ESDN Conference 2012

“Rio+20 and its implications for Sustainable Development Policy at the EU and national level”

Copenhagen 28 - 29 June 2012

The ESDN Conference 2012 took place in Copenhagen, Denmark on 28-29 June 2012 and was organized by the ESDN in cooperation with the Danish EU Presidency.

The ESDN Conference 2012 was entitled “Rio+20 and its implications for Sustainable Development Policy at the EU and national level”. Taking place shortly after the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, the ESDN Conference 2012 provided a platform to reflect on the results of Rio+20 and to discuss their implications on content and SD governance for the different political levels. Moreover, the ESDN Steering Group will, together with the conference participants, develop recommendations for implementing the Rio+20 results in practice.

Keynote Presentations
Session 1: 20 years of UNCSD and growing socio-economic challenges in Europe

From Rio to Rio+20 –The ongoing challenge of integrating the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development in Europe

William M. Lafferty: ProSus Perspectives, Norway

Euro/debt crises, growing imbalances and social rupturesin Europe–a critical perspective in the context of sustainable development

Stephan Schulmeister: Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)

Session 2: Rio+20 results and their implications

Overview on results of Rio+20 –UN Conference on Sustainable Development: Green Economy, Institutional Framework and renewing commitment for SD, SG Goals

Chris Vanden Bilcke: Head of the UNEP Liaison Office to the EU

Implications of Rio+20 results –perspectives from stakeholder involvement and SD councils

Inge Paulini: Secretary-General, German Advisory Council on Global Change

Implications of Rio+20 results –perspectives from the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)

Richard Adams: EESC Member and Vice-President of the Sustainable Development Observatory

Breakout Session

Eurostat’s Rio+20 Guidebook “Figures for the Future”
Markus Hametner: Vienna University of Economics and Business & Viktoria Bolla: Eurostat

Session 3: Working groups –in-depth discussion of Rio+20 results & current crises and their implications for SD
Session 4: Rio+20 and its implications: Future needs and challenges

After Rio+20: Future needs and remaining challenges – Perspectives on SD for the next generations

Alan AtKisson: International Policy Advisor, AtKisson Group Stockholm

Future challenges after the Rio+20 Conference

Ida Auken: Danish Minister for the Environment

Session 5: Recommendations for implementing Rio+20 results