The conference aims to contribute to the Rio+20 process, building on the results of the Official Side Event at the 2nd United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) Preparatory Committee (Prepcom2) on “How the Green Economy depends on” organized by UN Water and UNSGAB. The Conference attempts also to respond to some of the concerns of developing countries highlighted for the upcoming UNCSD (A/CONF.216/7). A call has been made for developing a UN Green Economy Road Map and for a toolbox or best practices guide of actions for transforming into a green economy, in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. Toward this aim, the Secretariat Synthesis Report on Best Practices and Lessons Learnt on Objectives and Themes of the Conference (A/CONF.216/PC, Jan 2011) points out that international preparations for UNCSD should strengthen support for sustainable development by providing a platform for exchanging best practices and lessons learnt.
As a contribution to the Rio + 20 process, the Conference aims to show case how water is a key factor in the green economy as shown in specific practical examples in the different regions of the world. The aim is to focus on actions, reflect on lessons learnt from practical implementation experiences, and highlight the importance of the overall specific context. This will support the process of moving to action in preparation to Rio+20.
Participants in the conference include stakeholders, representatives of UN-Water members and partners, representatives and experts of the UN Global Sustainability Panel, members of UNSGAB, representatives of UNDESA, representatives of the Success stories and initiatives in water and green economy. A group of journalist of Least Developed Countries will be invited to attend the event to increase the awareness about best practices in water and green economy and promote the green economy approach in water issues in those countries.
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