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economy_different source of energy with a sky backgroundTAR/UNEP E-Learning Course: Introduction to a Green Economy Concepts and Applications
online | 14 May – 22 June 2012 

Main Organizer: UNITAR / Partner: UNEP

“Green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication” will be one of the main themes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), June 2012. In order to provide interested stakeholders from government, business, civil society and academia with an introduction to the green economy concept, UNITAR and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) are offering an interactive e-learning course. Participants will learn about different concepts and facets of the green economy, as well as global, national and sector-specific challenges and opportunities to advance low-carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive development. Additionally, participants will begin to develop basic skills for applying the green economy concept in a real world economic, policy and/or personal context. More

My Green Dream logoMy Green Dream Exhibition
Riocentro |13 – 22 June 2012

Main Organizer: UNITAR CIFAL Network

Green Dreams CampaignThe Green Dreams campaign aims to activate youth worldwide to collect citizen feedback by training them to be ‘dream-catchers’ and map the priorities of urban citizens into 14 categories. ‘Dreams’ lasting up to 1 minute are recorded using cameras or smart phones and uploaded on a YouTube Channel and website.These dreams are presented to local decision makers encouraging them to take action for more local green growth. The campaign will premiere at Rio Centro for the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, with a live exhibition of selected Green Dreams for all to see.  More 

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The GHS and the Global Partnership: a Success Story from Rio to Rio: Achievements, Lessons Learned and Future Directions
EU Pavilion, Rio de Janeiro | 14 June 2012 | 13:00-15:00

Main Organizer: UNITAR / Partners: ILO, OECD

The WSSD Global Partnership for Capacity Building to Implement the GHS was launched 10 years ago at the WSSD in Johannesburg, following the call at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit to develop an internationally comprehensible chemical classification and labeling system: the GHS. With the first version of the GHS adopted in December 2002 by the UN Sub-Committee of Experts on the GHS and now 10 years of successful collaboration regarding capacity building for implementation, the GHS can truly be considered one of the success stories “from Rio to Rio’’. More

People debating_world backgroundEnvironmental Governance and Social Inclusion
US Center, Athletes’ Park, Rio de Janeiro |16 June 2012 | 14:00-15:30

Main Organizer: US EPA

This side-event will highlight lessons learned and recent innovations in environmental governance both in the United States and around the world. A workshop format enables an interactive stakeholder discussion on key components such as access to information, law reform, implementation mechanisms, and robust enforcement systems.  Moreover, the tech community will be engaged to help develop ways to use new technologies to share information instantly and promote transparency.  The side-event is organized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the United States in collaboration with several international partners, including UNITAR. Through the side-event the EPA aims to engage experts from NGOs, the private sector, and Governments in the development of a public-private partnership to enhance coordination and collaboration for strengthening environmental governance.

BiodiverCITY: How to Take Biodiversity into Account in Urban Management?
Athletes' Park, Tenda CNO, Sala CNO4 | 16 June 2012 | 14:00 – 17:30

Main Organizers: Brazilian Ministry of Environment,Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (UTFPR) / Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), Federation of Industries of Parana State (FIEP)/ SESI (Servicio Social da Indústria), UNU-IAS (UN University), UNITAR - CIFAL Curitiba

rainbow-greensThis seminar will present a methodology for biodiversity conservation based on “the Guidelines for Local Biodiversity Strategies and Actions Plans (LBSAP)” developed by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), ICLEI and UNU-IAS.
Paticipants will be involved in mock negotiations to reach consensus on common solutions for managing the local biomes based on a given area formed by four cities and in a border of two state governments. This exercise aims to create a dialogue platform to manage biodiversity conservation and simultaneously solve environmental challenges that affect the quality of life of the population within the defined region.

microphonesNational Learning and Skills Strategies to Advance a Green and Climate ResilientTransition
Riocentro, Room P3-A | 16 June 2012 | 15:30 – 17:00

Main Organizer: UNITAR / Partners: Secretariat of High Level Panel on Global Sustainability, UN CC:Learn Partners

The side event will bring together decision makers to present and discuss national approaches to strengthen human resources and skills development to advance green, climate resilient and sustainable development. The discussion will focus on highlighting opportunities and challenges of fostering a strategic approach to learning and skills development, including sectoral learning strategies and strengthening of national learning institutions. The event is organized through collaboration between UNITAR, UN CC: Learn Partners, and the Global Sustainability Panel Secretariat. It is sponsored by the Government of Switzerland through its support of the 2011-2013 Pilot Implementation Phase of UN CC: Learn. More

green buildings The Society Case for Sustainability: Cities - Private Sector Dialogue on Social Responsibility
Windsor Barra Hotel, Rio de Janeiro | 18 June 2012 | 09:00 - 10:30

Main Organizer: UNITAR
Panel within the Corporate and Social Responsibility Forum (UN Global Compact)

Cities cover approximately 12% of the planet’s surface and consume 85% of the natural resources. Cities require a concentration of food, water, energy and materials that nature cannot provide limitlessly. As cities become the predominant human habitat, urban development needs to undergo a profound paradigm shift. The objectives of this event are to highlight innovative approaches and partnerships between cities and private sector. The event will present orientations that UNITAR together with some of its partners and its network of affiliated training centers will endeavour to implement. the event aims to provide contribution to the UN Global Compact Cities Programme, and to initiate a process of knowledge sharing and development among cities through the UNITAR affiliated international training centers for local actors (CIFAL network) More

walking in the streetsSustainable Cities Workshop
Fasano Hotel | 18 - 19 June 2012 | 13:00 – 17:00

Main Organizer: UNITAR / Partner: IBM

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) New York Office extends the Rio Preparation Forum series from New York to Rio to collaborate with International Business Machines (IBM) for two intensive workshops on sustainable cities during Rio+20. The workshops will include experts from the UN, including UNEP, UN- HABITAT, DESA, ITU, UNFPA as well as leaders from IBM, NGOs representing cities and regional development.
The workshops will be especially important for city leaders, regional planners, economic development professionals, finance administrators and national government leaders that are focused on ensuring the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of their urban centers. Also, other organizations focusing on population, the environment, and urban development will be welcome.

WRI 2012 RIO BannerChoosing Our Future: Open and Participatory Sustainable Development Governance
Fundação Getulio Vargas, Praia de Botafogo | 19 June 2012 | 08:30–18:00 |

Main Organizer: WRI / Partners: UNITAR, UNEP and others

The workshop will bring together representatives from Governments, civil society, the private sector and intergovernmental organizations to assess progress and advance proposals to move Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration into its next generation of reforms. Principle 10 addresses access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters. Within the framework of the workshop, UNITAR and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) are jointly organizing a working session in the afternoon entitled “Capacity Development to Strengthen Participatory Environmental Governance”. The session will discuss challenges and opportunities for strengthening national capacities for implementation of Principle 10 and the UNEP Guidelines for the Development of National Legislation for Access to Information, Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters. The format of the Session will be a moderated panel and include an interaction among panelists and session participants. More / Registration

The Future We Want, Green Dreams & ScenaRio 2012: A Global Vision for Tomorrow
Pier Mauá, CNI Exhibition Space | 19 June 2012 | 14:00–18:00

Partners: National Confederation of Industry (CNI) , ScenaRio2012, Future We Want Campaign (UNDESA), Federation of Industries of Parana State (FIEP), UNITAR - CIFAL Curitiba

Within the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation’s (FINEP) and the National Confederation of Industry’s (CNI) exhibition on “Innovation for Sustainable Development” at Mauá Piers, this seminar will focus on the linkages between social media as a means to map local citizen priorities on urban services and challenges. The seminar will feature three successful global campaign initiatives (ScenaRio 2012, The Future We Want and Green Dreams) created to research, map ideas, aspirations and the local priorities of communities globally on urban renewal, sustainable development, and the future of our planet.
The campaigns will be presenting their results, as well as future plans for scale-up and how these mass outreach tools can also help key private and public decision-makers strengthen partnerships with communities and increase effectiveness of local development plans and investments in urban renewal. More

ScenaRio 2012: 30,000 Young Voices for a Sustainable Future
RioCentro, Room T-8 |20 June 2012 | 9:00-10:30

Main Organizers: Nomadéis, Fondapol, Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Veolia Environnement, UNITAR

The side event will unveil the outcomes of the ScenaRio 2012 survey, launched by Nomadéis and Fondapol. This unique initiative, supported by the United Nations and a platform of institutional and private partners, enabled 30,000 young citizens from 30 countries and 100 personalities to express and exchange their perspectives on the multitude of issues linking the environment, development and governance. The final goal of ScenaRio 2012 is to explore the differences of perceptions of sustainable development between regions of the world and generations through a wide participatory process to fuel the debates held during the Rio+20 Conference. More

Parallel Event on the Eye on Earth Special Initiative “Access for All” (A4A)highway for the world
Athletes’ Park, UNEP Pavilion | 21 June 2012 | 11:00-12:00

Main Organizer: UNEP / Partners: UNITAR and other A4A Partners

The event will present the Eye on Earth Special Initiative “Access for All (A4A)” that aims at supporting the development of adequate institutional and legislative enabling conditions for furthering the implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration. Principle 10 addresses access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters. The A4A Initiative particularly focuses on access to environmental and societal data and information for decision-making. The event will bring together representatives of government delegations, donor community, Eye on Earth stakeholders and partners, scientific and technical institutions, environmental organizations, media, and interested stakeholders, among others. The event is organized by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with A4A partners, including UNITAR.

UN Multi-stakeholder Strategies for Scaling-up and Mainstreaming Sustainabledifferent hands combining matching pieces of a puzzle Development
Riocentro, Room T-6 | 21 June 2012 | 9:00–10:30

Main Organizer: UNICEF / Partners: as mentioned below

A wide range of sustainable development strategies have emerged, led by international and national organizations as well as civil society.  However, while these practices have contributed to fostering democratic governance, creating jobs, developing more resilient communities and more competitive productive practices, they often retain a status of “good examples”. This side-event calls for new concerted efforts to implement, in partnership between various sectors, transformational strategies for sustainable development. It highlights multi-stakeholder partnerships and strategies in areas such as urban planning, education, disaster risk reduction, innovation, research, etc. The event is organized by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the UN University (UNU), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and UNITAR. More

What Happens on Monday?

T2 - RioCentro | 22 June 2012 | 13:00–17:00

In order to create a space to discuss how the outcomes and commitments made in Rio can be implemented, the Stakeholder Forum, in collaboration with several international partners including UNITAR, convenes a Conference entitled “What Happens on Monday?” The Conference will take place on the final day of the Rio+20 Summit, 22 June and will bring together a diverse range of governmental and non-governmental stakeholders alike to build capacity and expertise on how to develop a post-Rio+20 work plan of implementation. Learning from examples of successful implementation strategies and sharing plans for future efforts will be a focus of the conference; as well as connecting those stakeholders who are doing the implementation work with funders that are looking to support such initiatives. Projects and initiatives presented at the Conference will cover the following key areas: cities, oceans, green jobs and skills, freshwater, and energy. More

arrows around the globeAfter UN CSD: Are we on Track for a 21st Century Social Contract?  A High-Level Panel Reflecting on the Outcomes of the Rio +20 Conference
VIVO Rio (next to Museu de Arte Modern) | 23 June 2012 | 10:00–12:00

Main Organizers: UNITAR, Ethos Institute

Social Contract Event teaserThe UN Institute for Training and Research, and the Ethos Institute, one of the global CSR drivers with more than 1300 member companies, are organizing, with the support of the Government of Brazil, a High-Level Panel “After UN CSD: Are we on track for a 21st Century Social Contract?” on 23 June, at 10.00am, in VIVO Rio (next to Museu de Arte Modern), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event is open to the public, and no registration is required. Among the speakers of this High-Level Panel are Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Prof. Ignacy Sachs, the author of ecodevelopment and Honorary Professor at EHESS, Ambassador André Correa do Lago, Chief Negotiator of the Brazilian Delegation at Rio+20 and Executive Directors of UNEP and UNITAR Achim Steiner and Carlos Lopes.

After the closing of UN CSD, the High-Level Panel will provide an opportunity for reviewing the outcomes of the conference, and for discussing a Social Contract for the new century.

2012, the year of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, marks also the tercentenary of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s birth and the 250th anniversary of his seminal book on the Social Contract. Time has passed, but Rousseau’s ideas and those of other philosophers concerned with the question how to protect individual liberties, while achieving the common good and collective justice are as relevant as ever, as the world is struggling to revitalize the imperative of sustainable development in Rio.

Other events UNITAR is participating in:

Speed-Brokering for Partnerships
Riocentro, Pavilion T, Room T3  | 21 June 2012 | 15:00 - 18:00
Main Organizers: REEEP, UN DESA

This dynamic session will provide a unique opportunity for speed networking for 72 senior-level participants. The session will focus on three thematic clusters: energy, sustainable cities, and water. Financiers, governments, international organizations, major groups representatives, and key leaders will be able to forge strategic contacts with sustainable development partnerships and other stakeholders. Partnerships will be provided with potential avenues for scaling-up and replicating their initiatives. More

Panel Discussion on “How the UN Can Better Integrate Environment Within the Development Framework”
Rio Conventions Pavilion | 21 June 2012 | 15:15–17:45
Main Organizer: CBD Secretariat

UNCSD Roundtable “Looking at the way forward in implementing the expected outcomes of the Conference”
22 June 2012 | 10:00–13:00

Partnership The Future we want_logoContribution to High Level Partnership Forum by the UNITAR/ILO/OECD GHS Partnership: "Partnerships Contributing to the Future We Want"
Riocentro | 22 June 2012 | 10:00–13:00

Main Organizer: UN DESA / Partners: ILO, OECD

This session will offer the opportunity for a forward-looking reflection, concrete guidance, and visionary perspectives on how partnerships can be best positioned to facilitate and expedite the implementation of agreements at Rio+20 as well as contribute to the post-2015 development agenda. Key figures in the development sphere will provide their vision on the future followed by an interactive session between panellists and participants/partnerships which will allow for sharing experiences, best practices and tangible guidance to better enable partnerships to serve as a catalyst to materialize sustainable development for the future global agenda. More

Preparatory events prior to Rio+20