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Towards and Beyond Rio+20: Sustainable Development Delivery at the Regional Level

official side-event of United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Conference

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18 June 2012 Governance & Economy Department Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum) Sustainable Development

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Asia-Europe Strategies for Earth Summit 2012 is an initiative of the Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVforum), a partnership between the Asia-Europe Foundation, the Hanns Seidel Foundation, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, the Swedish Environmental Secretariat for Asia in co-operation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The project aims to promote dialogue around an Asia-Europe position on the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development (IFSD) for International Environmental Governance (IEG) reform, to inform discussions at the Earth Summit 2012 (known as Rio+20).

The ENVforum commissioned research by sustainable development and governance experts on: (1) IFSD reform options, including a Sustainable Development Council; (2) IEG reform and the future of UNEP; and (3) the state of play on regional and national mechanisms for Sustainable Development. ‘The Future We Want’ is an interim summary of recommendations resulting from interaction among the expert researchers. The ENVforum will release the full research report ‘Global Architectures for Sustainable Development Delivery’ in June 2012.

The outcomes of this reseach will be presented during the side-event "Towards and beyond Rio+20" in order to stimulate the discussion about the regional mechanism for sustainable development architecture.


Visualizing commitments and identifying opportunities at regional level

This side event aims to interconnect high political representatives/managers of regional organizations, agencies and other regional mechanism working in the field of sustainable development. The complex and ambitious roadmap towards Rio+20 requires not only strong political will from parties but also an inclusive process where all stakeholders are offered the possibility to interact and commit according to their respective mandate, field of expertise, interest and capacities.

The Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development requires commitments and action at all levels and in this respect it is essential to analyse the contribution of regional organizations, mechanisms and IGO´s operating at regional level outside the UN system. Based on their mandate and area of expertise, this interactive round table should identify concrete opportunities and synergies for potential cooperation within their respective regions and across regions.

Please consult the programme about more details.



  • Hanns Seidel Foundation, Jakarta Office
  • Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
  • Regional Environmental Center
  • Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) - Government of Sweden
  • United Nations Environment Programme
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