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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) Regional Preparatory Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean

7-9 September 2011 | Santiago, Chile

Highlights for Thursday, 8 September 2011
Rio+20
ECLAC

On Thursday, 8 September, the UNCSD Regional Preparatory Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean continued, focusing discussions on a green economy and a global institutional framework for sustainable development. In the morning, participants convened in a session on a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. Following a presentation by Lucas Assunção, Head of the Trade, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Branch, UNCTAD, on the implications for trade and sustainable development of green economy, delegates discussed their views on the definition of green economy, and how and whether a green economy contributes to sustainable development and poverty eradication.

In the afternoon, the session on the global institutional framework for sustainable development began with presentations by Elliot Harris, Vice-Chair of the UN High Level Committee on Programmes, and Ana Bianchi, LAC Group Vice-Chair, Bureau of the UNCSD Preparatory Process. Delegates then discussed possible institutional arrangements, the advantages and disadvantages of either using existing institutions or creating a new global umbrella organization, and the role of regional organizations. The meeting adjourned at 6:45 pm and will reconvene on Friday afternoon to adopt the outcome of the meeting.

Geneva, Switzerland
A view of the room during the morning discussions on green economy.
Daily highlights (click on the following links to see our daily web pages)
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Ricardo Irarrázabal, Vice Minister of the Environment, Chile (right).
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Graciela Muslera, Minister of Housing, Land Management and Environment, Uruguay.
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Ana Bianchi, Argentina and Bureau of the Preparatory process for the UNCSD (center), presented on the global framework for sustainable development.
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Lucas Assunção, UNCTAD, presented on a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. Seated to his left is Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, ECLAC.
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Elliot Harris, Vice-Chair of the High Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) (right), presented on the global framework for sustainable development.
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Related Links
Meeting resources
*UN Conference on Sustainable Development website
*Meeting website
*Information about the meeting and documents
*Programme of work
*Provisional Agenda of the Meeting of the Member Countries of the Rio de Janeiro Platform for Action on the Road to Johannesburg 2002: Latin America and the Caribbean in Preparation for Rio de Janeiro 2012
*Annotated provisional agenda

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS Summary Report of the UNCSD 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 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 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, 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 2012 UNCSD, 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 UNCSD, 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 UNCSD, 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, 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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