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JUIN 2012

RIO 2012 : Sustainable Development Out of the Age of Innocence

Date : 16 juin 2012

Horaire : 11h00-18h00

Lieu : Parque dos Atletas

Pavilion of the Government of the State of Rio de Janeiro

Auditorium B


This event will organize a wide exchange of views between scientists coming from various disciplines and continents about what the lessons learnt, twenty years after Rio 92 and forty years after Stockholm72 about three critical dimensions of the sustainability agenda : climate change, biodiversity and ecological services, urbanization and territorial development.

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Date : 18 juin 2012

Horaire : 11h00-12h30

Lieu : Room : Barra Arena, UN7


This event will examine why transforming the various declarations, conventions and Protocols into practical policies remains unfinished business, and on how to move forward in an adverse context marked by the financial crisis and concerns about the consequences of
economic globalization. The underlying premise is that neither scientific alerts nor ethical claims aloneare convincing enough to induce collective action. We must outgrow the “age of innocence” and recognize that the
financial crisis and its trail of unemployment, worsening poverty and international tensions put decision-makers under harsh pressures when real choices must be made. The first roundtable will derive lessons from past experience onhow scientific knowledge is received and incorporated in societiesresponses, and on how solidarity with future generations can be operationalized. The second roundtable will be devoted to the articulation of top-down search for reforms and bottomup initiatives by local authorities to promote sustainable development.

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