Side Events GC/GMEF 2013







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Rapid Change in the Arctic

The aim is to focus political attention on rapid environmental change in the Arctic region with a view to influencing future policy-making and associated project proposals.


CR 13

ROE‚ RONA‚ DEPI‚ DEWA‚ Arctic Council
Ivonne Higuero, ROE



UNEP´s role in the Post-2015 Development Agenda and SDGs and 10YFP SCP

Side event aims to initiate a multi stakeholder dialogue on UNEP´s role in the post- 2015 development agenda ensuring that environmental goals and targets are integrated with SDGs with due regard for the provision of data to monitor the achievement of goals.
Making the shift to SCP patterns has been recognized as an overarching objective of‚ and prerequisite for sustainable development.
The establishment of the 10YFP creates the necessary platform and partnerships to deliver support‚ on the ground‚ to governments‚ business and civil society to make this shift. The programmes that make up the 10YFP will help governments construct policies that ensure that planning and development policies promote resource efficiency and reduce environmental damage‚ thus increasing the net contribution of economic activities to human welfare. Indicators of resource efficiency and pollution intensity could be critical tools to guide the future SDGs towards outcomes that deliver truly sustainable development. The side event will briefly explore these inter-linkages‚ using some concrete examples drawn from experience with SCP policies‚ tools and partnerships.


CR 14


Fatoumata Keita-Ouane‚ DEWA
0717 732 125
Gerard Cunningham‚ DEWA




Building the Ecological Foundation of Food Security: The Case for Sustainable and Resilient Ecological Food systems in agriculture dominated landscapes in Africa

The event will discuss concrete steps to support building resilient ecological food systems in agriculture-dominated landscapes. The objective of the side event is therefore to share information on targeted ecological actions that provide opportunities for addressing perennial food insecurity in Sub Saharan Africa. The side eve also represents an opportunity to determine future cooperation and political commitment in promoting ecosystem based adaptation approaches as a critical component of building resilient ecological food systems‚ both at the global‚ regional and national levels.


CR 13

Richard Munang‚ DEPI
Tel: 20 762 5727

Chief Scientist‚ DEWA‚ DEPI

Sunday Leonard‚ Chief Scientist Office‚ DEWA
sunday.leonard@unep. org



Climate and Clean Air Coalition to reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC)

Short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs)‚ including methane‚ black carbon‚ tropospheric ozone‚ and many hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)‚ are responsible for a substantial fraction of near-term climate change‚ with a particularly large impact in sensitive regions of the world. Fast action to reduce these pollutants has the potential to slow down the warming expected by 2050 by as much as 0.5°C‚ as well as prevent over two million premature deaths each year and avoid annual crop losses of over 30 million tons.
Recognizing that mitigation of the impacts of these pollutants is critical in the near term‚ 26 countries and the European Commission‚ along with more than 20 intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations have come together to address the issue in a coordinated manner.  This side event aims to highlight the multiple benefits of mitigating short-lived climate pollutants for public health‚ agricultural crop production and local and global climate and to highlight actions being undertaken by countries. The side event will also showcase the actions of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition as it celebrates its first year anniversary.


CR 1

Sandra Cavalieri DTIE



Social Dialogue for Green and Decent Jobs. Sustain Labor

The struggle against inequality and poverty and the need to provide with equal opportunities to all should be considered in green economy. Focus on green jobs will help economies to progress towards a low carbon‚ environmentally sustainable future. Sustainlabour is carrying out this side event in collaboration with the Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU) and the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and funded by the EU.


Room 9+10

Sustainlabour‚ COSATU‚ ETUC‚ DRC/MGSB
Jose de Mesa‚ DRC/MGSB
0717 731 382



Strengthening the human rights and environment nexus for sustainable development

To inform and sensitive participants on the importance of the nexus between human rights and the environment for sustainable development‚ and to promote the mainstreaming of such nexus into environmental policy and international cooperation‚ taking into consideration the Rio+20 outcome and the recent establishment of an Independent Expert onthe issue of human rights obligations related to the enjoyment of a safe‚ clean‚ healthy and sustainable environment under the Human Rights Council.


CR 13

Maria Cristina Zucca‚ DELC
20 762 5256



Presentation of Road Map on the process of establishment of an instrument on the application of Principle 10 in LAC

To build a common space for the purpose of deepening political‚ economic‚ social and cultural development of our region and establishing effective commitments and joint action for the promotion of sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean‚ in a framework of democracy‚ full respect for human rights‚ solidarity‚ cooperation‚ complementarity through application of Principle 10 and establishment of regional instrument starting with relevant road map.
Initiative of Chile‚ Costa Rica‚ Dominican Republic‚ Ecuador‚ Jamaica‚ Mexico‚ Panama‚ Paraguay‚ Brazil‚ Peru and Uruguay.


CR 14

Permanent Mission of Chile‚ DRC/MGSB
Alexander Juras‚ DRC/MGSB



Africa priority flagship program-mes in follow-up to Rio+20 outcomes

To share with GC/GMEF participants Africa priority flagship programmes in follow-up to Rio+20 outcomes adopted by the 14th session of AMCEN and to attract new potential partners for their implementation.


CR 13

David Ombisi‚ AMCEN Secretariat‚ ROA
0728 600 489