• Lead-organizer: Division for Sustainable Development (UNDESA)
  • 15:30 - 17:00
  • Date: 17 Jun 2012
  • Room: P3-1

Launch of report

Organizing partners

Euroepan Commission - DG environment (to be confirmed)


The side event will present the SD21 project?s synthesis report for policy makers. The report draws upon a series of studies carried out under the project, in addition to recent major assessments. The SD21 studies approach sustainable development from various perspectives: (a) expert assessment of the progress made since 1992, including a review of Agenda 21 and the Rio principles; (b) critical analysis of global scenario exercises since 1992; (c) future vision of sustainable development, as suggested by ecological economics, compared to the ?green economy? and ?business-as-usual? views; (d) sectoral perspectives on challenges and potential ways forward. The project also includes a scenario component which analyzes sustainable development options based on the most recent scenarios prepared by key institutions for Rio+20.

Detailed programme

The side event will be structured in the form of an interactive panel discussion which will include the lead authors of several of the project?s main studies.


Introduction: Sustainable development in the 21st century: Representative of the European Commission ? DG Environment
Objectives of the SD 21 project: Representative of the UN Division for Sustainable Development
Interactive panel discussion.
Felix Dodds, Executive Director, Stakeholder Forum
Daniele Giovannucci, Chair, Committee on Sustainability Development in Agriculture (COSA)
Kaarin Taipale, Aalto University, former Chair, ICLEI.
Mark Howells, Professor and Head of Division: Energy Systems Analysis, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.
Robert Costanza, University Professor of Sustainability and Director, Institute for Sustainable Solutions, Portland State University
Ephraim Nkonya, Team, Natural Resources Management, IFPRI
Question and answers
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