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Enhancing science-policy links for Rio+20: the Future Earth initiative

Friday 22 June 2012, 13:00 - 14:30
T-9 (Riocentro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

This side event will explore calls in the Rio+20 outcome document to improve science-policy links, and to develop a new mechanism for international scientific cooperation and collaboration on sustainable development. Speakers will introduce efforts by the scientific community to meet these demands, particularly through the major new initiative Future Earth – research for global sustainability.

Future Earth aims to deliver knowledge to enable societies to meet their sustainable development goals in the coming decades. The event will encourage debate between scientists, policy-makers and civil society on what this initiative should provide, and how it should be structured to ensure that international science is truly collaborating with society and policy-makers, and providing the knowledge needed in the wake of Rio+20.

Future Earth is being established by a unique Alliance for global sustainability including researchers, funders and users of knowledge, comprising the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Belmont Forum of research funders, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations University (UNU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO), with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) supportive, and actively involved in the establishment of Future Earth. Future Earth will build on the strengths of the current Global Environmental Change Programmes: DiversitasIGBPIHDP and WCRP.

Event programme

  1. 13.00: Opening remarks – Yuan Tseh Lee, ICSU president
  2. 13.05: Future Earth presentation – Diana Liverman, co-Director of the Institute of the Environment
               at the University of Arizona, USA
    Moderator: Steven Wilson, ICSU Executive Director
  3. 13.30: High level science-policy panel, with questions from the audience

Panel lists

  1. Diana Liverman, Future Earth Transition Team co-Chair and co-Director, Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona, USA
  2. Carlos Nobre, National Secretary, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Brazil
  3. Irina Bokova, Director General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
  4. Amina Mohamed, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  5. Heide Hackmann, Executive Director, International Social Science Council (ISSC)
  6. Christian Blondin, Director, Cabinet of the Secretary-General and External Relations Department, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) 
  7. Patrick Monfray, co-Chair Belmont Forum and Deputy Head, Environment and Biological Resources department, ANR, France
  8. Tanya Abrahamse, Chief Executive Officer, South African Biodiversity Institute
  9. Robert Watson, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), UK

For more information on Future Earth






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