Postado por sjunho - 17 - 2012 0 Comentário

“Engouraging progress” was made by countries on the final day of the last round of talks aimed at reaching agreement on the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), a UN official said today.

Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The Rio+20 Secretary-General, Sha Zukang, stressed that advances were made by the splintered negotiation groups last night, with 37 per cent of the text having been agreed on by stakeholders.

The third and final session of Rio+20′s Preparatory Committee concluded yesterday and was followed by a ceremony handing over the responsibility for the outcome document to Brazil, which holds the presidency of the Conference. The South American nation will now decide on how to proceed to achieve progress on the economic, social and environmental issues at the centre of the negotiations.

“The Conference has entered a new phase,” the Head of the Rio+20 Secretariat, Nikhil Seth, told reporters in Rio de Janeiro this afternoon.

During the handover ceremony, Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota announced that the consultation process on the outcome document is expected to conclude on 18 June. It will then be put forward for adoption by Member States when they meet from 20 to 22 June.

While there has been progress, big issues still remain to be resolved, Mr. Seth noted at the press briefing. These include the reaffirmation of the principles put forward during the first Rio Summit 20 years ago, and the means of implementation of these principles which include technology transfer, financing and capacity-building for developing countries.

Meanwhile, the Rio+20 Global Dialogues kicked off today, with civil society experts, scientists and other major groups discussing key issues linked to the Conference with the public. The dialogues will lead to recommendations, which will then be transmitted to heads of State during the high-level meeting next week. The dialogues, which are organized by the Brazilian Government, will end on Tuesday.

Foto: Site da Organização das Nações Unidas (ONU) – 16 de junho de 2012

Postado por sjunho - 17 - 2012 0 Comentário

There is a sense of “cautious optimism” among delegates negotiating the outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), a UN official said today, stressing that speeding up negotiations is crucial to deliver results before the last round of talks finishes on Friday night.

Rio+20 Head of Office Nikhil Seth. UN Photo/Jenny Rockett


“The biggest enemy now is time,” the Head of the Rio+20 Secretariat, Nikhil Seth, told reporters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this afternoon. After the third and final session of Rio+20’s Preparatory Committee concludes, the responsibility for the outcome document will be handed over to Brazil, which holds the presidency of the Conference. The South American nation will then decide on how to proceed to achieve progress on the economic, social and environmental issues at the centre of negotiations.

“It is clear that everybody wants to finish this process before the arrival of the heads of state,” Mr. Seth said. “It is everyone’s hope that by 19 June everything will be wrapped up. Time is of the essence.”

Mr. Seth also noted that delegates are now working on ‘package deals’ that once agreed will lead to “sweeping agreement” on several paragraphs of the document.

The Conference’s high-level meeting runs 20-22 June, and is expected to bring together over 100 heads of State and government, along with thousands of parliamentarians, mayors, UN officials, chief executive officers and civil society leaders to shape new policies to promote prosperity, reduce poverty and advance social equity and environmental protection.

In a statement on Friday, Rio+20’s Secretary-General, Sha Zukang, said that progress at negotiations is slow but steady, and appealed to participants in a message to focus on the big picture.

“I am confident that once some of the more complicated issues are resolved, such as reaffirmation of Rio principles, means of implementation and ecosystem services, then a host of other paragraphs will be cleared,” he said.

Rio+20 follows on from the Earth Summit in 1992, also held in Rio de Janeiro, during which countries adopted Agenda 21 – a blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection.

Fonte: Site da Organização das Nações Unidas (ONU) – 15 de junho de 2012

Postado por sjunho - 16 - 2012 0 Comentário

More than 2,000 business leaders, investors and labour activists will today gather at a United Nations forum seeking to reach consensus on sustainable policies that will protect the environment, provide safe and fair conditions for workers, and stimulate economic growth, ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, next week.

During the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum: Innovation & Collaboration for the Future We Want, also taking place in Rio de Janeiro, business leaders will have the opportunity to discuss with government and civil society representatives ways in which to implement sustainable policies and trigger innovations, through a series of workshops and thematic sessions linked to Rio+20, such as on energy, water, agriculture and urbanization.

“It is absolutely critical that business leaders be involved in the sustainable development dialogue,” the spokesperson for the Corporate Sustainability Forum, Timothy Wall, said in an interview. “The kind of movement that has been developing around the Rio Summit and the issues that are covered by sustainable development cannot be dealt with satisfactorily without the business community.”

Mr. Wall emphasized that constructive dialogue on the challenges faced by the business community in making their practices more sustainable.

“Labour leaders and activists concerned about the economic arena will take part in the forum providing criticism which is good to get the ideas out on the table and so we have a multi-dimensional view of what businesses are doing, and how can their current activities can be scaled up and increase the momentum for sustainability,” he said.

The four-day forum aims to spark public-private partnerships and encourage commitments and contributions from the business community towards a sustainable future. Participants will also make recommendations to governments on how they can support the private sector in achieving corporate sustainability.

“Business is not against regulations,” Mr. Wall said. “They like to know the rules of the road. Responsible corporations do not mind sanctions for damaging corporate behaviour, and they like incentives to move in a direction that will help the environment and combat poverty.”

The Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum is organized by various organizations including the UN Global Compact, a sustainability scheme joined by more than 6,000 companies that have committed to conduct business in line with human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption principles.

“Almost all our activities every day are economic activities – buying food, driving a car, saving for retirement, putting money in the bank – all involve the private sector,” Mr. Wall said. “If the activities that we engage in are going to be leading to the future we want and taking into account considerations for the planet and for others, we need to adjust and it is crucial that we involve private businesses.”

Fonte: Site da Organização das Nações Unidas (ONU) – 15 de junho de 2012

Postado por smaio - 18 - 2012 0 Comentário

Instituto Humanitas Unisinos promove paletra sobre o tema no dia 23/5

Para fazer um debate sobre os desafios e perspectivas sobre os avanços que o desenvolvimento sustentável traz para o planeta, o Instituto Humanitas Unisinos – IHU, promove no dia 23/5, às 19h30 a palestra Rio+20 e a questão das mudanças tecnológicas, na Sala Ignacio Ellacuría, em São Leopoldo.

Logo disponível no site da Rio + 20 (http://www.rio20.gov.br/)

O evento será ministrado pelo professor do Instituto Alberto Luiz Coimbra de Pós Graduação e Pesquisa em Engenharia (Coppe) da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Dr. Luiz Pinguelli Rosa. Destinado a estudantes e comunidade em geral, a palestra é gratuita.

O objetivo é promover o debate sobre questões ambientais relacionadas à produção e uso da energia nuclear. Pinguelli é bacharel em física pela PUC-RJ, mestre em Engenharia Nuclear pela Coppe UFRJ e Doutor em Física pela PUC-RJ, autor de mais de 150 artigos publicados, além de Secretário Executivo do Fórum Brasileiro de Mudanças Climáticas.

Fonte: J.U. Unisinos, 18 de maio de 2012, Texto: Rodrigo W. Blum

Postado por smaio - 13 - 2012 0 Comentário

Dos 193 países que integram a Organização das Nações Unidas (ONU), 183 já confirmaram participação na Conferência Rio+20 e 135 já solicitaram direito de se pronunciar. Esta que ocorrerá de 13 a 22 de junho, na cidade do Rio de Janeiro, tem como temas principais: Economia Verde, no contexto do desenvolvimento sustentável e a erradicação da pobreza, e uma Estrutura institucional para o desenvolvimento sustentável, visando assegurar novas políticas, de forma a empregar um eficiente desenvolvimento sustentável. Tais políticas partem da revisão das falhas e do progresso, até o presente momento, e de uma avaliação dos novos desafios emergentes, como a crise financeira e a recessão proveniente desta; crise energética e alimentícia; além de uma Economia Verde não vinculada à privatização da natureza e dos recursos naturais.

Presenças

Em Brasília, foi confirmado que os presidentes Jacob Zuma (África do Sul) e Vladimir Putin (Rússia), além dos primeiros-ministros da Índia, Manmohan Singh, e da China, Wen Jiabao, estarão na Rio+20. No começo da semana, o presidente eleito da França, François Hollande, que elogiou a política social do Brasil, também confirmou sua vinda ao País para o evento.

Por enquanto, 116 chefes de Estado e de Governo informaram que estarão presentes às discussões. Muitos governos enviarão ministros e assessores para o evento por dificuldades com a agenda política interna. O presidente dos Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, por exemplo, está em campanha pela reeleição.

Consenso

A RIO+20 tem como prerrogativa uma maior cooperação e coordenação entre organizações internacionais e acordos ambientais, aliados aos seus respectivos planos e metas, de acordo com o nível nacional e internacional de suas ações. Lembrando que a mesma marca os vinte anos da Conferência da ONU sobre o Meio Ambiente e Desenvolvimento (Eco 92), que obteve a participação de 176 países e 1400 ONGs, bem como o estabelecimento de duas convenções: uma sobre biodiversidade e outra sobre mudanças climáticas, cujo principal instrumento é o Protocolo de Kyoto. Também houve o surgimento da Agenda 21, um plano de ação que entende que as gestões social, econômica e ambiental estão inter-relacionadas na busca por melhorias das condições ambientais.

“Para um futuro sustentável, precisamos de ações robustas e transformadoras em todos os níveis e estes passos na negociação para a RIO+20 são vitais para garantir que tenhamos resultados e compromissos na conferência para o benefício de todos e de nosso planeta.” Secretário Geral Sha Zukang.

Para mais informações acesse: http://www.rio20.gov.br/

Fonte: CenárioMT.com.br, 11 de maio de 2012