The Rio Preparation Forum - Technologies for Sustainable Development (A side event of the Second Intersessional Meeting for the Earth Summit 2012)

       
 
December 2011, New York, USA – What is the contribution of “green” technology to sustainable development? The UNITAR New York Office, in cooperation with the Digital Energy Solutions Campaign (DESC) and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) will hold a side event to the Second Intersessional Meeting of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development to discuss this timely and urgent question. On 16 December 2011, UNITAR NYO, DESC, and ICC are gathering a high-level interdisciplinary group of experts from the public and private sector to explore the possibilities of green technologies for sustainable development, spotlighting biotechnology and information and communication technologies. Speakers will include representatives from Brazil, the US State Department, Novozymes, Intel and IBM. They will focus on the challenges for implementing “green” technology to support economic development, social justice and environmental protection, as well as a green economy and poverty eradication.
 
Ms. Maria Teresa Mesquita Pessôa, Minister Plenipotentiary at the Permanent Mission of Brazil and member ex-officio of the Bureau for the Preparatory Process of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, will open the special event emphasizing the theme – the essential contribution of technologies for sustainable development. Subsequently, Mr. Larry Gumbiner,  Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science, US State Department, will discuss US Government preparatory planning for a gathering of global policy-makers, practitioners, and innovators on the use of ICT technologies to advance sustainable development solutions.
 
Mr. Flaming Voetman, Director, Head of Public Affairs & Media Relations, will present Novozymes’ contribution to sustainable development. Together with customers across a broad array of industries, Novozymes creates tomorrow’s industrial bio-solutions, improving its customers' business and the use of our planet's resources. Mr. Stephen Harper, Global Director, Environment and Energy Policy, Intel Corporation, will discuss actions and policies to drive green economies through information communication technology (ICT)-enabled solutions. Finally, Mr. Daniel Post will speak on IBM’s Global Business’ Sustainable Cities, a project on how deploying sustainable technologies can make our cities smarter – better places to live, better places to work, better places to drive innovation.
 
Mr. Rick Goss, Vice President, Environment and Sustainability, Information Technology Industry Council, and Ms. Yvonne Lodico, Head of the UNITAR New York Office will co-chair the event.
 
The special event will take place on 16 December 2011 from 1:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in Conference Room 7 at United Nations Headquarters (NLB), New York. Members of the Permanent Missions accredited to the United Nations in New York who wish to participate in this workshop are requested to register online at http://www.unitar.org/event/rio-preparation-forum-technologies-sustainable-development-side-event-second-intersessional-meeting

For additional queries regarding the special event, please contact Mr. Felix Haass at felix.haass@unitar.org, or Ms. Soukeyna Fall at falls@un.org.- Tel (212) 963-9196/3021.