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UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) Subregional Preparatory Committee for the Pacific Countries

21-22 July 2011 | Apia, Samoa

UNCSD
The UN Conference for Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) Subregional Preparatory Committee for Pacific Countries, convened in Apia, Samoa, on 22 July.   

During the morning session participants discussed global and Pacific regional preparations for Rio+20. Participants then considered green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, focusing on greening the economy in a blue world.
During the afternoon session participants examined institutional frameworks for implementing sustainable development in the Pacific region. Delegates heard presentations on national institutional frameworks for sustainable development, resources for transforming economies, including through climate financing, and on regional partnerships.   

During the closing session, UN ESCAP introduced an outcome document containing recommendations on the green economy and IFSD. Delegates agreed to adopt the document “in principle,” noting countries could provide comments until 30 July 2011. The meeting closed at 4:49pm.

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Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minster of Samoa
Neroni Slade, Pacific Islands Forum
Henry Puna, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, addressing delegates on the blue economy.
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Pacific Island Country Ministers
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L-R: Joan Yang, Pew Environment Group; Constance Vigilance, Commonwealth Secretariat; and Kate Brown, Global Islands Partnership
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L-R: Atu Emberson, UN ESCAP, and Keneti Faulalo, UN DESA
Samoan boy blowing his conch shell.
Samoan fire dancer during the opening ceremony.
Delegate looking at traditional Samoan fabrics during the coffee break.
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Samoan dancers during the opening ceremony.
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*Meeting website
*Meeting agenda
*Report by Panel of Experts on the Transition to a Green Economy: Benefits, Challenges and Risks from a Sustainable Development Perspective
*Secretary-General’s Report on Objectives and Themes of UNCSD
*Secretary-General’s Report on the Five-year review of the Mauritius Strategy (MSI+5)for the Further Implementation of the Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*MSI+5 Regional Assessment Report
*Background Note: High Level Dialogue on The Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development
*UN Conference on Sustainable Development website

IISD RS resources
*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, Mahe, Seychelles (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS summary report of the UNCSD Rio+20 Subregional Preparatory Meeting for the Caribbean, 20 June 2011, Georgetown, Guyana (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)
*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)
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*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
*UNCSD-L - 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
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