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Thursday, 7 June 2012, 14:00 - 18:30 at UNU in Tokyo
 

Towards Rio+20 and Beyond:
Challenges and Opportunities for Greening the Economy and Improving Governance for Sustainable Development
 
Venue:
Elizabeth Rose Conference Hall, 5F, UNU Headquarters, Tokyo

*A video of this event can be viewed here.


Seminar Description
Seminar language: English

As its two main themes set by the UN, the Rio+20 Conference—to be held in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—will address the green economy and governance for sustainable development. Even though recent discussions on sustainable development have benefited from the accumulation of empirical and theoretical knowledge in the last decades, they have not produced the conceptual novelty and tools necessary to put green economy and governance for sustainable development on the mainstream political, social and economic agenda. This seminar offers an opportunity for discussion and engagement with UNU experts and partners in academia, government and the private sector, to raise awareness about the forthcoming Rio+20 Conference, and to understand the achievements and obstacles towards sustainability met in the last 20 years in order to propose new ideas and changes for the future.

The event will also introduce on-going debates within UNU on the Rio+20 topics that compose the book Green Economy and Good Governance for Sustainable Development: Opportunities, Promises and Concerns. Discussions will draw on input from the global network of UNU institutes that have contributed to the Rio+20 debates, with perspectives from their respective areas of expertise, such as health, economic development and energy. A book launch and reception for the above publication will follow the seminar.


Programme

Towards Rio+20 and Beyond

MC: Dr. Vesselin Popovski, Senior Academic Programme Officer at UNU Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP)

14:00 - 14:15 Opening Remarks
Prof. Govindan Parayil, UNU Vice-Rector and Director of UNU-IAS, Focal Point of UNU for Rio+20
Mr. Hiroshi Minami, Deputy Director-General for Global Issues, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
H.E. Mr. Marcos Bezerra Abbott Galvão, Ambassador of Brazil to Japan
H.E. Ms. Mohau N. Pheko, Ambassador of South Africa to Japan
14:15 - 15:30 Session 1  – Rio+20: Opportunities and Challenges from Different Angles
Chair: Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, UNU Vice-Rector and Director of UNU-ISP
Speakers:
H.E. Mr. Marcos Bezerra Abbott Galvão, Ambassador of Brazil to Japan
H.E. Ms. Mohau N. Pheko, Ambassador of South Africa to Japan
Dr. Atsushi Suginaka, Director of the Global Environment Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan

15:30 - 15:45

Break

15:45 – 17:00 Session 2 – Green Economy and Governance for Sustainable Development: The Road towards Rio+20 and Beyond
Chair: Dr. Jose A. Puppim de Oliveira, Assistant Director of UNU-IAS
Speakers:
Mr. Kazuhiko Takemoto, Senior Fellow at UNU-IAS
Prof. Norichika Kanie, Associate Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology and Research Fellow at UNU-IAS
Prof. Koyu Furusawa, Professor at Kokugakuin University
Dr. Manu V. Mathai, Research Fellow at UNU-IAS

There will be brief presentations on how a greener economy and an improved institutional framework for sustainable development (IFSD) can move us towards a more sustainable society, followed by discussions with the audience.
17:00 - 17:15 Final Remarks
Prof. Govindan Parayil, UNU Vice-Rector and Director of UNU-IAS
17:15 - 18:30 Book Launch and Reception (in 2nd floor UNU Bookshop)
Launch of Green Economy and Good Governance for Sustainable Development: Opportunities, Promises and Concerns (UNU Press)

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Registration is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact UNU-IAS at unuias[at]ias.unu.edu or 045-221-2300.
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