By John Hontelez (FSC Chief Advocacy Officer)
“The Future We Want” is the title of a foreseen document which sets the agenda that governments meeting at the Rio+20 Conference agreed upon. It presents a common vision, expresses a renewed political commitment to the Rio principles of 20 years ago and past action plans, presents views on how a green economy can promote sustainable development and poverty eradication, lays out an agenda for the institutional strengthening of the UN system for sustainable development and for the formulation, by 2015, of a set of Sustainable Development Goals, and describes a “Framework of Action” on specific areas and in specific parts of the world. Read more>>
16 June, 11:00 – 13:00
Espaço Arena da Barra, Auditorium ARN-2
Join Roberto Smeraldi, Director of Amigos da Terra and Professor Ben Cashore, from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies for a honest assessment of the state of affairs of Rio+20. Does the Framework of Actions provide effective tools to halt the decline of biodiversity globally? Following this, Dr. Ruth Nussbaum, Director of Proforest will look at the role of public procurement policies in promoting forest certification in pioneer countries. Finally, Amy Duchelle, an expert on CIFOR will look at the challenges, achievements, and realities facing smallholders and forest communities in the context of forest certification. Download program>>
FSC’s first side event was a great success, with high attendance and a captive audience creating a great environment for a meaningful series of discussions. Presenting were:
- Roberto Waack (Amata) - The impact of FSC on sustainable forest management in Brazil
- Dr. Ruth Nussbaum (Proforest) - Promoting Forest Certification
- Amy Duchelle (CIFOR) - Focusing on smallholders and forest communities: achievements and challenges at the local level
FSC Brazil Director Fabiola Zerbini took FSC in a Panel Debate on The Global Unions Agenda and Actions. The panel was an engaging and productive discussion on the issues of working peoples in the context of the Global Unions agenda.
FSC contributed to the discussion by raising the role of FSC certification in guaranteeing social rights, receiving a great deal of positive feedback and questions. Panellists included representatives of Governments, Employers among other organizations.
Today, FSC will have an exhibition space at Riocentro.
Join us in the Major Groups Pavilion (Pavilion T). Meet FSC experts, get answers to your questions, and learn more about FSC’s contribution to achieving Rio+20’s goals.
Make sure you look for the tree and check logo when you next pick up a Rio+20 publication!
Cast your vote and help us to promote forest certification and sustainable public procurement for the Rio+20 Sustainable Development Dialogues!
"UNEP shows that although actions taken since the first Rio Conference twenty years ago have had some impact, they have been insufficient to reverse negative environmental trends. Forests are one of the ecosystems essential for resilience against devastating climate change, they provide livelihoods for millions of people, and indispensable resources for all of us. Worryingly, they continue to disappear or deteriorate, in particular in the tropics. In October 2010, governments agreed on biodiversity targets, aiming to nearly halt deforestation by 2020 and restore degraded ecosystems. That first step needs to be complemented in Rio with an effective set of actions that integrate environmental protection, social justice and progress with greening our economies.”
Andre de Freitas - FSC Director General