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Regional Preparatory Meeting for The United Nations Conference On Sustainable Development (Rio+20)

1 - 2 December 2011

Geneva, Switzerland

The Regional Preparatory Meeting (RPM) took place in Geneva on 1 and 2 December 2011 (Palais des Nations, salle XVIII). RPM prepared the contribution from the UNECE region to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development which will be held from 20 – 22 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

The objectives of the Rio+20 Conference are to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assessing the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development and addressing new and emerging challenges. Substantive discussions will focus on two themes: a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and the institutional framework for sustainable development.

Documents for the RPM are posted in the table below. Information about Major Groups' training and coordination as well as about side events organized on the margins of RPM is also available in the table below.

The RPM is covered by the IISD Reporting Services. A summary report of the meeting is available online on the IISD website. Daily highlights are available here (1 Dec / 2 Dec). The IISD announcement is available here.

!!! The RPM aims to be a paperless event to the extent possible. Participants are encouraged to download the documents in electronic format and, if necessary, print them. All documents for the RPM are being made available on this website. Please bring your laptops for working at the RPM. Kindly note that electrical power plugs and sockets are unique to Switzerland within the UNECE region (type J, three-pin, 230 V, 50 Hz),  and respectively require an adaptor, though slim two-pin plugs (type C) will fit. !!!

Pre-session documents
Annotated provisional agenda for the meeting
E/ECE/RPM/2011/1
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Greening the economy: mainstreaming the environment into economic development
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/4
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Greening the economy within the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication
E/ECE/RPM/2011/4 
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Transitioning to a green economy: the role of education for sustainable development
E/ECE/RPM/2011/5 
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Draft "From Transition to Transformation: Sustainable and Inclusive Development in Europe and Central Asia"
(Draft regional interagency report for the Rio+20 Conference)
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“Rio plus Aarhus — 20 years on: Bearing fruit and looking forward” Chişinău Declaration
ECE/MP.PP/2011/2/Add.1 (excerpt)
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Declaration by first session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Espoo Convention serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
ECE/MP.EIA/SEA/2 (excerpt)
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Post-session documents
Report of the meeting
E/ECE/RPM/2011/2 
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Co-Chairs' Summary of the Meeting
E/ECE/RPM/2011/2/Add.1
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From Transition to Transformation: Sustainable and Inclusive Development in Europe and Central Asia
(final report & the UNECE Weekly newsletter dedicated to the report)
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Organization of Work for the RPM
E/ECE/RPM/2011/INF/1 (draft as of 1 December 2011)
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Organization of Work for the RPM: arrangements under agenda item 6
E/ECE/RPM/2011/INF/1/Add.1 (draft as of 1 December 2011)
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Organization of Work for the RPM: Questions for discussion under agenda items 5, 6 and 7ENG---RUS
The contribution of the Espoo Convention and its Protocol on SEA to the implementation of the Rio Principles
E/ECE/RPM/2011/INF/2
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Strategic environmental assessment as a tool for greening the economy
E/ECE/RPM/2011/INF/3
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Keeping track of our changing environment: from Rio to Rio+20 (1992–2012)
by UNEP
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Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication
by UNEP
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Green Economy: Success stories
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/INF/25
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Green Bridge Partnership Programme
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/6
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Astana “Green Bridge” Initiative
E/ESCAP//MCED(6)/13
ENG---RUS

RPM letter to the UNECE member States' Missions to the UN in Geneva

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RPM letter to the Major Groups ENG------
List of participants
(draft as of 8 December 2011)
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Main outcome documents of the 7th "Environment for Europe" Ministerial Conference, Astana, 21-23 September 2011
Ministerial Declaration
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/2/Add.1
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Chair's Summary of the Conference
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/2/Add.1 
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Report of the Conference
ECE/ASTANA.CONF/2011/2
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Opening of the meeting
Opening address by Mr. Jan Kubiš, Executive Secretary of ECEENG------
Opening address  by Mr. Sha Zukang, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Secretary General of Rio+20ENG------
Opening address  by Mr. Michele Candotti, Chief of the Executive Office, United Nations Environment ProgrammeENG------
Opening address  by Mr. Jens Wandel, Deputy Regional Director and Director of the Bratislava Regional Centre of the United Nations Development ProgrammeENG------
Item 5. Assessment of progress in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development and addressing new and emerging challenges
Keynote address by Mr. Bedrich Moldan, Professor of Environmental Science and Director of the Environment Centre of the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, Vice-Chair of the Preparatory Bureau for the Rio+20 Conference, representing the Eastern European States GroupENG------
Keynote address by Mr. Taulant Bino, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Water Administration, AlbaniaENG------
Keynote address by Mr. Fitz Holzwarth, Deputy Director General, Water Management, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, GermanyENG------
Keynote address by Mr. Jan Dusik, Deputy Director and Officer-in-Charge, Regional Office for Europe, UNEPENG------
Keynote address by Mr. Srđan Matić, Coordinator, Environment and Health, WHO Regional Office for EuropeENG------
Keynote address by Ms. Sascha Gabizon, Executive Director of the NGO Women in Europe for a Common FutureENG------
Keynote address by Ms. Amy Edmondson, Professor, Harvard Business SchoolENG------
Statement by the European Union and its Member StatesENG------
Statement by Monaco---FRE---
Statement by SwitzerlandENG------
Statement by TurkeyENG------
Statement by USAENG------
Statement by the Biovision Foundation and Millennium Institute as members of the Farmers Major GroupENG------
Statement by the European Federation of Public Service Unions on behalf of the Major Group of Workers and Trade UnionsENG------
Statement by the United Nation International Strategy for Disaster ReductionENG------
Statement by the International Telecommunication UnionENG------
Statement by the Major Group of NGOsENG------
Item 6. A green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication
Keynote address by Mr. Paolo Soprano, Director of the Sustainable Development Division, Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, Italy, Vice-chair of the Bureau for the Preparatory Process of the Rio+20 Conference, representing the West European and Others GroupENG------
Keynote address by Mr. Niyazi Safarov, Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Azerbaijan------RUS
Keynote address by Mr. Daniel Ziegerer, Head of Global Section, Federal Office for the Environment, SwitzerlandENG------
Keynote address by Mr. Björn Stigson, President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Business Action for Sustainable Development (BASD) 2012ENG------
Keynote address by Mr. Peter Poschen, Director, Job Creation and Sustainable Enterprise Department, International Labour OrganizationENG------
Keynote address by Mr. Talaybek Makeyev, Executive Director, the Regional Environmental Centre for AsiaENG------
Keynote address by Mr. Joachim Spangenberg, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research UFZ, GermanyENG------
Statement by the European Union and its Member StatesENG------
Statement by the Republic of MoldovaENG------
Statement by the Major Group of Children and YouthENG------
Statement by the International Chemicals AssociationENG------
Statement by the Major Group of NGOsENG------
Statement by the Major Group of FarmersENG------
Item 7. The institutional framework for sustainable development
Keynote address by Ms. Tania Valerie Raguz, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Croatia to the United Nations in New YorkENG------
Keynote address by Mr. Rodion Bajureanu, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Environment, Republic of MoldovaENG------
Keynote address by Mr. Jean Pierre Thebault, Ambassador for Environment, France---FRE---
Keynote address by Mr. Bradnee Chambers, Head of Environmental Law and Governance Branch, Team Leader, International Environmental Governance/Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development (IEG/IFSD), UNEPENG------
Keynote address by Mr. Goran Svilanovic, Coordinator of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Economic and Environmental Activities, OSCEENG------
Keynote address by Mr. Jeremy Wates, Director of the European Environment BureauENG------
Keynote address by Dr. Angelika Poth-Mögele, Director of Policy, the Council of European Municipalities and RegionsENG------
Statement by the European Union and its Member StatesENG------
Statement by LiechtensteinENG------
Statement by MontenegroENG------
Statement by SerbiaENG------
Statement by SwitzerlandENG------
Statement by the European Federation of Public Service Unions on behalf of the Major Group of Workers and Trade UnionsENG------
Statement by the Major Group of Children and YouthENG------
Statement by the Major Group of Local AuthoritiesENG------
Statement by the Major Group of NGOsENG------
Statement by the Major Group of Scientific and Technologocal CommunityENG------
Closure of the meeting
Presentation on the Rio+20 Conference by Ms. Maria Luisa Escorel, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations and other international organizationsENG------
Closing remarks by Mr. Sha Zukang, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Secretary General of Rio+20ENG------

A Major Groups' Training and Coordination Meeting was organized back-to-back to the RPM on 30 November 2011. The agenda for the meeting is available here. The training modules can be downloaded here (part 1 / part 2 / part 3).

Delegates of Major Groups are requested to complete the registration form and indicate their participation in both meetings, as relevant.

Agenda for the training session, November 30, Salle IX at the Palais des Nations, Geneva 

Please NOTE: The main gate of the UN opens at 08:00 for registration. We strongly recommend that those who have not a pass to the UN be present at the gate at 08:00 as getting your pass will take some time.

08:00 – Registration at the main gate (the Pregny Gate).

09:00 – Welcome by Monika Linn, Principal Advisor and Chief, Development Policies and Cross-Sectoral Coordination Unit, Office of the Executive Secretary, ECE, and by Leida Rijnhout, Director of ANPED and Organising Partner for the NGO Major Group for the Rio plus 20 process.

09:20 – 10:00 – A brief outline of the day, Rio plus 20 Conference content, issues, time lines etc. by the trainer, Don Edwards, Stakeholder Forum.

10:00 – 10:20 – Coffee break, the Delegates Lounge or the Press Coffee Bar.

10:20 – 11:00 – The trainer continues, more on Rio, the process, and branching over to lobby issues and looking at the upcoming RIM.

11:00 – 11:15 – Small break, a breather.

11:15 – 12:00 – The trainer continues, more of the same, and concluding and summing up.

12:00 – 12:15 – Small break, a breather.

12:15 – 13:15 – This hour is an invitation and an opportunity for different UN Agencies to present their views on Rio plus 20. It is important that the presentations are relevant to the Rio plus 20 agenda items, and it would be of interest to see how these agencies see their contribution to the upcoming Rio plus 20 Conference. Each of the agencies is given a maximum of 10 – 12 minutes. Based on 60 minutes, a maximum of 6 agencies may present their views. (The chair from the NGO group and the trainer will chair this session jointly. The presentations will be followed by a Question and Answer period.):

- Ms. Helena Molin-Valdes, Director , United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR).

- Hamish Jenkins, UN Non Governmental liaison Service (NGLS).

- Ms. Gina Lucarelli, Regional Coordination Specialist, UNDG Europe and Central Asia, (UNDP) and Mr. Patrice Robineau , co-cordinator of the UN system Report "From Transition to Transformation: Sustainable and Inclusive Development in Europe and Central Asia" (the draft report is available here).

- Amy Fraenkel, Regional Director for North America, UNEP.

13:15 – 14:45 – Lunch break taken in the UN cafeteria. 15:00 – 16:00 – Afternoon plenary, an overview of the days to come, roles, opportunities. (The chair from the NGO group, Leida Rijnhout, and the trainer, Mr. Don Edwards will chair this session jointly.)16:00 – 17:00 – Break out groups.17:00 – 18:00 – Plenary and report backs. (The chair from the NGO group and the trainer will chair this session jointly.) 

Please NOTE: During the RPM, every morning, the Major Groups will have a morning meeting one hour prior to the official meeting starts. These meetings will be chaired by the NGO Organising Partner, Leida Rijnhout, Director of ANPED.

Governments and organizations interested in organizing side events on the margins of the meeting should fill in and submit to the secretariat by 1 November 2011 the side-event registration form.

The list of registered side events is presented in the table below.

NoTitlePurposeFormat/DurationOrganiser(s)Time/RoomMaterials
Thursday, 1 December 2011 (lunch time 13:15-14:45)
1.Global Energy & Ecological Strategy for Sustainable Development in XXI c. and “Green Bridge” Partnership Programme as contribution of Europe to Rio+20 Follow up of the 7th “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference, Astana, September 2011Round table & panel discussion
1.5h
Ministry of Environmental Protection of Kazakhstan; JSC “National Scientific and Technological Holding “Parasat”13h15-14h45
Salle XXVII

Invitation&Programme

Press release (ENG / RUS)

2.Greening the economy: the role of Education for Sustainable DevelopmentTo draw attention to the role education has to play in achieving the transition to a green economyRound-table discussion
1.5h
UNECE13h15-14h45
Salle S4

Invitation&Programme

Map

3.Smart Cities and Sustainable Urban DevelopmentIntroduce the potential contribution of smart eco-city technology for sustainable urban developmentWorkshop, presentations, question&answers, conclusionsLiving PlanIT SA13h15-14h45
Salle XVIII
Invitation&Programme
4.Effective Action on Sustainable Agriculture at Rio+20To strengthen the discussion on how to include Sustainable Agriculture in the Rio+20 process and beyond. What measures are necessary? Relevant submissions to the UNCSD Zero Draft will form the basis for this dialogue.Panel and interactive discussion
1.5h
Biovision - Foundation for Ecological Development, Switzerland; Federal Office for Agriculture, Swiss Government; Millennium Institute, USA, More&Better Network, Italy; International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) e.V., Germany13h15-14h45
Salle VIII
Invitation&Programme
5.Private Sector Role for Sustainable Development – Looking forward to RioDialogue with governments and other stakeholders on the role of the private sector1.5hBusiness Action for Sustainable Development (BASD) 201213h15-14h45
Salle XV
Friday, 2 December 2011 (morning 8:30-9:45)
6. Report or Explain - A policy proposal for sustainability reporting to be adopted
as a common practice for the advancement of a Green Economy
Presentation of the Proposal to the Rio+20 Conference to adopt a policy framework on sustainability reporting based on the report or explain approach: a practical measure would make a positive impact to the transition towards a Green EconomyPanel discussion
1h
Global Reporting Initiative with other partner organizations and the support or an European Government8h30-9h45
Salle XV
Invitation&Programme
7.From “Brown” Economy to “Care” Economy – Women’s priorities for Rio+20Present recommendations for outcomes of Rio+20 ConferencePanel discussion with presentations
1,5h
Women in Europe for a Common Future / Women International for a Common Future (WECF)8h30-9h45
Salle XVIII
Invitation&Programme
Friday, 2 December 2011 (lunch time 13:15-14:45)
8.Transport and the green economyDemonstrate how it is crucial that the question of transportation is included in the debate of green economyPanel discussion
1h
International Union of Railways (UIC), UNECE, UNEP and ATE.13h15–14h45
Salle XV
Invitation&Programme

9.

Trade and the Green EconomyTo support the ECE RPM by providing a multi-stakeholder platform for discussing what a green economy means for trade, identifying key opportunities and challenges for the region, and contributing to the formulation of regional perspectives for Rio+20Panel discussion followed by open discussion
1.5h
UNECE; UNEP; ICTSD13h15–14h45
Salle VIII
Invitation&Programme
10.CALLING FOR COORDINATED ACTION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - A proven inter-agency model: the Environment and Security InitiativeTo enable governments and international organizations to learn about benefits of inter-agency cooperation and experiences achieved through the Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC). The event will provide an opportunity for governments to address economic, social and security challenges posed by climate change and will explore how  regional collaboration can help overcome these challenges. Round-table discussion
1.5h
OSCE; UNECE; UNDP; UNEP; REC13h15–14h45
Salle XXVII
Invitation&Programme
11.How can Rio+20 deliver fair and green economy roadmaps that will achieve one planet living?To discuss key components needed for a fair and effective green economy roadmap, outlining specific goals, objectives and actions at international level as well as a package of reformsWorkshop followed by discussion
1.5h
BioRegional Development Group13h15–14h45
Salle XVIII
Invitation&Programme

For information on the RPM, please, contact:

Ms. Monika Linn
Principal Adviser
Chief, Development Policies and
Cross-Sectoral Coordination Unit
Office of the Executive Secretary, ECE

Phone: +41 (0)22 917 13 15
Fax: +41 (0)22 917 01 07
Email:

Ms. Angela Sochirca
Environmental Affairs Officer
Environment for Europe and Sustainable Development Team

Phone: +41 (0)22 917 20 64
Fax: +41 (0)22 917 01 07
Email:

Major Groups participation and side events:

Ms. Nona Iliukhina
Economic Affairs Officer
Environment for Europe and Sustainable Development Team

Phone: +41 (0)22 917 20 84
Fax: +41 (0)22 917 01 07
Email: