Green Economy Coalition at Rio+20 : Do join us

For those of you joining us out in Rio we would like to invite you to the following events being hosted by the Green Economy Coalition and partners. Space is limited so do let us know if you would like to attend.(We’ve attached a one-page timetable of GEC events and member highlights). For those not travelling to Rio we will be blogging, tweeting and commenting throughout the conference so do keep an eye on our website: www.greeneconomycoaltion.

Principles of a green economy: Making it happen (Fair Ideas; 16 June; 18:00 – 19:30)

Over 250 organisations and individuals from around the world have helped to draft the 9 principles of a green economy and they are now being cited by governments in the Rio+20 preparations. The next question is how we move from principle to practice. In this session we will be joined by a panel of experts to find out how we can implement and measure a new social contract for a green economy. Do join us there.

Dr. Youba Sokona, Coordinator, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Ethiopia
Richard Howitt, Member of the European Parliament
Professor Ladislau Dowbor, Professor of Economics, Catholic University of São Paulo
Olajobi Makinwa, Head, Transparency & Anti-Corruption Initiatives, Global Compact
Dr. Steven Stone, Chief, Economics and Trade Branch, UNEP

Banking because the future Matters: Building a Financial System to Support a Green, Fair and Inclusive Economy (Rio Centro; 17 June; 11.30 – 13:00, P3-6)

The sad truth is that unless we see a fundamental shift in the way that our financial systems are organised, many of the conversations at Rio+20 will have limited impact. The reform of our finance system needs to be our top priority if we are to create more inclusive and green economies. With our partners the Global Alliance for Banking on Values and ForUM, we will be presenting four practical policies for how we catalyse that transformation. This is a really important conversation – do come along.

Ida Auken, Danish Minister for the Environment
Lars Pehrson, CEO, Merkur Cooperative Bank, and founding member of Global Alliance for Banking on Values
Pavan Sukhdev, Founder-CEO of GIST Advisory and study leader of TEEB
Nick Robins, Head of the Climate Change Centre of Excellence, HSBC
Ladislau Dowbor, Professor of Economics, Catholic University of São Paulo
Andrew P. Kroglund, Director of Information and Policy, The Development Fund
Oliver Greenfield, Convenor, Green Economy Coalition

Measure What Matters: Aligning performance indicators for global sustainable development, national Beyond GDP metrics and improved corporate reporting (Rio Centro, 20 June, 9:00 – 10:30, T 4)

If there is one thing that will definitely come out of Rio+20 – it will involve metrics. The call for more coherent corporate reporting, the support for ‘beyond GDP’ and the momentum for global SDGs are all still high on the agenda. Our proposition is that in order for these metrics to be transformational, they need to be aligned against the same broad objectives such that they work together to drive change. We will be hearing from some eminent speakers to find out how we can move the proposal forward.

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales (via video message)
Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister, UK (TBC)
H.H. Sheikh Abdallah Bin Zayid Al Nahayan, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates (TBC)
His Excellency Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, President of the Republic of Botswana (TBC)
Paula Caballero, Director for Economic and Environmental Affairs for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Republic of Colombia
Dasho Karma Tshiteem, The Secretary of the Gross National Happiness Commission of the Royal Government of Bhutan
Paul Druckman, Chief Executive Officer of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC)
Ernst Ligteringen – Chief Executive Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
Paul Polman, CEO Unliever