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National Consultation on Green Economy

May 18 - May 19

Time Not Specified

Hotel Margala, M2, near Convention Center Islamabad

The National Consultation on Green Economy  is being
jointly organized by the Federal Ministry of Climate Change, Heinrich Boll
Stiftung (HBS), the United Nations Pakistan, UN One Joint Prog On Environment,
the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), Lead Pakistan and Actionaid here on
May 18-19.

Background:

Brazil is hosting the UN Conference on
Sustainable Development (UNCSD), also known as Rio+20 Conference, in Rio on 20-22 June 2012 in pursuance of a decision of the
UN General Assembly (Res.64/236 adopted on 24 December 2009). The objective of
the Conference is to “secure renewed political commitment for sustainable
development, assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the
implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development,
and address new and emerging challenges”. The two main themes of the Conference
are: a) Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty
eradication and b) the institutional framework for sustainable
development.Heads of States and Governments of more than 130 countries are
expected to attend the Rio+20 Conference. The
Summit will be preceded by a sustainable development dialogue comprising high
level debates on food and nutritional security, sustainable development for
fighting poverty, sustainable development as an answer to the economic and
financial crisis, the economics of sustainable development, including
sustainable consumption and production, sustainable cities, unemployment,
sustainable energy for all, water, oceans and forests. The global preparatory
process for the UNCSD, spearheaded by a 16 member Bureau comprising
representatives of all the regions and facilitated by a secretariat hosted by
the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) has comprised two
sessions of the preparatory Committee (PREPCOM) in 2010 and 2011, several inter
sessional meetings of the PREPCOM and numerous informal meetings of senior
Government officials, joined by representatives of non state sectors. Scores of
studies and meetings on the two major themes as well as the new and emerging
challenges facing the world have informed the inter governmental
discussions.Since early 2012, representatives of states and the non state
sector and civil society have been discussing and negotiating a document titled
‘THE WORLD WE WANT’, the zero draft spelling out the proposed outcome of the
UNCSD/Rio+20 Conference proposed by the co-chairs of the Bureau on the basis of
inputs provided by member states and NGOs and Civil Society. The negotiations
have been protracted and deeply contentious: the divergence of opinion being
evidenced by rival drafts on nearly all relevant subjects, leading to a
swelling of the 19 page original draft to over 200 pages. The third and last
meeting of the PREPCOM in the first half of June 2012 will seek to reach consensus
on the outstanding issues, leaving unresolved questions to be addressed by the Summit itself which will
endorse the final outcome.The divergences of approach along and across the
familiar North-South divide relate to a wide spectrum of issues. Those include
the definition of Green Economy and its implications for developing countries;
the continued validity and implementation of the Rio+20 principles and Agenda
21, including the provision of financial, technology and capacity development
support by the developed to the developing countries; institutional
arrangements for sustainable development; the purpose and process of
articulation of sustainable development goals; and the means of implementation,
including the role of international cooperation for accelerating sustainable
development with equal attention to its three pillars. Developing countries
seek guarantees against abuse or misuse of Green Economy for trade
protectionism or imposition a new set of non-tariff barriers.Despite the sharp
divergences of positions, the negotiations are likely to eventually forge
consensus on a broad, flexible definition of Green Economy, a process for the
articulation of sustainable development goals building up on Millennium
Development Goals, and reforming and strengthening the existing multilateral
structures for enhanced implementation of Agenda 21 and outcomes of subsequent
Summits as well as the recommendations adopted by the Rio+20 Conference.

Objectives of the Consultation:

Pakistan
has been participating in the
preparatory process of the UNCSD/Rio+20 Conference as a member of the
Bureau
driving the preparations and an active member of the G 77 and China. The
Pakistan delegation at the Summit will be led by the Prime Minister and
expected to include ministers and senior officials of the relevant
ministries,
parliamentarians, the Private Sector and Civil Society and the media.
A number of decisions taken by the Government recently underline a
commitment to Sustainable Development, such as the adoption of the
Economic
Growth Strategy 2011, the approval of a Climate Change Policy and the
creation
of a Ministry of Climate Change, launching of an ambitions programme of
hydropower generation, approval of plans of action on maximizing energy
efficiency and developing renewable sources of energy, the campaign to
end
hunger, the income support programme for the poor, etc. However, much
more
needs to be done to effectively address the myriad economic,
environmental and
social challenges, including widening and deepening poverty, facing the
country.The forthcoming Consultations are part of efforts made by the
Government and the non state stakeholders and the UN System and
multilateral
institutions in Pakistan to ensure that the outcome of the Rio+20
promotes
efforts to address the global economic, environmental and social
challenges,
most of them being relevant to Pakistan. The Consultation will seek to:

  1. Examine the relevance of
    green economy to Pakistan’s economic, environmental and social priorities
    given the indispensable contribution of the ecosystems and the
    agricultural sector to the country’s GDP, jobs and livelihoods and
    exports, and the urgent imperatives of food, water and energy security.
  2. Review the global discourse
    on green economy and ongoing negotiations on the outcome of the Rio+20
    summit with a view to identifying how Pakistan, as a member of G77 and
    China, may help promote consensus on the contentious issues with a view to
    ensuring the success of the Rio+20 Summit.
  3. Review the ongoing efforts by
    countries of the Asia and the Pacific region to achieve sustainable
    development and poverty eradication through a transition to green economy
    and a low carbon growth paradigm shaped by national circumstances and
    priorities and identify relevant lessons for Pakistan.
  4.  Achieve an informed
    understanding of the roles and contributions of the key stakeholders,
    including the government at the federal, provincial, and local levels, and
    non-state actors, especially the private sector, civil society and the
    scientific community to promote green economy with a view to accelerating
    the achievement of sustainable development and poverty eradication, and
    suggest ideas for elaboration of a green economy future for Pakistan.

Agenda of the Consultation:

The
agenda of the Consultation comprises sessions on the evolution of the concept
of Green Economy and its implications in the context of sustainable
development, the concerns of the developing countries, efforts to turn the
concept of Green Economy in to tangible practices in the Asia and the Pacific
region, the state of the ongoing negotiations on the outcome of the Rio+20
Summit, a comprehensive dialogue on the water, food and energy security
challenges, and the urban agenda. The Consultation will also discuss the
prerequisites of an appropriate institutional framework for sustainable
development and green economy in Pakistan.

Resource Persons & Key Participants:

The
participants and resource persons leading or
contributing to the discussions during the consultation include members
of parliament, high level officials of the federal and provincial governments,
relevant federal  statutory bodies, the
private sector, policy and technical experts, the academic community, UN
agencies and programmes, and civil society representatives.
Outcome of the Consultation:

It is hoped that the Consultation will articulate a set of
suggestions for consideration by the Pakistan delegation at the forthcoming
Rio+20 Summit as well as ideas for consideration by all stakeholders after the
Summit in order to accelerate the achievement of sustainable development and
poverty eradication in Pakistan.

Agenda of the Program:

Download Presentations:

1. Energy Conservation And Efficiency By  Noman Rafiq

2. Pakistan’s National Sustainable Development Strategy & The Green Economy by Malik Ameen

3. Article on green growth by Korean Ambassador HE Mr Choong Joo Choi

4. Perspective of the youth by Ali Shahbaz

5. Large Scale Composting By Mohammad Awais Qureshi

6. Business Perspective, Green Washing to Green Economy By Ambreen Waheed