Rio+20 Consultations: Seeking 11 More Young Reporters



When: September to December 2011
Where: Montreal, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Halifax, Québec City, Fredericton, St. John’s and Ottawa

sdg 2010 logoIn collaboration with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO's Youth Advisory Group and the Sierra Youth Coalition, the RCEN has selected 11 young people between the ages of 15 and 30 to act as reporters for a series of national Rio+20 Civil Society Consultations. Reporters will interview consultation participants and document the events on video.

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)—commonly referred to as Rio+20—is taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012. This important global event is happening 20 years after the original Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT), the RCEN has selected key regional environmental NGOs to host consultation events with civil society groups across the country.

The consultations are based on a series of think pieces prepared by the Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future (SF) in relation to the Rio+20 major themes and thought leadership for sustainable development governance. The results of the consultations will inform the Canadian UNCSD delegation as well as the UN Environment Programme and the UNCSD Secretariat. Participants’ recommendations will also be compiled into a draft consultation document to be presented at a final workshop scheduled in Ottawa this November.

Dates, Locations and Reporters:

  • Calgary, AB, June 4 - Alberta Environmental Network
  • Toronto, ON, June 7 - Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy
  • Vancouver, BC, June 22 - One Earth Initiative
  • Montreal, QC, September 21 - Centre for International Sustainable Development Law: Jessica Magonet, Sierra Youth Coalition / Mirco Plante, UNESCO Youth Advisory Group
  • Winnipeg, MB, November - Manitoba Eco-Network: Ryan Simmons, Manitoba Eco-Network
  • Saskatoon, SK, September 17 - Saskatchewan Environmental Society: Heather Landine, Saskatchewan Environmental Society
  • Halifax, NS, October 4 - Sustainability Education in Nova Scotia for Everyone: Olivia Rempel, Ecology Action Centre / Rebecca Sutton, Young Naturalists Club
  • Quebec, QC, October 25, 2011 - Secrétariat des organismes environnementaux du Québec: Pierrick Dupont, UNESCO Youth Advisory Group / Chantal Gailloux, GaïaPresse
  • Fredericton, NB, October 22 - Conservation Council of New Brunswick: Jolaine Arseneau, Youth Environmental Action Network
  • St-John’s, NL, September 19 - Whale Release and Strandings
  • Ottawa, ON, early 2012 – Canadian Environmental Network: Alex Paterson, Sierra Youth Coalition /Chris Royle, UNESCO Youth Advisory Group

For more detailed information, contact Michelle Hak Hepburn, RCEN Biodiversity & Earth Summit Intern, at (613) 728-9810, ext. 235.

Background Information

The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), also known as Rio +20 is taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in June 2012. This is an important event taking place 20 years after the original Earth Summit in 1992, which also took place in Rio.

The first Rio Earth Summit was the second major UN environmental summit. One main theme was that environmental protection and economic growth should not be separate, and that both can be achieved simultaneously. At the Summit, a series of agreements were made to ensure sustainable development across the globe. The results included the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the Statement of Forest Principles. However, perhaps the most notable result of the conference was Agenda 21, which is a comprehensive document and plan to implement sustainable practices.

The upcoming Rio +20 Earth Summit will revisit commitments made to Agenda 21, as well as address some remaining challenges. Rio +20 has two major themes: ‘Green Economy’ and an ‘Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development’. While the Green Economy focuses on sustainable development in the context of poverty eradication, the ‘Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development’ will address global governance issues.

Additional Information

Thank you to the following organizations for making this project possible:

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