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DRAFT PROGRAMME/AGENDA

AN INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON STRENGTHENING PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION CAPACITIES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN POST RIO CONTEXT
{Note: Maximum amount allotted for each presentation is 15 minutes so that there is sufficient time for interactive discussion. Speakers are encouraged to strictly observe this time limit.}


Day 1 (14 November, Wednesday) Theme: Embracing NSDS and Planning for Sustainable Development:

Innovations, Challenges and Opportunities


Registration: 8:00 to 9:00 hrs
Opening Session: Welcome Remarks and Keynote Address (9:00 to 09:50 hrs)


  • Welcome remarks: Mr. M. Aslam Chaudhry, Head of Office, UNOSD, Incheon

  • Opening remarks: Mr. Song, Jae-yong, Deputy Minister of Environment, ROK

  • Keynote address 1: Mr. Brice Lalonde, Asstistant Secretary-General, UNDESA, New York

  • Keynote address 2: Mr. Young, Soo-Gil, Chairperson, Presidential Green Growth Committee, ROK




Session 1: Development and Implementation of NSDS: Challenges and Lessons Learned

(09:50 to 13:15 hrs including nutrition/networking break of 20 minutes)




Chair/Moderator: Mr. Mark Halle, IISD, Geneva

Rapporteur: Mr. Francois Fortier, UNOSD, Incheon

  • Video opener: Chief Almir Suruí of the Paiter Suruí presenting to the 2011 Eye on Earth Summit on the SD strategy of the Sete de Setembro Indigenous Territory, Brasil




  • Role of NSDS in advancing sustainable development: issues, challenges and opportunities

Global Assessment

  • Trends in strategies at the national and sub-national levels: Mr. Darren Swanson, IISD (Canada) and Mr. Andreas Esche (Bertelsmann Stiftung)


Regional Trends

  • African region: Ms. Anna Kawimbe, Ministry of Finance, Zambia

  • Asia and Pacific region: Ms. Ella Antonio, The Earth Council, Asia-Pacific, Philippines

National Presentation

  • Singapore: Ms. Mary-Anne Pan, Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Singapore

Interactive discussion on the following questions:

  • What were the main successes experienced over the past 20 years of strategy-making for sustainable development?

  • What were the main challenges and failures?

  • What do we need to do today to build on the successes and overcome the challenges to get on a successful track of planning and implementation for sustainable development?


Lunch Break (13:15 to 14:45 hrs)

Session 2: Parallel Working Groups

(14:45 to 17:45 hrs including networking/nutrition break of 20 minutes)



Working Group 1

Reconciling National Planning Instruments

Chair/Facilitator: Ms. Ingeborg Niestroy, Public Strategy for Sustainable Development, Brussels

Rapporteur: Ms. Anja Wucke, Project Officer, GIZ, Germany

  • Seed Presentation 1:- Key findings from the GEO-5 report and relevance for NSDS: Mr. Jinhua Zhang, UNEP, Bangkok

  • Seed Presentation 2:- Zambia case study on integration of PRSP and NSDS with 5th National Development Plan: Ms. Anna Kawimbe, Ministry of Finance, Zambia

  • Seed Presentation 3:- Reconciling NSDS objectives with other planning documents and processes in ROK: Ms. Inkyu Shin, Ministry of Environment, ROK

Interactive discussion on the following questions:

  • What were the main successes experienced over the past 20 years of strategy-making for sustainable development with respect to reconciling national planning instruments?

  • What were the main challenges and failures?

  • What do we need to do today to build on the successes and overcome the challenges?




Working Group 2

Suitability of Existing Knowledge and Capacity Building Efforts for SD Planning

Chair/Facilitator: Mr. Zafar Adeel, INWEH/ United Nations University, Canada

Rapporteur: Ms. Birgitte Alvarez-Rivero, DSD/ UNDESA, New York

  • Seed Presentation 1:- Making transition towards sustainability: assessment of knowledge and capacity gaps: Mr. Francois Fortier, UNOSD, Incheon

  • Seed Presentation 2:- Education for sustainable development: Experiences from a capacity development program aimed at implementing ESD in India, Mexico, South Africa and Germany: Ms. Shamita Kumar, Professor, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune, India

  • Seed Presentation 3:- Emerging knowledge and capacity building needs in post Rio context: Ms. Ella Antonio, The Earth Council, Asia-Pacific, Philippines

Interactive discussion on the following questions:

  • What were the main successes experienced over the past 20 years of strategy-making for sustainable development with respect to knowledge sharing and capacity building?

  • What were the main challenges and failures?

  • What do we need to do today to build on the successes and overcome the challenges?




Day 2 (15 November, Thursday) Theme: Elaborating National Sustainable Development Strategies in the Post Rio Context




Session 3: Mainstreaming Rio+20 Outcomes into NSDS and Other Planning Instruments

(9:00 to 13:00 hrs including networking/nutrition break of 20 minutes)


Recap of day 1 and organization of day 2: Mr. M. Aslam Chaudhry, Head of Office, UNOSD



Chair/Moderator: Mr. Brice Lalonde, DESA, United Nations, New York

Rapporteur: Mr. Sang-In Kang, UNOSD, Incheon

Video opener: the World Economic Forum’s 2012 Global Risks Report

  • Keynote address: Mr. Mark Halle, IISD, Geneva

  • Global perspectives on green growth policies: an analysis of recent thinking: Mr. Myung Kyoon Lee, Global Green Growth Institute, Seoul, ROK

  • Moving from MDGs to SDGs: implications for capacity building—the case of water and sanitation sector: Mr. Zafar Adeel, INWEH/UNU, Canada

  • Institutional governance for sustainable development: connecting the dots between global, regional and national level implementation: Mr. Jan Gustav Strandenaes, ANPED, Norway

  • Facilitating transition towards green economy in post-Rio context: UNEP’s green economy initiative: Ms. Joy Kim, UNEP/Green Economy Initiative, Geneva

  • Transition from NSDS to green growth policies in Republic of Korea: Mr. Byung-Wook Lee, Korean Environment Institute, Seoul

Interactive discussion on the following questions:

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages in using a green growth framing for national and subnational strategy-making?

  • How will an integrated set of SDGs and MDGs benefit national and subnational strategy-making for sustainable development?

  • What are the key enabling conditions or incentives for sustainable development strategy-making at the national, subnational and local levels?

Lunch Break (13:00 to 14:30 hrs)





Session 4: Parallel Working Groups

(14:30 to 17:30 hrs including networking/nutrition break of 20 minutes)



Working Group 3

Facilitating Transition Towards a Green Economy

Chair/Facilitator: Mr. Mark Halle, IISD, Geneva

Rapporteur: Ms. Birgitte Alvarez-Rivero, DSD/UNDESA, New York

  • Seed Presentation 1:- What will it take to ensure transition towards green economy: Mr. Brice Lalonde, DESA, United Nations, New York

  • Seed Presentation 2:- Emerging issues in making transition towards green economy: Ms. Joy Kim, UNEP/Green Economy Initiative, Geneva

  • Seed Presentation 3:- Ehiopia’s experiences on green economy strategies and initiatives: Mr. Aloto Habte, Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Addis Ababa

Interactive discussion on the following questions:

  • What have been the main successes experienced recently with respect to strategies for transitioning to a green economy?

  • What were the main challenges?

  • What do we need to do today to build on the successes and overcome the challenges?



Working Group 4

Strengthening Institutional Governance for Reconciling Planning Processes

Chair/Facilitator: Mr. Gunther Bachmann, German Sustainable Development Council

Rapporteur: Ms. Shamita Kumar, Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune, India

  • Seed Presentation 1:- Reviving national sustainable development councils: issues and way forward: Mr. Farooq Ullah, Stakeholders Forum, UK

  • Seed Presentation 2:- How different actors can contribute in strengthening SD governance? Ms. Ndey-Isatou Njie, DSD/UNDESA, NY

  • Seed Presentation 3:- Perspectives on the institutional framework for sustainable development: Mr. Simon Olsen, IGES/Japan

  • Seed Presentation 4:- Guyana’s experiences in strengthening institutional governance for sustainable development: Mr. Joslyn McKenzie, Ministry of Nat. Res. and Env., Guyana

Interactive discussion on the following questions:

  • What were the main successes experienced over the past 20 years of strategy-making for sustainable development with respect to multi-stakeholder participation?

  • What were the main challenges and failures?

  • What do we need to do today to build on the successes and overcome the challenges?






Day 3 (16 November, Friday) Theme: Accelerating Implementation




Session 5: Scaling up of Good Practices

(09:00 to 13:00 hrs including networking and nutrition break of 20 minutes)


Recap of day 2 and organization of day 3: Mr. M. Aslam Chaudhry, Head of Office, UNOSD


Chair/Moderator: Ms. Ndey-Isatou Njie, DSD/UNDESA, New York

Rapporteur: Mr. Simon Olsen, IGES/Japan

Video opener: Scaling up of successful practices: Uldalsarea21 Local Agenda21 Network, Spain’s Basque Country

  • Keynote address: Mr. Gunther Bachmann, German Sustainable Development Council

  • Sharing information and toolkits for advancing sustainable development: Ms. Anja Wucke, Project Manager, GIZ, Germany

  • Strengthening stakeholders coordination for scaling up of successful practices: Mr. Jan Gustav Strandenaes, ANPED, Norway and Farooq Ullah, Stakeholders Forum, UK

  • Role of community-of-practice networks in capacity building for sustainable development strategies: Mr. Darren Swanson, IISD and, Mr. Bishunarine Tulsie, Saint Lucia National Trust

  • Using e-governance for advancing sustainable development: Mr. Gregory Pokorny, National Information Society Agency (NIA), Seoul, ROK

  • Country case studies on scaling up of good practices

  • Costa Rica:- on scaling up payment for eco-services: Mr. Manuel Dengo, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations, Geneva

  • China:- on scaling up of green economy policies: Mr. Kuancheng Tang, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People’s Republic of China


Interactive discussion on the following questions:

  • What are the key factors for scaling up good sustainable development policies and programmes?

  • What are the key factors for accelerating the pace of knowledge sharing and capacity building for sustainable development strategy-making?

  • What roles different stakeholders can play in scaling up efforts?

Lunch Break (13:00 to 14:30 hrs)





Closing Session (14:30 to 16:30 hrs)

Chair/Moderator: Mr. M. Aslam Chaudhry, Head of Office, UNOSD

  • Presentations of working groups reports (facilitators of working groups)

  • Summary of recommendations of the Incheon meeting

  • Discussion/comments on the recommendations

  • Next steps and closing of the meeting


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