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UNDP-UNU-FGV Symposium on “Public Administration and Rio+20”: The Role of the Visible Hand of Public Institutions in Creating a Sustainable Future

Date: Monday, 18 June 2012
Time: 14:0018:00
Venue: Auditório 9F, Fundação Getulio Vargas, Praia de Botafogo 190, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro
Organizers: UNDP, UNU-IAS and Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV)

This symposium, organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) and the Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), will examine the role of public administration in contributing to deliver the “institutional framework for sustainable development and green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication”, the two main themes of the Rio+20 Conference. The sessions will cover the new set of reforms in public management, organizations and policies in the different levels that are needed to create greener economic growth in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. During the event, the special issue of the journal Public Administration and Development (PAD, Wiley-Blackwell) on Rio+20 will be launched.

The term “Sustainable Development” became popular in the 1990s particularly after the release of the Brundtland Report and the Rio-92 (UNCED) Conference. The term definitively broke the stalemate between environmental protection, economic development and social inclusiveness (called the three pillars of sustainable development), offering the possibility that all three could come together without a trade-off, at least in theory. Nevertheless, this has not always held true in practice. Even though environmental awareness has increased and there are many good examples to illustrate sustainable development around the world, the world has become dangerously more unsustainable in several aspects, such as loss of biodiversity and climate change, which also have affected the most vulnerable populations. Thus, the question many raise is how to achieve environmental sustainability with reasonable economic growth that can lead to poverty alleviation and social inclusiveness at all levels (local, national and global)? The key observation to answer this question is the difficulty of achieving sustainable development due to the lack of institutions capable of translating the concept of sustainable development into practice.

The role of public administrations is particularly relevant to translate global concerns into local action, and local concerns into global action. However, we have to create effective and democratic institutional mechanisms within the state to make sustainable development a reality in practice at the different levels. Many of the organizations and institutions in the public administration still operate in the old paradigm of development or are unable to bring the three pillars of sustainable development together in an effective manner. They have to be changed to create the capacity to effectively move societies and the world on a more sustainable path.

Agenda (tentative)

14:30 – 14:55 Opening Remarks
Prof. Cristovam Buarque, Senator of the Brazilian Congress and head of the Rio+20 Senate Commission, Brazil; and Member of the UNU Council
Prof. Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal, President of the Getulio Vargas Foundation - FGV, 
Dr. Yannick Glemarec, Director of Environmental Finance, UNDP
Prof. Govindan Parayil, UNU Vice-Rector and Director of UNU-IAS, Focal Point of UNU for Rio+20
Prof. Aspasia Camargo, FGV and Representative in the State Assembly

14:55 – 15:30 Session 1 – Main Points of the Special Issue on Rio+20
Chair: Dr. Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira, Assistant Director of UNU-IAS
Speaker: Dr. Yannick Glemarec, Director of Environmental Finance, UNDP

15:30 – 16:40 - Session 2 – Public Administration and Good Governance for Sustainable Development
Chair: Dr. Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira, Assistant Director of UNU-IAS

"A Charter Moment: Restructuring Governance for Sustainability”
Prof. Norichika Kanie, Associate Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology; Research Fellow at UNU-IAS

"Cross-sectoral policies for sustainable development: a metagovernance perspective”
Michael Kull, MTT Agrifood Research Finland

Prof. Eduardo Viola, University of Brasilia
Prof. Patricia Regina Pinheiro Sampaio, FGV-Direito Rio

16:40 – 17:00 Coffee Break

17:00 – 18:30 Session 3 – Public Administration and the Mechanisms for Promoting Green Economy
Chair: Dr. Yannick Glemarec, Director of Environmental Finance, UNDP

"The Political Economy of Green Growth: Illustrations from Southern Africa”
Dr. James Thurlow, UN University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER)

“Institutional subversion and deforestation: The case of rural property environmental licensing in Amazonia”
Prof. Raoni Rajão, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG)

Dr. Ronaldo Serôa da Motta, IPEA-Institute of Applied Economic Research, Brazil
Prof. Monica Pinhanez, FGV-EBAPE
Prof. Melina Rocha Lukic, FGV-Direito Rio

18:30 – 18:40 Session 4 – Final discussions and the way forward
Prof. Govindan Parayil, UNU Vice-Rector and Director of UNU-IAS, Focal Point of UNU for Rio+20

18:40 – 19:40 Reception FGV

Public Administration and Development Special Issu one Rio+20


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