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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
Keeping the Green Economy Blue:
A Workshop in Preparation for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)

29 April 2011 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

The informal interactive workshop “Keeping the Green Economy Blue” was held on Friday, 29 April 2011, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at UN Headquarters, New York, US. Co-organized by the Permanent Mission of Australia and the Pew Environment Group, the workshop responded to the emerging consensus that healthy oceans are an essential part of the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, and as such should figure prominently in the agenda of the upcoming UN Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012 (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

The workshop assessed the current state of the oceans and marine environment; reviewed the commitments made at the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) and at the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) in 2002; and considered social and economic implications and policy recommendations for transitioning to a “blue economy.”

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A view of the well-attended workshop.
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Susan Lieberman, Director of International Policy, The Pew Environment Group, presenting on existing marine-related goals, gaps in ocean governance, and remaining work to be done.
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Tom Grasso, Senior Adviser, Oceans Program of Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), and Lauretta Burke, Senior Associate, World Resources Institute (WRI), during Burke's presentation on the social and economic implications of coral reef loss.
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Susan Lieberman, Director of International Policy, The Pew Environment Group, and His Excellency Gary Quinlan, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the UN, wrapping up the workshop.
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Ellen Pikitch, Executive Director of the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, Stony Brook University, presenting on the current state of the oceans and marine environment (left). To her right (left to right), His Excellency Gary Quinlan, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Australia to the UN, and Tom Grasso, Senior Adviser, Oceans Program of Environmental Defense Fund."
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Workshop resources
*Workshop website
*Workshop agenda
*Workshop concept paper

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Second Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (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 the 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)
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
*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
*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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