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21 Jun 2012 - An Arrey Ivo film on Women Issues

Women talk about the issues concerning them and how policy makers should see them

21 Jun 2012 - An Arrey Ivo film on Women Issues 2

Many times women feel excluded in decisons affecting their wellbeing. This video reveals women issues from the perspective of women themselves.

21 Jun 2012 - Exploring Climate Leadership - LEAD workshop

Join us in Rio on Thursday 21 June as we take you on a facilitated leadership journey with a diverse group of climate leaders.

LEAD is a global organisation dedicated to inspiring leadership and change for a sustainable world. Watch this short video to find out more about us!

21 Jun 2012 - Rio+20: Development banks to invest $175 billion in sustainable transport

The eight largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) announced today at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) that they will invest $175 billion in sustainable transportation systems over the coming decade.

21 Jun 2012 - Rio+20: Ban announces more than 100 commitments on sustainable energy

Speaking at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that more than one hundred commitments and actions have been already mobilized in support of the UN’s global sustainable energy initiative.

21 Jun 2012 - Rio+20: after dialogues, citizens to make recommendations on Rio+20 issues

World leaders will today hear recommendations made by members of civil society during a series of dialogues held at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

21 Jun 2012 - Rio+20: UN agencies say tackling child hunger crucial to achieving ‘the future we want’

United Nations agencies today stressed the need to tackle child hunger and undernutrition in the pursuit of sustainable development, highlighting a joint initiative that offers practical and effective approaches to combat this problem in the most affected countries.

21 Jun 2012 - UN Multi-stakeholder Strategies for Scaling-up and Mainstreaming Sustainable Development

In order to achieve a green economy, green society, and a world fit for children, a radical transformation in our policies, technologies, patterns of production and consumption, and our foci of innovation is required. A wide range of sustainable development strategies have emerged, led by UN agencies, international and national organizations as well as civil society. These practices have demonstrated their potential to engage and empower even the most vulnerable and marginalized communities equipping them with values, skills and knowledge to thrive and contribute towards a green society. Yet, while there is evident success of these transformative practices, they often retain a status of “good examples” and are seldom up-scaled and mainstreamed to become a core strategy for a green economy.

This event, organized by the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Programme at UNU-IAS in partnership with UNICEF, UNDP and UNESCO, will explore multi-stakeholder partnerships and strategies that enable the implementation and concretization of sustainable development in areas such as urban planning, education, disaster risk reduction, innovation, research and more. It will also show that, in order to upscale sustainability practices at all levels, new and innovative forms of education and capacity development are required. The ESD Programme at UNU-IAS will place a particular emphasis on the ways in which its initiatives have created more effective information and knowledge generation and sharing on sustainable development, as well as showcasing case studies on learning as a transformative tool towards sustainability.


How can the public sector contribute in shaping a green economy?

Sweden is one of the leading countries on Sustainable public procurement and will present its successful concept.
UNOPs Executive director Jan Mattsson will present their experience on sustainable procurement which include collaboration with UNEP to develop training material and conducting training on sustainable procurement, and field projects in several countries

21 Jun 2012 - OFID commits US$ 1 billion to address Energy Poverty Alleviation

The Ministerial Council of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), meeting in its 33rd Annual Session, on June 14th in Austria, issued a Ministerial Declaration which states that OFID is committing a minimum of US$1 billion to financing the Energy for the Poor Initiative, further augmenting OFID’s contribution to battling energy poverty. The Ministerial Council is OFID’s highest policy-making body.

20 Jun 2012 - Rio+20 negotiations: Huge disappointment if current text is approved, CIDSE says

Negotiations on the final declaration of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development are drawing to a close, with some observers reporting that a final text is ready for heads of state and government to rubberstamp. The international alliance of Catholic development agencies CIDSE denounces the current text, which fails to do what the world urgently needs for a more sustainable and just future.

20 Jun 2012 - Going beyond GDP, UNDP proposes human development measure of sustainability

In a high-level forum at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development today UNDP presented the conceptual groundwork for a future “Sustainable Human Development Index,” which would recognize the cost of human development to future generations.

20 Jun 2012 - Rio+20: At downtown gathering, citizens voice concerns at People’s Summit

Thousands of citizens and members of civil society organizations from around the world have been gathering in downtown Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to voice their concerns on the issues being discussed at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).
One of the gatherings, running in parallel to the official Rio+20 meeting, is the so-called People’s Summit, which has attracted environmentalists, unions, and indigenous tribes, among other groups, with the aim of making their voices heard.

20 Jun 2012 - Rio+20: UN Conference on Sustainable Development kicks off with call to action

More than 100 Heads of State and government today gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the start of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which seeks to shape new policies to promote global prosperity, reduce poverty and advance social equity and environmental protection.

20 Jun 2012 - Rio+20: countries announce agreement on Conference’s outcome document

Members States today announced that they have reached an agreement on the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20).

20 Jun 2012 - Rio+20 Feature: Seven Issues, Seven Experts – Cities

World leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other groups will come together from 20-22 June in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to take part in the UN Sustainable Development Conference (Rio+20).

20 Jun 2012 - Harmony with Nature website launched!

On the occasion of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 20-23 June 2012 and, as mandated by General Assembly Resolutions A/RES/65/164 and A/RES/66/204, Harmony with Nature has now a dedicated web page at the following address:

20 Jun 2012 - Indigenous views on new draft text of Rio +20 document

After the last prep com for Rio+20, Brazil presented a new draft for the outcome document. During the next few days, the text will be discussed further through informal consultations and dialogues. The draft has both positive and negative news for indigenous peoples.

20 Jun 2012 - Final draft of Rio document

June 19 2012 (Rio de Janeiro) -Today, Mexico presented its latest version of the text, which is supposed to be the final text for negotiations under the high level segment. Here follows IWGIA’s update on the challenges and achievements in the document with regards to indigenous peoples

The current paradigm to perpetuate economic growth, which has always been criticized by indigenous peoples, is sadly still the underlying principle of the Rio+20 document.

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