • Acknowledge all major group and stakeholders within the context of Rio+20 Conference and discuss an inclusive approach to promote sustainable development goals and to find next steps for actual procedures for migrants.
  • Address the synergies between Green economy and eradication of poverty from an environmental perspective. Specifically discuss how migrants can move out of poverty, find jobs and protect the environment.

Methodology

The seminar will feature expert presentations followed by an interactive discussion.

Targeted Audience

This seminar is designed for the members of Permanent Missions. UN staff and interested representatives of non-governmental organizations, academia and the private sector are also welcome to attend. Applicants are requested to regard their registration as a firm commitment.

Additional Information

The workshop will be held at the United Nations Headquarters, Conference Room 6 (NLB) in New York, Wednesday, 22 August from 2:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

In order to participate, please register online at http://www.unitar.org/event/new-york

If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact UNITAR New York office at: nyo@unitar.org; Phone: (212) 963-9196; Fax: (212) 963-9686.