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US/Canada Citizens' Summit for Sustainable Development
24 Mar 2012 - 25 Mar 2012
New Haven, CT USA

The US/Canada Citizens? Summit for Sustainable Development will host 180 diverse experts, leaders, advocates, entrepreneurs and decision-makers from the United States and Canada for two days of discussions and planning linked to the forthcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as the Rio+20 conference.

Twenty years after the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro propelled the environment to the top of the world agenda, Rio+20 is convening in June to secure renewed political commitment for sustainability and address new challenges in green jobs, clean energy, sustainable cities, food, water, and oceans. In the lead-up to the Rio+20 conference, the Citizens? Summit will provide a critical platform to develop new approaches and new initiatives to scale up North America?s contribution to global sustainability.

The Summit will feature numerous high-level speakers to discuss the past, present, and future of sustainability in the United States and Canada, including Jim Balsillie, the founder and former CEO of RIM/Blackberry and the only private sector member to sit on the U.N. Secretary-General?s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability, Daniel C. Esty, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection & Deputy Head of US delegation to the 1992 Earth Summit, and David Runnalls, a distinguished fellow and former Director of the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

Most importantly, the Summit will encourage current and emerging leaders, experts, and entrepreneurs to develop new networks and agendas for change. It represents an opportunity for a new generation of trailblazers from all walks of life to help our countries and the world transition towards a greener, more sustainable future.

While the Summit is by invitation-only, everyone is encouraged to participate and contribute virtually through livestreaming sessions and interactive social media and blogging. Visit for details.

The Summit is being organized by a team from Yale University, the Natural Resources Defense Council, WeCanada, Human Impacts Institute, SustainUs, and Citizens Network for Sustainable Development, and is sponsored by the Québec Delegation in Boston, the Canadian Consulate in New York, the Yale Project on Climate Communication, the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and the Yale Graduate and Professional Student Senate. To follow the summit on Facebook, search CitizensSummitforSD, and on Twitter at @citizens_summit.

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