22 June 2012
Rio+20 Side Events Focus on Resilient Cities, Africa’s Energy Challenges
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On 20 June 2012, events held on the sidelines to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) addressed, inter alia: 20 years of the work of the GEF; resilient cities; Africa's energy future; natural capital accounting; the trade dimension in the follow-up to Rio+20; and oceans science and protection.

20 June 2012: Numerous side events took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in conjunction with the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), including on oceans protection, resilient cities, Africa’s energy challenges, the work of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).

Side events held on 20 June 2012 included: The Trade Dimension in the Follow-Up to the Rio Plus 20 Summit, organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA); Know our Ocean, Protect our Marine Treasures, Empower Ocean Citizens, organized by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Fond Tara, the Government of Denmark, the Sandwatch Foundation and UNESCO World Heritage Centre; Resilient Cities – Fostering Local Action for Sustainable Development, organized by the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability; High-Level Dialogue on Natural Capital Accounting, organized by the Government of the UK, the World Bank and the Natural Capital Declaration; Renewing Africa’s Energy Future, organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA); From Rio to Rio: A 20-year Journey to Green the World’s Economies, organized by the GEF, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment, and the Secretariats of the Rio Conventions; Signing Ceremony for the Agreement on the Establishment of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), organized by the Governments of the Republic of Korea, Denmark, Australia and the GGGI. [IISD RS ENBOTS Coverage for 20 June]

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