• Lead-organizer: United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
  • 09:00 - 10:30
  • Date: 20 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-8

ScenaRio 2012: 30,000 young voices for a sustainable future

Organizing partners

Lead organizer: UNITAR
UN partner agencies: the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the UN Global Compact, the UN Environment Programme, UN-Habitat and the UN Alliance of Civilizations;
Related Major Groups: the ScenaRio 2012 project is member of the UNCSD Major Group for Children and Youth;
Governments: the ScenaRio 2012 project is placed under the patronage of H.S.H. the Prince Albert II of Monaco and his Foundation;
Other partners: the UN Programme on Youth (in the framework of the International Year of Youth) and UNESCO (in the framework of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development).

All the partners of the ScenaRio 2012 project would be involved in organization of an on-site side event at RioCentro.


A unique initiative, ScenaRio 2012 will enable 30,000 young people and 100 personalities to share perspectives on the multiple issues linking the environment, development and governance.

The ScenaRio 2012 team is currently consulting the world youth through a quantitative study covering 30 countries (including developing and least developed countries). In each country, 1,000 young citizens aged 16-29 will be consulted, representing the main socioeconomic characteristics of the national youth.

In parallel, the ScenaRio 2012 team is also interviewing a panel of 100 personalities with a strong personal commitment towards sustainability issues. Specially created for the project, this panel includes opinion-makers from ten complementary spheres of influence (academia, business, culture, media, nonprofit, politics, spirituality, sports, UN and youth) and respects gender parity and geographic balance.

ScenaRio 2012 has the official support of six UN Agencies and is a member of the UNCSD Major Group for Children and Youth.

Detailed programme

In close coordination with the Executive Coordinator of Rio+20 - Brice Lalonde - ScenaRio 2012 aims 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 (

ScenaRio 2012 is officially supported by six UN agencies, has obtained two UN labels (the International Year of Youth and UNESCO?s Decade of Education for Sustainable Development) and is a member of the UNCSD Major Group for Children and Youth (its decision-making body). All UN partners would be involved in the organization of an on-site side event at RioCentro.

ScenaRio 2012 is also placed under the patronage of H.S.H. the Prince Albert II of Monaco and his Foundation.

We would like to seize the opportunity of the Rio+20 Conference to unveil the first outcomes of ScenaRio 2012. If we obtain a time slot for a side event during the Conference, potential speakers would include:
? Representatives of the 100 personalities ScenaRio 2012 panel (cf. list below);
? Representatives of the youth;
? Representatives of the UN partner agencies;
? 3 members of the ScenaRio 2012 team to facilitate the debates (Cédric Baecher, Nicolas Dutreix and Guillaume Rivière, who have all three been working on the project for one year and a half now).

The ScenaRio 2012 panel includes, among others:
? Michelle Bachelet (Chile), Executive Director of UN Women and former President of the Republic of Chile;
? Abdou Diouf (Senegal), Secretary-General of the International Organization of the Francophonie and former President of Senegal;
? Mary Robinson (Ireland), first woman President of Ireland and currently President of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice;
? Gro Brundtland (Norway), former Chair of the World Commission of Environment and Development (known as the Brundtland Commission) and former Prime Minister of Norway;
? Rajendra Kumar Pachauri (India), Chairman of the IPCC, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007;
? Arianna Huffington (USA), Founder and Editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post;
? Israel Klabin (Brazil), Founder of the Brazilian Foundation for Sustainable Development and former Mayor of Rio de Janeiro;
? Pavan Sukdhev (UK), lead author of UNEP?s ?Green Economy Report? while he was Special Adviser and Head of UNEP?s Green Economy Initiative
? Dominic Barton (Canada), Global Managing Director of McKinsey & Company;
? Marguerite Barankitse (Burundi), Founder of Maison Shalom and Laureate of the Chirac Foundation Prize for Conflict Prevention;
? Wang Shu (China), 2012 Pritzker Prize Laureate and 2007 Global Award for Sustainable Architecture Laureate;
? Julia Marton-Lefèvre (France), Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

The thematic focus of the side event would be directly drawn from the outcomes of the ScenaRio 2012 research. It would include quantitative and qualitative data and integrate the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development under the overarching theme of youth.

Potential contributions to the outcome of UNCSD/Rio+20 would be:
? Improved knowledge and understanding of the world youth?s expectations on sustainability issues;
? Ideas and recommendations from 100 opinion leaders to imagine tomorrow?s governance mechanisms;
? Promotion of an intercultural and intergenerational dialogue, integrating the diversity of today?s world.

ScenaRio 2012 focal points in UN partner agencies are:
? Brice Lalonde, Executive Coordinator for the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs;
? Lila Karbassi, Special Advisor to Georg Kell (Executive Director, UN Global Compact Office);
? Colleen Thouez, Special Advisor to Carlos Lopes (UNITAR Executive Director);
? Arab Hoballah, Chief, Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, United Nations Environment Programme;
? Christine Auclair, Chief of the Private Sector Unit, and Ana Moreno, Spokesperson & Head - Press & Media Relations Unit, UN-Habitat;
? Jean-Christophe Bas, Senior Advisor, Strategic Development and Partnerships, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations;
? Ivana Savić, Organizing Partner, UNCSD Major Group for Children and Youth.

We submitted the form for the accreditation of Nomadéis (the lead organizer of the side event) for the Rio+20 Conference a few weeks ago, but many of our UN partners (including Brice Lalonde) told us to submit our side event request before having officially obtained the accreditation.

ScenaRio 2012 is a long term participatory process supported by a platform of institutional, civil society and corporate partners. As such, other dissemination events will also be organized after Rio+20, at the occasion of the London 2012 Olympic Games and of the 6th World Urban Forum in Naples and other major international events.

The project?s final outcomes will be summarized in a multilingual publication (a short version could be distributed in Rio) and all the data collected will be freely available for all audience.

We really hope to get the opportunity to expose the outcomes of ScenaRio 2012 in Rio during the Conference, which we created specifically for the anniversary of Rio 1992 and in which many UN agencies are involved.
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