Driving Innovations towards a Green Economy: Lessons Learned and Recommendations from the field in Asia and the Pacific United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)

Date: Today (June 14th) 

Time: 13:00 – 14:45 

Where: UNEP Pavilion, Athletes Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Focus: Green economy innovation: A look at case studies from Asia and the Pacific. 

Note: Please take a shuttle bus from Rio Centro Convention Center to the Athlete Park for 5 minutes.


13:00 – 13:05 Brief introduction of the Side Event and Programme by Dr. Young Park Regional Director and Representative for Asia and the Pacific, UNEP

13:05 – 13:20 Opening Remarks by Ms. Tomoko Nishimoto, Director, Division of Regional Cooperation, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Opening Remarks by Mr. Yasukuni Shibata, Official, International Strategy Division, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan

Opening Remarks by Mr. Masaya Fujiwara, Principle Fellow, Programme Management Office, Institute for Global Environment Strategies

13:20 – 14:20 Panel Discussions

Mr. Cielito Habito, Professor and Director, Ateneo Center for Economic Research & Development, Philippines

“Community-based Educational and Partnership Action – Carbon Neutral Initiative for Community Empowerment and Climate Change Mitigation” by Mr. Agus Syarip Hidayat, Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI), Indonesia

“Ona Keto Community Reforestation Project” by Mr. Rufus Mahuru, Partners with Melanesians Inc., Papua New Guinea

“Protection of Wildlife via Social Mainstreaming, Capacity-building and Cooperation with the Indigenous Hunting Tribal Communities of Tharparkar” by Mr. Tanveer Arif, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Society for Conservation and Protection of Environment, Pakistan

“Promotion of Access to Environmental Information” by Ms. Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Director, Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association, Bangladesh

“Corporate Sustainable development Responsibility (CSdR)” Dr. Harn Wei Kua, Assistnat Professor, Department of Building, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore

“Poverty and Environment Partnership” by Mr. Kotaro Kawamata, Environment Specialist, Environment and Safeguards Division, Regional and Sustainable Development Department Asian Development Bank, Philippines

Mr. Masanori Kobayashi, Associate Professor, Yokohama National University Graduate School of Environment and Information, Japan

14:20 – 14:40 Q & A Session

14:40 – 14:45 Closing Remarks by Mr. Young-Woo Park, Regional Director and Representative for Asia and the Pacific, UNEP

14:45 Adjournment

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