Gearing Up For Rio+20
The Worldwatch Institute Europe, together with our parent organization Worldwatch Institute, is sending a delegation of 10 representatives to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20. Before the start of Rio+20, some of us will also travel to other Brazilian cities—Sao Paulo, Recife, and Salvador de Bahia—to launch the Brazilian edition of State of the World 2012.
View of Rio from the Pão de Açúcar cable car
One of the key goals is to highlight innovative programs with regard to housing, public transport, infrastructure, residency rights and land tenure, participatory planning and governance, and to discuss how to overcome barriers to achieving more just cities.
On June 17, Climate and Energy Program Director, Alexander Ochs and Research Associate, Evan Musolino will host a dinner discussion in Rio about the development of renewable energy indicators, based on their work with the International Renewable Energy Agency.
On the 19th of June, we will be hosting an official side event, organized by Worldwatch Europe. At 7:30 pm, “Voices from Europe: Build a Living Economy” will be heard at the RioCentro Exhibition & Convention Center, in Room T-6.
Also on the 19th of June, Nourishing the Planet project director, Danielle Nierenberg will be speaking on food waste panel hosted by the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA) and the Ecumenical Coalition. The event will take place at 9:15 am at the Peoples Summit for Social and Environmental Justice in the Ecumenical Food Tent in the Parque do Flamengo.
And on the final day of the Rio+20 conference, June 22, we will have the honor of presenting State of the World 2012 with the Ford Foundation at Rio’s Palacio da Cidade, the Mayor’s official residence. Speakers will include Mayor Eduardo Paes, Worldwatch President Robert Engelman, among others.