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Posted on Sustainabilitank.info on May 10th, 2013
by Pincas Jawetz (PJ@SustainabiliTank.com)

 

 

Obstacles to Sustainability at Centre of High-level discussions at UN Economic and Social Council
 
Monday, 13 May from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDTECOSOC Chamber at UN Headquarters

 

Concerned that implementation of sustainable development is seriously lagging, world leaders at Rio+20 committed to fostering and implementing sustainable development at all levels. To this end, the Economic and Social Council is taking action to fulfill its integration mandate.
The Council is gathering a wide range of senior officials and civil society representatives to examine how science, technology and innovation can contribute to the integration of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development for triple-win solutions in the energy and agriculture sectors at the upcoming ECOSOC Integration Meeting on 13 May. The theme is: Achieving sustainable development: Integrating the social, economic and environmental dimensions.
 
The dialogue aims to identify triple-win solutions that can emerge from a sustainable development approach, as well as measures to strengthen the science-policy interface. The dialogue will also help identify steps needed for the Council and its subsidiary bodies to effectively promote the integration of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. The outcome of the discussion will be considered by ministers when they meet for the Annual Ministerial Review in Geneva in July.
 
The event is open to the press. But will it be open to the truly interested press? Those affiliated with the topic of SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT that for years were excluded from what the UN defined as accredited media? We can hope only that the present leader of the DPI will establish a new policy to help the evolving efforts to turn the up to now useless ECOSOC into the intended Commission or Council for Sustainability – or what the Sustainable Development Commission was intended for but never became.
 
More information:
For a full list of speakers, visit:
www.un.org/en/ecosoc/we/pdf/programme.pdf
 
For more background information, visit: www.un.org/en/ecosoc/we/pdf/concept_note_2013.pdf
 
Media contact:
Daniel Shepard, shepard@un.org, +1 212-963-9495 – UN Department of Public Information
Paul Simon, simonp@un.org, +1 917-367-5027 – UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs


 

2013 Economic and Social Council
Integration Meeting
Achieving sustainable development: Integrating the
social, economic and environmental dimensions

 

Monday, 13 May 2013
10:00 a.m. – 06:00 p.m.
ECOSOC Chamber
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Draft programme
 

 

Opening plenary
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 10:00 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. 

Official welcome:                      

                                                                                                                       
Ø        H.E. Ambassador Néstor Osorio, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council
Ø        Mr. Jan Eliasson, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations
Ø        Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
 
Session 1:          Policy convergence for sustainable development
__________________________________________________________

0:25 a.m. – 01:00 p.m.

Moderator:
Mr. Adnan Z. Amin, Director General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
                       
Keynote speech:
Ø        Mr. José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)  (via video link)
 
Panellists:
Ø        H.E. Mr. Michael Anderson,  Prime Minister’s
Special Envoy for UN Development Goals, United Kingdom 
Ø        H.E. Ms. Sus Ulbæk, Ambassador, Global Challenges, Global Green Growth Forum (3GF), Denmark  (via video link)
Ø        Ms. Gisela Alonso, President, the Cuban Agency of Environment, Cuba (tbc)
Ø        Mr. Ian Noble, Lead Scientist, Global Adaptation Institute, Washington D.C.
Ø        Mr. José Antonio Ocampo, Chairperson, United Nations Committee for Development Policy
 
Discussant:
Ø        Ms. Jan McAlpine, Director, United Nations Forum on Forests Secretariat, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
 
Discussion questions: 
·          What are the potential short-term policy choices and longer-term gains inherent in an approach that balances and integrates the three dimensions of sustainable development?
·          What are necessary elements for achieving policy coherence for the balanced integration of the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development?

 Session 2:         Scaling up for sustainable development
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03:00 p.m. – 05:50 p.m.

Moderator:
Ø        Mr. Robert C. Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, United Nations
 
Keynote speech:
Ø        Mr. Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General, UNIDO  (via video link)
 
Panellists:
Ø        H.E. Mr. Kenred Dorsett, Minister of Environment and Housing, The Bahamas (TBC)
Ø        Ms. Hunter Lovins, President, Natural Capitalism
Ø        Mr. Gary Lawrence, Corporate Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, AECOM
Ø        Mr. Philip Dobie, Senior Fellow, World Agroforestry Centre
 
Discussant:
Ø        Mr. Felix Dodds, Former Executive Director of Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future
 
Discussion questions: 
·          How do science, technology and innovation (STI) intersect with sustainable development and be better used to promote triple-win solutions?
·          What kind of institutional framework and governance arrangements are needed for the successful integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development at the regional and country levels?
·          What specific steps are needed for ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies to effectively promote a balanced integration of the three dimensions of sustainable development?
 
 Closing plenary
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 05:50 p.m. – 06:00 p.m.

Closing remarks:
Ø        Mr. Wu Hongbo, Under-Secretary-General, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Ø        H.E. Ambassador Néstor Osorio, President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council
 

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