• Lead-organizer: Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC)
  • 17:30 - 19:00
  • Date: 18 Jun 2012
  • Room: T-9

Towards and beyond Rio+20: Delivering Sustainable Development at the Regional Level

Organizing partners

Lead-partner: The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC),

The Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) promotes greater mutual understanding between Asia and Europe through intellectual, cultural and people-to-people exchanges. Through ASEF, civil society concerns are included as a vital component of deliberations of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), which currently comprises of 46 member states plus the European Commission and the ASEAN Secretariat ( ASEF was established in February 1997 by the participating governments of ASEM and has since engaged over 17,000 direct participants through more than 550 projects in the realms of economy and society, environment, education, public health, arts and culture, human rights and governance, and inter-communal dialogue. In 2012, ASEF is commemorating its 15th Anniversary and invites everyone to take part in celebrating CONNECTED HISTORIES, SHARED FUTURE. [12]

This side-event is supported by Asia-Europe Environment Forum – a strategic partnership of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) of Japan, the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF), and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).


Visualizing commitments and identifying opportunities at regional level

This side event aims to interconnect high political representatives/managers of regional organizations, agencies and other regional mechanism working in the field of sustainable development. The complex and ambitious roadmap towards Rio+20 requires not only strong political will from parties but also an inclusive process where all stakeholders are offered the possibility to interact and commit according to their respective mandate, field of expertise, interest and capacities.

The Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development requires commitments and action at all levels and in this respect it is essential to analyse the contribution of regional organizations, mechanisms and IGO´s operating at regional level outside the UN system. Based on their mandate and area of expertise, this interactive round table should identify concrete opportunities and synergies for potential cooperation within their respective regions and across regions.

Detailed programme

Tentative programme

Towards and beyond Rio + 20:
Sustainable Development Delivery at the Regional level

Date: 18 June
Time: 17:30-19:00
Room: T-9 at Rio Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Chair: Ms. Marta Szigeti Bonifert, Executive Director, The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC)

Keynote Speech:
Mr. Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Senior Policy Advisor, Stakeholder Forum

The Asia-Europe Environment Forum Research presentation: Ms. Ella Antonio, President, Earth Council Asia Pacific
For more information about the event, please visit ASEF's webpage at

Panel discussion:
Moderator: Ms. Sol Iglesias, Director, Intellectual Exchange, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)
Mr. Nessim J. Ahmad, Director, Environment and Safeguard Division, Regional and Sustainable Development Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Mr. Raman Letchumanan, Head of Environment, ASEAN Secretariat
Mr. Talaibek Makeyev, Executive Director, the Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia (CA-REC)
Dr. David Stanners, Head of International Cooperation, European Environment Agency (EEA)
Ms. Mia Crawford, Senior advisor & Head Baltic 21Unit
Mr. Tony Nyong, Manager, Safeguards & Compliance Division, African perspective: Representative, African Development Bank/Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)

Wrap up and conclusions: Ms. Marta Szigeti Bonifert, REC

The thematic focus will be in the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development (IFSD) covering topics such as providing information, trainings, financial mechanisms and overall capacity building to all stakeholders - national and local administrations, civil society organizations and businesses.

The main goal will be to bring together high representatives (Executive Directors) from the main IGOs/regional organizations/mechanisms working in the field of sustainable development, particularly but not limited to the following institutions:
African Development Bank or Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)
Andean Community (CAN) or Union of South American States (UNASUR)
Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) or Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) via the Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum)
European Environment Agency (EEA) or Baltic 21
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC)
The Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CA-REC)

The roundtable will present, according to the main outcomes of the Rio + 20 process, an interactive discussion addressing the following questions:
Added value of each institution in the IFSD: connecting global policy to local implementation
Critical challenges and practical solutions at regional level towards and beyond the Rio +20 agenda: delivering on the ground and “delivering as one”
Opportunities for improving collaboration within the region and across regions
Elements of a roadmap for a coordinated approach

The discussion should be mainly articulated towards the means of implementation: finance and capacity building. Concrete proposals should be delivered as outcomes for further work.
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