Challenges for the green economy

SSDF Autumn Conference:Challenges for the green economy

From local experience to the Earth Summit


Date: Tuesday 21st September, 2010
Radisson Blu Edinburgh Hotel, The Royal Mile, 80 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TH
Time: 10:00AM – 4:30PM
To View Video Podcasts of Stakeholder Forum’s Nicola Williams and Hannah Stoddart click here.

The ‘green economy’ will be one of the two major themes addressed at the ‘Rio+20’ UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also referred to as ‘Earth Summit 2012’

How can Scotland’s experience of local green economies inform global policy discussions on sustainable development? SSDF has partnered with Stakeholder Forum for a day of discussion and debate with high profile speakers and workshops.

Stakeholder Forum hosted a workshop that provided background information and analysis of the Summit process and themes, and facilitated multi-stakeholder discussion among participants with the aim of identifying key issues and priorities in relation to the green economy.

As part of the preparatory process for the Summit, the UN Secretary General called for Member States to complete a questionnaire that informed his ‘Synthesis Report’ for the Summit. Completed questionnaires were to be submitted by 31st October and there was an expectation that national governments would consult stakeholders in developing the submission.

Recognizing this, Stakeholder Forum’s session was guided by the issues raised in the Questionnaire. The outcomes of the discussions were compiled into a document that was shared with the UK government in an effort to inform and influence their submission.

The session was opened with a recorded message from Maurice Strong, former Secretary General of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit and major global advocate for sustainable development. Felix Dodds, Executive Director, also addressed the session via video link. 

Hannah Stoddart, Head of Policy and Advocacy at Stakeholder Forum, provided background information and anlaysis, and Nicola Williams, Senior Engagement Manager at Stakeholder Forum, chaired and facilitated the session.

Stakeholder Forum invited attendees of this event to familiarise themselves with background information below that helped to inform and shape their contributions to the session:


Official Papers

Questionnaire for UN Member States on Experiences, Success Factors, Risks and Challenges with Regard to Objective and Themes of UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD).

Click here to download

SSDF Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue Response the Secretary General’s Questionnaire on the Green Economy

Click here to download

Co-Chair’s Summary of the First Preparatory Committee Meeting for Rio+20 (PrepComm 1)

The Co-Chair’s summary provides an overview of the points raised by governments and stakeholders during the first preparatory meeting for Earth Summit 2012 held on 17-19 May 2010 at UN Headquarters, New York
Click here to download.

Report of the Secretary-General for the First Preparatory Committee Meeting for Rio+20 (PrepComm 1)

This report was produced by the Secretary General prior to the first PrepComm, and covers progress to date and remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits in the area of sustainable development, as well as an analysis of the themes of the Conference. Click here to download.

Stakeholder Forum Briefing Papers

Outcomes from PrepCom1 – An Analysis by Stakeholder Forum

Click here to download the paper.Stakeholder Forum has conducted a broad analysis of the outcomes from PrepCom1, also available as a Power Point here.

Matrix Analysis of Country Positions on the Green Economy and the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development at PrepCom1

Stakeholder Forum has also analysed country positions on the Green Economy and the institutional framework for sustainable development at PrepCom1.

Green Economy Briefing Paper by Stakeholder Forum

Stakeholder Forum has put together an Introductory Briefing Note on the Green Economy, identifying different strands of thinking in relation and schools of thought.

Click here to download.



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