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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
Coverage of Selected Side Events at the First Round of ‘Informal-Informal’ Negotiations on the Zero Draft of the Outcome Document and Third Intersessional Meeting of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20)

19-23 and 26-27 March 2012 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
 
DAILY WEB COVERAGE

Rio+20
Coverage on Monday, 26 March 2012
View of the North Lawn Building, UN Headquarters
 
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Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: Building momentum at Rio and beyond

Presented by the New Zealand Mission, Friends of Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform and
International Institute for Sustainable Development - Global Subsidies Initiative

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Chris Beaton, IISD-GSI, said countries should report on and review their experiences of fossil fuel subsidy reform.

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Amb. Jim McLay, New Zealand Permanent Representative to the UN, highlighted that the current zero draft of the Rio+20 outcome document contains text on phasing out fossil fuel subsidies and urged that this progress be encouraged.

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Ian Parry, IMF, noted the role of international institutions in determining appropriate taxation of fossil fuels to account for environmental changes.

 
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This event addressed the benefits of fossil fuel subsidy reform, its links to sustainable development and why fossil fuel subsidy reform should be a priority on the Rio+20 agenda.

Amb. Jim McLay, New Zealand Permanent Representative to the UN, introducing the side event, noted that fossil fuel subsidies are perverse incentives that may hinder a country’s transformation to a green economy, as well as place large pressures on government budgets.

Ian Parry, International Monetary Fund (IMF), addressing the economic dimensions of fossil fuel subsidy reform, urged reform to be undertaken using a gradual, sequential process to reduce negative impacts, as far as possible. He stressed the need for introducing carefully targeted compensation schemes as reform is undertaken.

Christopher Beaton, IISD-GSI, speaking on the social impacts of fossil fuel subsidy reform, underscored that current fossil fuel subsidy reform tends to be simplistic in nature and lacks recognition of the impact of reform on the poor. He suggested a number of complementary policies that can be used to account for the poor when undertaking reform, such as cash transfers, social safety nets and pro-poor expenditure. He urged delegates to ensure that the Rio+20 outcome document commit to phasing out fossil-fuel subsidies that undermine sustainable development.

Amb. Tekeda Alemu, Ethiopian Permanent Representative to the UN, said that Ethiopia has committed to undertake fossil fuel subsidy reform through steps to ensure that renewable energy generating capacity increases and encourage the use of public transport. Javier Díaz Carmona, Costa Rican Ambassador for Climate Change and Global Environment Affairs, said his country has been taxing fossil fuels for the preceding 20 years to ensure payment for ecosystem services. Staffan Tillander, Swedish Ambassador for Rio+20, emphasized that his country has seen economic growth decoupled from natural resources use, through implementing a carbon tax.

In the ensuing discussion, participants addressed: the hidden consequences of fossil fuel subsidies; lack of reporting on the G20 commitment to phase out fossil fuel subsidies in the medium-term; and governance structures and support for fossil fuel subsidy reductions.

 
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View of the side event discussing fossil fuel subsidies.
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More Information:

http://www.iisd.org/gsi/fossil-fuel-subsidies

Contacts:

Kerryn Lang <klang@iisd.org>

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Why Energy and Equity Matter: Lessons from the field

Presented by UNDP and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
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Amrit Rai, Nepalese Permanent Mission to the UN, highlighted national practices and programming for achieving sustainable energy and equity.

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Monika Linn, UNECE, explains policy measures to achieve sustainable and inclusive development in Europe and Central Asia.

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Sulton Rakhimov, First Deputy Minister, Ministry of Land Reclamation and Water. Resources Management, explains how small hydropower plant developments, although more expensive, provide electricity to remote rural areas.

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This side event explored the relationship between energy and social equity, and considered best practices from Nepal and Tajikistan.

Opening the panel, Olav Kjørven, UNDP, underscored the need for policy issues to address social, economic and environmental domains in order to overcome critical policy failures at the global and national level.

Monika Linn, UNECE, presented findings from the report “From Transition to Transformation: Sustainable and inclusive development in Europe and Central Asia,” and elaborated on ways to address energy efficiency policies alongside social equity goals. Ben Slay, UNDP, shared findings from the report “Triple Wins for Sustainable Development.” He described the “triple wins” for sustainable development as policy outcomes that expand the sustainable development “sweet spot” at the intersection of economic growth, social development, and environmental sustainability.

Sulton Rakhimov, First Deputy Minister, Ministry of Land Reclamation and Water. Resources Management, Tajikistan, explained how hydropower initiatives support sustainable development in Tajikistan, underscoring the importance of small hydropower plants as a means to provide electricity to remote rural areas, enhance economic development and poverty reduction, and reduce land erosion and mud floods through avoided deforestation. Amrit Rai, Nepalese Permanent Mission to the UN, shared results from the Rural Energy Development Program in Nepal, which introduced decentralized, reliable and low-cost energy services in rural communities. He noted that the programme raised living standards in rural areas, created employment opportunities, and improved local health and environment conditions.

In the ensuing discussion, delegates discussed the energy and social relationships of sustainable development and how Rio+20 outcomes can improve sustainable energy and equity goals.

 
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L-R: Monika Linn, UNECE, Ben Slay, UNDP and Olav Kjørven, UNDP

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More Information:

http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home.html
Contacts:

Ben Slay <ben.slay@undp.org>

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Oceans at Rio+20: Highlighting oceans issues in the Rio+20 outcome document and moving the ocean agenda and beyond Rio

Presented by the International Coastal and Ocean Organization and the
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO
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Opened by Biliana Cicin-Sain, Global Forum on Oceans, Coasts and Islands, this side event addressed ways to advance oceans at Rio+20.

Wendy Watson-Wright, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission-UNESCO, referred to the publication “Blueprint for Ocean and Coastal Sustainability,” as a guide for advancing ocean issues. Elizabeth Thompson, Rio+20 Executive Coordinator, highlighted linkages between green economy and oceans. Amb. Gary Quinlan, Australian Permanent Mission to the UN, noted the need to implement previous agreements. Amb. Joseph Goddard, Permanent Mission of Barbados to the UN, underscored marine resources’ sustainable management to enable developing countries to benefit from ocean resources. Amb. Ronald Jumeau, Permanent Mission of the Seychelles to the UN, called for more involvement on ocean issues.

Minister Plenipotentiary Maria Teresa Mesquita, Brazilian Permanent Mission to the UN, indicated the possibility for an oceans dialogue between the third Rio+20 Preparatory Committee Meeting and Rio+20. Vladimir Jares, UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), said UNCLOS’s 30th anniversary presents an opportunity to address emerging oceans issues. Andrew Hudson, UN-Oceans, called for robust, globally-agreed blue carbon methodologies. Brittany Baschuk and Joe Appiott, NGOs Major Group, underscored conserving high seas biodiversity. Scott Doney, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, addressed ocean acidification in the zero draft. Biliana Cicin-Sain provided a briefing on the High-Level Ocean Event at Rio+20 taking place on 16 June 2012.

 
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Joseph Goddard, Barbados, stressed that Rio+20 follow-up must involve the requisite expertise on ocean issues.

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Ronald Jumeau, Seychelles, highlighted the importance of oceans in the green economy as part of a “blue planet.”

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Elizabeth Thompson, Executive Coordinator for Rio+20, described the widespread interest in oceans in the green economy; and that when the green economy emerged, “it suddenly became very blue.”

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L-R: Ronald Jumeau, Seychelles; Elizabeth Thompson, Rio+20 Executive Coordinator; Wendy Watson-Wright, IOC-UNESCO; Biliana Cicin-Sain, Global Oceans Forum; Gary Quinlan, Australia; Joseph Goddard, Barbados; and Maria Teresa Mesquita, Brazil.
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Water, Food, and Energy Nexus: Why mountains matter

Presented by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
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Amb. Gyan Chandra Acharya, Permanent Representative, Nepal, said that the revised Rio + 20 outcome document should provide for better awareness of sustainable development for mountains, as well as poverty alleviation in these ecosystems.
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David Molden, Director General, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), highlighted the relevance and the pressure of mountain ecosystems.
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Amb. Paul Seger, Permanent Representative, Switzerland, suggested integrating the Lucerne World Mountain Conference held in October 2011 priorities across the Rio+20
outcome.
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This event, chaired by Ambassador Gyan Chandra Acharya, Nepalese Permanent Representative to the UN, aimed to share actions that strengthen the water, food, and energy nexus in the post-Rio+20 regime, including promoting green economy in and beyond the mountains.

On addressing sustainable development mountain issues, David Molden, Director General, ICIMOD, suggested, among others: focusing on people and livelihoods; developing solutions in the water-food-energy nexus; and compensating for mountain ecosystems goods and services.

Amb.r Paul Seger, Swiss Permanent Representative to the UN, underscored the Lucerne World Mountain Conference held in October 2011, which adopted an action plan with seven priorities, including facilitating mountain communities’ fair access to resources.

Amb. Cesare Maria Ragaglinin, Italian Permanent Representative to the UN, highlighted key ways to promote sustainable development in mountains towards Rio+20, such as sustainable tourism.

Amb. Enrique Roman-Morey, supported holding a Mountain Pavilion at Rio+20 to showcase work for sustainable development in mountains.

Brice Lalonde, Rio+20 Executive Coordinator, suggested that ecosystem services from mountains should be adequately compensated through projects piloting payment for ecosystem services.

Ambasssador Talaibek Kydyrov, Permanent Representative of Kyrgyzstan to the UN, supported references to mountains in the draft Rio+20 outcome, as well as global, regional and national mechanisms to compensate services provided by mountains.

Olman Serrano, Coordinator, Mountain Partnership Secretariat, highlighted the relevance of mountain ecosystems and the need to reflect this in the Rio+20 outcome.

 
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L-R: Amb. Cesare Maria Ragaglinin, Italy; Amb. Paul Seger, Switzerland; Amb. Gyan Chandra Acharya, Nepal; and Olman Serrano, Mountain Partnership Secretariat
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Strengthening the Science-Policy Interface for
Sustainable Management of Natural Resources


Presented by the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN, the South African Department for Environmental Affairs, US State Department, ICSU and UNEP

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Ashok Khosla, Co-Chair, International Resource Panel, highlighted the role of credible and authoritative scientific support for specific areas of policy-making.
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Dorah Nteo, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa, wondered whether scientific research should be more democratic and thus open to multi-stakeholder participation.
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Alice Abreu, ICSU, suggested the draft Rio+20 outcome considers: science and technology as fundamental; a global mechanism on international scientific collaboration on sustainable development and targeted capacity building.
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This event, chaired by Minister Plenipotentiary Peter Silberberg, Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN, addressed scientific needs by policy makers and looked at how the science community can support decision-making in a joint path towards a sustainable future.

Arab Hoballah, UNEP, highlighted scaling up institutional innovation and transformation, as well as strengthening the science-policy interface by providing good quality and consolidated information using a holistic and systematic approach.

Alice Abreu, ICSU, said that challenges for a stronger science-policy interface, include, among others: coordination between different disciplinary areas and stakeholders; balance between relevance and usefulness; integration of different kinds of knowledge at different scales; and effective communication to the wider society and decision-makers.

Ashok Khosla, Co-Chair, International Resource Panel, highlighted examples on why science and policy-making must go hand-in-hand, depicting the invention of plastics, which resulted in dangerous effects to the environment.

Thomas Graedel, Yale University, explained that some developing countries will require great amount of materials if they want to “catch-up” with consumption patterns of developed countries. To defer some of the mining this would entail, he suggested promoting recycling, and depicted how science could provide valuable information for developing rational recovery policies.

John Matuszak, US State Department, described data collection by governments and the relevance of having transparent and integrated information at the national level for grounding decision-making.

Dorah Nteo, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa, supported the institutionalization of a science-based policy interface for sustainable development to inform the sustainability arena, while enabling the adoption of national approaches. Rajneesh Dube, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, India, underscored rationalizing consumption patterns and challenges for strengthening the science-policy interface, including capacity building and data management.

Anne Miehe, German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, described a national resource efficiency programme recently approved by her government and underscored the need for stronger indicators reflecting the three dimensions of sustainability.

In the ensuing discussions, participants addressed topics, including strengthening the science-policy interface towards Rio+20 and how to consider traditional knowledge.

 
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View of the side event discussing how the science-policy interphase could be strengthened.
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More Information:

http://www.unep.org/resourcepanel
Contacts:

Janet Salem <resourcepanel@unep.org>

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Related Links
UNCSD or Rio+20 resources
*Informal-Informal meeting website
*Programme of side events
*Third Intersessional Meeting website
*Zero Draft
*Compilation document

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of the Initial Discussions on the “Zero Draft” of the Outcome Document for the UNCSD or Rio+20, 25-27 January 2012, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS coverage of the Second Intersessional Meeting of the UNCSD, or Rio+20, 15-16 December 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
*IISD RS summary report of the Economic Commission for Europe’s Regional Preparatory Meeting for the UNCSD or Rio+20, 1-2 December 2011, Geneva, Switzerland (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the UNCSD or Rio+20 African Regional Preparatory Process, 20-25 October 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the UNCSD or Rio+20) Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Asia Pacific Region, 19-20 October 2011, Seoul, Republic of Korea (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of the UNCSD or Rio+20) Regional Preparatory Meeting for the Arab Region, 16-17 October 2011, Cairo, Egypt
IISD RS coverage of the Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference, 21-23 September 2011, Astana, Kazakhstan
*IISD RS coverage of the UNCSD or Rio+20 Regional Preparatory Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean, 7-9 September 2011, Santiago, Chile
*IISD RS summary report of the UNCSD or Rio+20 Subregional Preparatory Committee for the Pacific Countries, 21-22 July 2011, Apia, Samoa (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the UNCSD or Rio+20) Subregional Preparatory Committee for the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, and South China Sea Countries, 7-8 July 2011, Mahé, Seychelles (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the UNCSD or Rio+20) Subregional Preparatory Meeting for the Caribbean, 20 June 2011, Georgetown, Guyana (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the Keeping the Green Economy Blue: A Workshop in Preparation for the UNCSD or Rio+20), 29 April 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary and analysis of the Second Session of the Preparatory Committee for the UNCSD or Rio+20, 7-8 March 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary and analysis of the First Intersessional Meeting of the UNCSD or Rio+20, 10-11 January 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary and analysis of the First Session of the Preparatory Committee for the UNCSD or Rio+20, 17-19 May 2010, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS coverage of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), 26 August - 4 September 2002, Johannesburg, South Africa
*IISD RS coverage of the UN Conference on Environment and Development, 3-14 June 1992, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
*IISD RS archive of sustainable development meetings
*SDG - A mailing list for news on sustainable development policy
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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