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Part 3: The Rio+20 Agenda 1. 1. Secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, 2. Assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps.

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1 Part 3: The Rio+20 Agenda 1

2 1. Secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, 2. Assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major SD 3. Address new and emerging challenges 2

3  a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication;  the institutional framework for sustainable development; 3

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5  Efforts to designate ‘planetary boundaries’, which are intended to define a ‘safe operating space’ for humanity with respect to Earth systems, have begun. The economy must be seen in this perspective 5

6 Climate change rate (exceeded) Biodiversity loss (terrestrial and marine) (exceeded) Interference with the nitrogen and phosphorous cycles (exceeded) Stratospheric ozone depletion Ocean acidification Global freshwater use Change in land use Chemical pollution Atmospheric aerosol loading 6

7  A green economy is one that results in improved human well being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities 7

8 Achieving sustainability rest almost entirely on getting the economy right Present economic models have not substantially addressed social marginalisation and resource depletion 8

9 1. Reduce, reuse and recycle, including making all production green 2. De-growth or a critical approach to the system of economy, based on what is known as “strong sustainability” 3. Distributive growth, looks at SCP in a ’frugal’ way 4. Global transition – incremental change via strengthening key institutions 9

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11  The term governance refers to the process or method by which society is governed, or the ‘condition of ordered rule’. 11

12 Participation Accountability Transparency Implementation 12

13  Need to further develop and strengthen functions and systems within the UN and at national level on sustainable development 13

14  Make sure that environmental issues are handled by knowledgeable elements of the UN, and allow the environmental institutions a stronger political authority, decision power over financial institutions, power of implementation etc. 14

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16  Create a Council on Sustainable Development as a subsidiary body of the General Assembly (on par with the Council on Human Rights) 16

17  Elevate UNEP to a specialised agency in order to add political clout and authority to environmental issues, instead of its present position in the UN hierarch as a ’programme’. 17

18  Strengthen the governance system for sustainable development at all levels, local, national, regional and global 18

19 Design and develop a system which can handle emerging issues and which can actually strengthen the merging issues, e.g., Food security Climate security Energy security Water security Ecosystems security Other issues 19

20  Develop a basis for three new frameworks conventions at Rio plus 20 1 - Principle 10: access to information, participation and justice; (WRI) 20

21 2 Advance Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR, based on the ISO 26 000 outcome (Stakeholder Forum) 3 Develop the precautionary principle to a framework convention to include issues on emerging technologies, bio-engineering and nano-technology (The ETC Group) 21

22  Develop a new and visionary document on how the world should look like in 2030 complete with concepts visions, values, all elements that should be brought into the expressed political commitments for sustainable development 22

23 A political initiative from G-77 23

24  Colombia and Guatemala propose a key outcome of the Rio + 20 process that can be the definition and agreement of a suite of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), similar and supportive of the MDGs. 24

25  Defined internationally, the SDGs would serve both for comparing results as well as furthering opportunities for cooperation, including South-South cooperation.   The SDGs and the MDGs should be fully complementary. It is worth noting that while the MDGs applied only to developing countries, the SDGs would have universal application. 25

26  Objectives agreed to internationally could eventually be underpinned by targets.  They would thus be fully aligned with national contexts and could therefore be a useful tool for guiding public policies. 26

27  The process would build upon the Johannesburg WSSD Plan of Implementation as well as Agenda 21.   The SDGs would be based on Agenda 21 given that it already maps our requirements for sustainable development. This would also avoid reopening debates as Agenda 21 does not need to be renegotiated. 27

28  The process should result in the definition of a small number of key Objectives that could be later elaborated through a suite of targets, much like the MDGs.  The proposal is that a reasonable deliverable reached by June 2012 at Rio would be agreement on a suite of Objectives at a broad level. 28

29  This would mean prioritizing those themes and issues that are considered critical factors in moving forward the sustainable development agenda, inspired by Agenda 21. These could broadly include issues such as: 29

30 Changing Consumption Patterns Promoting Sustainable Human Settlement Development Biodiversity and Forests Combating Poverty Oceans Water Resources Advancing Food Security Energy, including from renewable sources 30

31 Just recently..... 31

32 Employment creation is important to focus on A framework for SCP (sustainable consumption and production) can be a contribution to green economy transition 32

33 The 9 planetary boundaries A council for SD Principles of equity A global SD economy Energy, a possible forum or council Non state actors 33

34  Are on-line and contain about 14 000 pages 34

35  About the direction and outcome of the document –  Governments will keep inputting until the very last possible moment in May -  The formal informals, held every month January until May, will be important for the final document 35

36 Know Your Own Goals Know the Decision-making Process in Your Country Know When To Work at What Level Know the Decision-making Context Know the Tools at Your Disposal Know When To Make Your Position Know the Government Officials Know the Key UN Officials Know Your Allies Know Your Adversaries Know Your Limits Know Your Brackets and Terms 36

37  It is too late to be a pessimist. Play to win!  THANK YOU! 37

38  Jan-Gustav Strandenaes  Mobile: +47 470 18 337   Don Edwards  Mobile: +202-297-1603  38

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