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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
Coverage of Selected Side Events at the Second Round of ‘Informal-Informal’ Negotiations on the zero draft of outcome document of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20)

23 April - 4 May 2012 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
DAILY WEB COVERAGE

Rio+20
Coverage on Friday, 4 May 2012
The Rio+20 banner outside the United Nations building.
Good Defeats Evil by Zurab Tsereteli in front of UN Headquarters.
 
UN-Water Report on Water Resources Management for the Rio+20 Summit

Organized by UN-Water and UNEP
 
Kenza Kaouakib-Robinson, UN-Water Secretary, urged national governments to set realistic water targets and goals in the medium term.
Henry de Cazotte, UNCSD Secretariat, called for innovative technologies to avoid a global water crisis.
Veerle Vandeweerd, UNDP, said “we don’t need to re-invent the wheel,” merely implement previous agreements.
 

In this side event, UN-Water presented results from a global survey on the application of integrated approaches to water development, management, and use.

Moderating the event, Kenza Kaouakib-Robinson, UN-Water Secretary, emphasized the need for collaboration in water-related issues, saying that no “one-size-fits-all” methodology exists.

Henry de Cazotte, UNCSD Secretariat, called for long-term prioritization of water in the sustainability agenda, and suggested addressing several poverty issues through payments for ecosystem services.

Peter Bjørnsen, UNEP-DHI Centre for Water and Environment, presented the key findings of UN-Water’s report, including: water policies, plans and laws; governance and management systems; and infrastructure and financial mechanisms.

Veerle Vandeweerd, UNDP, commending the work of UN-Water, urged fast-tracking the implementation of many water policies and plans.

Ambassador Csaba Körösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN, highlighted actionable recommendations from the steering group of the Rio+20 Friends of Water Group.

Participants discussed, inter alia: issues related to transboundary river management; water recycling; how to address water shortages; the possibility of global water conflicts; and waste disposal and related health hazards in rapidly-developing countries.

Thomas Stelzer, DESA, highlighted the urgency of acting upon the report’s recommendations, and urged a revolutionary turnaround to avoid global water depletion.

 
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L-R: Peter Bjørnsen, UNEP-DHI Centre for Water and Environment; Thomas Stelzer, UN-DESA; Kenza Kaouakib-Robinson, UN Water Secretary; Amb. Csaba Körösi, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the UN; Henry de Cazotte, UNCSD Secretariat.
 
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More Information:

http://www.unwater.org/rio2012/report/

Contacts:

Ulrike Kelm <kelm@un.org>
Stéfanie Neno <stefanie.neno@fao.org>

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Building a Sustainable Economy Top Down and Grassroots Up

Organized by the All-Win Network, Association of World Citizens, Common Action for the UN, Earth Rights Institute, Ecovillage Network, Institute for Planetary Synthesis and the International Union for Land Value Taxation
 
Leon Siu, who described himself as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hawaiian Kingdom, noted the inherent responsibility that Hawaiians feel for their land and its natural resources.
Lisinka Ulatowska, Coordinator, Major Group Cluster on the Commons, underscored the need for a paradigm change to encourage the establishment of a commons-based economy.
Rob Wheeler, Global Ecovillage Network, lamented that rents and income from land do not always benefit the community which contributes to its value.
 

Moderated by Lisinka Ulatowska, Coordinator, Major Group Cluster on the Commons, this side event discussed a number of initiatives to create commons-based economies, and how these can be expanded and built upon.

Mario Ruales, Advisor to the Ecuadorian Minister of Coordination of Heritage, highlighted the adoption of a new constitution in 2008, which recognized the rights of Mother Earth. He emphasized the role of natural and indigenous peoples to respect and protect the ecosystem, saying that the constitution has a lot of processes that would allow this to be pursued. He noted Ecuador’s call for a new development architecture, saying that this has been proposed for Rio+20.

Leon Siu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hawaiian Kingdom, outlined his work for reinstating the independent nation state of Hawai’i, saying that should this occur, many of the traditional practices for land management, agriculture and conservation of natural resources will return. He lamented the marginalization of the indigenous peoples, saying that reinstating the independent nation state of Hawai’i would rectify this problem.

Rob Wheeler, Global Ecovillage Network, outlined that the commons-based approach is one where the land and its resources are cooperatively owned, managed and shared among those living on the commons. He noted that ecovillages, which are based on such a model, are among the most sustainable communities in existence. He noted that many lessons on sustainability can be learnt from ecovillages, underscoring their ability to minimize waste, promote clean and renewable energy, and ensure the sustainable consumption of natural resources.

In the ensuing discussion, delegates addressed the different financing systems that could be used for implementing a commons-based model. They also discussed referencing the rights of nature in the Rio+20 outcome document.

 
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L-R: Leon Siu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hawaiian Kingdom; Lisinka Ulatowska, Coordinator, Major Group Cluster on the Commons; Rob Wheeler, Global Ecovillage Network; Mario Ruales, Advisor to the Ecuadorian Minister of Coordination of Heritage.
 
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More Information:

http://globalcommonstrust.org/?page_id=29/

Contact:

Lisinka Ulatowska
<lisinka.ulatowska@gmail.com>
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