Building on Rio+20: Canada’s Role and Priorities in a Global Green EconomyEvent Date: May 1, 2012 to May 2, 2012
May 1-2, 2012 | Château Laurier | Ottawa, Ontario
2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the Rio Earth Summit. The 1992 Earth Summit, attended by more than 100 Heads of Government, was intended to chart a course for global sustainable development with the aim of combatting climate change and protecting biodiversity.
This June, Brazil will host Rio+20. While this meeting will be a stocktaking opportunity, it will also be forward-looking with the Green Economy taking centre stage. The Green Economy has been described by the United Nations Environment Programme
(UNEP) as “one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.”
The Green Economy is increasingly on the global agenda as decision-makers grapple with multiple pressures – a warming climate, ocean acidification, deforestation, growing human population and loss of biodiversity – all of which could threaten long term prosperity, sustainability of the current global economy and the well-being of the planet’s citizens. As the world’s leaders prepare to gather in Rio de Janeiro on this important milestone, the Green Economy will be a key to ensuring global sustainability, and this represents both challenges and opportunities for Canada.
This two day conference examined Canada’s role in a global Green Economy by:
- taking stock of Canada’s efforts to build a low carbon, Green Economy as an essential strategy for sustainable development on a global basis.
- providing a cross-cutting view of the policy, economic and governance challenges faced by Canada and other nations, in the context of Rio +20.
- identifying leading practices and solutions as well as challenges in transitioning to a Green Economy.
- Maurice Strong critical of Canada's climate-change record - Globe and Mail
- Ministers talk green energy in Ottawa as Hydro bills rise - Metro
- Burying carbon storage - Financial Post
- Federal environment auditor worries new budget bill restricts public input - Winnipeg Press
- China bests Canada in tackling climate change, Strong says - Globe and Mail
- Charest hopes Canada shows some leadership at the upcoming Rio + 20 Earth Summit to be held in Brazil - Postmedia News
- Tories accused of being ‘one of most anti-environmental governments in the world’ - The Hill Times
- Budget bill gives Harper cabinet free hand on environmental assessments - The Globe and Mail
- Premier Jean Charest's opening speech on CPAC.