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Government ministers, heads of UN agencies, business leaders, senior scientists and other experts in sustainable development are set to show that a fairer, greener world is a realistic vision when they speak at a major conference convened by the International Institute for Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro on 16-17 June.
IIED has designed ‘Fair ideas: sharing solutions for a sustainable planet’ to share expertise, ideas and practical experiences from around the world that demonstrate what can be done to tackle poverty and unsustainable development. (Full programme/registration)
Taking place immediately before Heads of States gather in Rio for the UN Conference on Environment and Development (Rio+20), the conference will provide concrete recommendations for policy and action at local, national and global levels.
Global leaders in sustainable development policy, research and practice who will speak at IIED’s event include:
In contrast to the doom and gloom narrative that will ring out often in Rio next month, the IIED conference will provide a rich mix of positive stories, ground-tested solutions and visionary leadership. Through parallel series of plenary sessions, panel discussions, workshops, seminars and other events, the conference will address four broad themes:
“People are coming to Fair ideas to share practical solutions and new ideas that together can help shift global thinking, add momentum to the official summit and demonstrate to political leaders and citizens around the world that sustainable development is within reach,” says Dr Tom Bigg, head of partnerships at IIED.
The conference –hosted by the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro – represents a critical milestone in IIED’s 40 year history of policy research to support sustainable development. The institute played a central role in the original Rio Earth Summit in 1992 (winning first Blue Planet Prize as a result) and at both its predecessor in Stockholm in 1972 and its follow-up in Johannesburg in 2002.
“IIED is committed to translating our expertise and convening capacity into a wider movement for change,” says IIED’s director Dr Camilla Toulmin. “We see the Rio summit as the start of a process which can lead to real change from local to global levels, and Fair ideas is an important step in this direction.”
Register online for Fair ideas (the conference is free to attend)
For interviews contact:
Dr Camilla Toulmin (Camilla.firstname.lastname@example.org) +44 2034637399
Dr Tom Bigg (email@example.com) +44 2034637399
NOTES TO EDITORS
About the International Institute for Environment and Development: IIED is a policy research organisation with 40 years of experience in linking environment and development. Based in London and working on five continents, we specialise in linking local to global. Through close collaboration with partners at the grassroots, we make our research and advocacy relevant to their needs and alive to their realities.
About the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro: PUC-RIO is a not-for-profit private university that aims to create and spread knowledge that respects human values and Christian ethics, and delivers real benefits to society. Widely acclaimed for its excellence in fields ranging from law to economics, PUC-RIO is also renowned for its long-standing and far-reaching links with researchers and students across the world.
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