Information
  • Lead-organizer: Turkey
  • 11:00 - 12:30
  • Date: 21 Jun 2012
  • Room: P3-2

Sustainable Development - Human Dimension

Organizing partners

UNDP Human Development Report Office

Introduction

NEW TITLE: FROM RIO TO 2015 AND BEYOND: CHARTING A COURSE FOR A FAIR WORLD



This high-profile discussion will show how a 'people-centered' approach to policymaking can integrate economic and social dynamics to promote equity and sustainability, within countries and across the world.



Moderators: Cevdet Yilmaz, Minister of Development, Turkey, and Khalid Malik, Director of the Human Development Report Office, UNDP



Speakers: Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General; Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey; Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP (keynote); Jigmi Thinley, Prime Minister of Bhutan Ali Babacan, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey; Janos Pasztor, Executive Secretary of the High-level Panel of the UN Secretary-General on Global Sustainability .



Comments from the floor by prominent experts and opinion leaders



Detailed programme

UNCSD side-event sponsored by the Government of Turkey

"From Rio to 2015 and Beyond: Charting a Course for a Fair World"

P3-A, Riocentro

21 June 2012, 11:00 - 12:30

Summary

This side event will contribute to the UNCSD outcomes by reviewing how a human development ‘people centered’ approach to policy making can integrate economic and social dimensions in ways that explicitly reduce glaring inequalities and promote equity within the sustainability agenda. Taking the Istanbul Declaration: Towards an Equitable and Sustainable Future for All (the outcome of the 2012 Global Human Development Forum) as their starting point, panelists will discuss why equity – both within and between generations - is important to sustaining human development and wellbeing, and why innovative, integrated policy solutions are required. It can link the UNCSD outcomes to concerns that will be central to the formulation of a post-2015 agenda.

Background

The Istanbul Declaration stressed the relevance of Human Development thinking to charting a course for a fairer – and more sustainable - world: "A globally adopted vision that combines equitable growth with environmental sustainability, rooted in universal values and global social justice, is needed. It should include a strong emphasis on social inclusion, social protection, and equity - in recognition of the fact that economic development has too often gone hand in hand with environmental degradation and increased inequality."


These are themes at the heart of the Rio+20 discussions and conversations around the post 2015 development agenda: both the 2011 Human Development Report and the 2012 report by the UN Secretary General’s High Level Global Panel on Sustainability consider this in depth.


Equality matters. Recent seminal research by HDRO and others have demonstrated that more equal societies do better on most measures of human wellbeing. As the evidence grows, so does our understanding that issues of inequality cannot be put to one side while we tackle sustainable development. Fiscal, social and environmental policies need to be developed in a way that recognizes they are all addressing parts of a unified approach.


The Istanbul Declaration reflects the human development principles for building the coherent policies that are required. Development goals should be relevant to all nations and should be based on measurable indicators. Empowering women, and ensuring good governance for sustainable development are both essential, as are decent jobs and promoting everyone’s right to a clean environment and a decent standard of living. New partnerships – spanning different constituencies – as well as additional resources are required to make the transition to greener human development, inclusive of the most vulnerable in society.

The Discussion

This event will bring speakers together in a panel discussion to consider the following issues, of relevance to moving from Rio to 2015 and Beyond: Charting a Course for a Fairer World:


1. How can we promote integrated policy solutions to reducing inequality and sustaining human development and wellbeing?


2. What lessons can we share on policies that both reduce inequality and promote other aspects of sustainable human development?

3. What are the major barriers preventing further progress in this area? How can we galvanise national and global support? And what should the global community do to help?

The Rio+20 Conference Secretary is encouraging speakers to volunteer their own personal commitments to take this work forward (http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/voluntarycommitments.html).


Outline of the Side Event

Moderators
Cevdet Yilmaz, Minister of Development, Turkey

Khalid Malik, Director of the Human Development Report Office, UNDP



Welcome and Opening Statement:

Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister of Turkey


Key Note Presentation

Helen Clark, Administrator, UNDP


Speakers

Jigmi Thinley, Prime Minister of Bhutan

Ali Babacan, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey

Janos Pasztor, Executive Secretary of the High-level Panel of the UN Secretary-General on Global Sustainability


Moderated comments from the floor
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