Information
  • Lead-organizer: Germany
  • 17:00 - 18:30
  • Date: 20 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-9

The way forward to a sustainable future

Organizing partners

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany
Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Introduction

The event will look at the conditions for a green economy under an inclusive perspective, with particular reference to the effects of sustainable energy supply and resource efficiency on economic growth and poverty eradication. It will also focus on the water, energy and food security nexus. The worldwide transformation to an inclusive green economy is a common task of governments, business and civil society. We have to ensure that future generations are able to enjoy the same level of comfort and social welfare that we enjoy today.

Detailed programme

The sustainable management of resources will generate substantial economic, environmental and social benefits, which include natural resource and energy saving, creation of new businesses and jobs.

Energy efficiency, renewable energy services and resource efficiency are key elements of the transition to an inclusive green economy as they can provide crucial support to both social and economic development while ensuring security of supply as well as mitigating climate change and providing environmental and health benefits. The event will look at the effects of sustainable energy supply and resource efficiency on economic growth and poverty eradication.

The side event will also focus on the interlinkages between energy and resource efficiency and the water, energy and food security nexus. In our interconnected world, sectoral “silos” are no longer acceptable ways to approach our targets, because solutions based only on one sector or discipline will unavoidably affect other sectors, whether by design or accident. Nowhere are the interconnections more evident – and critical – than in the water, energy and food sectors, because each is not only connected to, but is also dependent on the others. At the UN Conference on Sustainable Development the water-energy-food security nexus must be given a prominent role if viable and practical solutions are to be produced.

Concerns about limited access to water, sanitation, energy and food are compounded by growing worries about their availability and sustainability. There is a growing need for inclusive solutions to decouple agricultural and economic growth from resource consumption, while focusing on poverty reduction and inclusion.

The Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4ALL) launched by the Secretary-General with its concrete goals has attracted global attention and intends to generate public and private commitments to meeting its three objectives by 2030. In this context, continued development and dissemination of sustainable energy technologies have an important role to play, while at the same time fostering synergies with international efforts and actions to combat climate change.

Through trade, investment, public-private partnerships and research and innovation, the private sector plays a key role in delivering green growth and promoting sustainable consumption and production, inter alia through corporate social responsibility and technology diffusion. Progressive entrepreneurs around the world have recognised that this development is inevitable to secure long-term, sustainable growth, and have started to take according measures within their companies.

The proposed speakers will bring diverse perspectives to the discussion:

Alongside the two German Ministers in the lead for Rio+20, who also co-hosted the 2011 Bonn Conference on the Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus, UNIDO Director General Kandeh K. Yumkella will present the SE4ALL Initiative, while Ashok Khosla, Chairman of the Board of Development Alternatives as well as President of the Club of Rome and IUCN will underline the importance of achieving access to sustainable energy for social development. The perspectives of progressive entrepreneur Jochen Zeitz, Chairman of the Administrative Board of PUMA SE, CEO of the Sport and Lifestyle Group and Chief Sustainability Officer of PPR on sustainable production and of Jim Leape, Director General WWF International will round off the discussion. The side event will be facilitated by Marlehn Thieme, Chairwoman of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) and Director Infrastructure/ Regional Management/ Communications Corporate Citizenship, Deutsche Bank AG.

In this way, the side event would aim to reflect that an integrated approach on an inclusive green economy is required which takes into account the need to use resources efficiently and is mindful of the implications for food and water security as well as resource efficiency.

The proposed speakers for this side event would be:
Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Dirk Niebel, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development
Kandeh K. Yumkella, UNIDO Director General
Ashok Khosla, Chairman of the Board of Development Alternatives as well as President of the Club of Rome and IUCN
Jochen Zeitz, Chairman of the Administrative Board of PUMA SE, CEO of the Sport and Lifestyle Group and Chief Sustainability Officer of PPR
Jim Leape, Director General WWF International
Marlehn Thieme, Chairwoman of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE) and Director Infrastructure/ Regional Management/ Communications Corporate Citizenship, Deutsche Bank AG

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