ENGO Hosts for Rio+20 Civil Society Consultations



When: March 2011-December 2011

The RCEN, in partnership with the United Nations Environment Program's Regional Office North America (UNEP RONA) and Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future (SF),  has selected 10 ENGO leads representing the different regions of Canada to host and facilitate civil society consultations in preparation for the Rio+20 Earth Summit 2012.

Stakeholder Forum programme on Sustainable Development GovernanceThe workshop consultations will be based on 10 think pieces being prepared by SF related to the Rio+20 major themes and thought leadership for sustainable development governance. The recommendations from all workshops will be compiled into a final outcomes document for release and submission to DFAIT.

Selected ENGO Hosts

  • Anne Beaulieu, Secrétariat des organismes environnementaux du Québec, QC
  • Allyson Brady, Saskatchewan Environmental Society, SK
  • David Coon, Conservation Council of New Brunswick, NB
  • Julie Huntington, Whale Release and Strandings, NL
  • Sébastien Jodoin, Centre de droit international du développement durable, QC
  • Anne Lindsey, Manitoba Eco-Network, MB
  • Rhea Dawn Mahar, Sustainability Education in Nova Scotia for Everyone, NS
  • Rene Michalak, Alberta Environmental Network, AB
  • Emmanuel Prinet, One Earth Initiative, BC
  • Carolyn Webb, Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy, ON

Selected delegates will collaborate with the RCEN International Program to: create a workshop outline; carry out the workshop/consultation in their region; and submit minutes and recommendations stemming from each workshop.

The delegates will also participate in two preparatory teleconference calls to discuss workshop proceedings, logistics, and introduction of the Think Pieces.

Background Information

The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Earth Summit, took place in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992. The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, Agenda 21, Convention on Biological Diversity, Forest Principles and the Framework Convention on Climate Change are the major decisions coming out of the 1992 Earth Summit.

In 2012, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) or 'Rio+20' will take place in Rio de Janeiro. Also referred to as the Rio+20 Earth Summit, due to the initial conference held in Rio in 1992, the objectives of the Summit are: to secure renewed political commitment to sustainable development; to assess progress towards internationally agreed goals on sustainable development and; to address new and emerging challenges. The Summit will also focus on two specific themes: a green economy in the context of poverty eradication and sustainable development, and an institutional framework for sustainable development.

Additional Information

For more information please contact Jessie Sadler, National Caucus Coordinator, at 613-728-9810 ext 224 or by email at jessie@rcen.ca.

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