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European Regional Science and Technology Workshop
12 Oct 2011 - 14 Oct 2011
Helsinki, Finland

The workshop is organized by the Group of the European members of ICSU, in cooperation with ICSU and UNESCO. Natural scientists, social scientists and engineers from across the region will participate, along with high level policy-makers and representatives of other Major Groups. The aim is to give scientists and engineers the opportunity to prepare joint positions and concerted input into the Rio+20 Regional Preparatory Meeting for Europe (1-2 December 2011, Geneva).

Overarching aims of the Regional Workshop:
o To ensure that the best available science, including social science, is integrated into policy recommendations resulting from Rio+20.
o To ensure that relevant policies resulting from Rio+20 take account of the needs of international and national science, as strengthening science, technology and innovation will be essential for accelerating implementation of sustainable development.
o To incorporate specific regional concerns and priorities into the global agenda of Rio+20.
o To use Rio+20 as an opportunity to consolidate and strengthen regional and sub-regional policy frameworks for sustainable development.

Objectives of the Regional Workshop:
o To prepare agreed upon positions as a concerted input by the regional scientific and technological community into the intergovernmental Regional Preparatory Meeting for Europe.
o To organize a science ? policy dialogue at the regional level prior to the Regional Preparatory Meeting.
o To organize a multi-stakeholder dialogue with other ?Major Groups?, including business & industry.

Key questions to be addressed at the Workshop:
1. What are the priority issues for Rio+20, as seen by the scientific and technological community from the region, taking into account the UN GA outline of Rio+20 in 2012?

2. How can the link between science, education and policy be strengthened in order to ensure early detection of emerging crises and quick response actions?

3. In addition to measures already being implemented by countries, what additional measures are needed to enable countries to strengthen resilience to shocks emanating from new and emerging challenges?

4. What are the needs of science and technology in the region, in order to be able to contribute best to sustainable development in the region and to international endeavours of sustainability science?

5. What are the major contributions from the sciences and engineering to sustainable development at local, national, and regional scales?

6. How can science and engineering contribute to a Green Economy, also taking into account the role of the private sector in science, engineering and technology?

7. What role can the different stakeholders and Major Groups play in enhancing regional science and technology for sustainable development, and what are their needs from science and technology?

Participants:
o Natural scientists, social scientists and engineers
o High-level policy makers/ government representatives
o Representatives of Major Groups
o Co-sponsors

The workshop is organized by the Group of the European members of ICSU, in cooperation with ICSU and UNESCO. The Rio+20 Regional Workshop for Europe is also supported by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters, The Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, the Aalto University, and the Finnish National Commission for UNESCO.

The local organizer of the workshop, the Delegation of the Finnish Academies of Science and Letters, is a national member of ICSU, and is on a national level also responsible for coordinating the activities of about 30 Finnish national committees of ICSU. Recently the network for the European ICSU member organizations reorganized itself, and its Secretariat is presently hosted by the Delegation of the Finnish Academies of Science and Letters. Besides hosting the Secretariat, the Delegation of the Finnish Academies of Science and Letters also chairs the Management Group of the Group of European members of ICSU 2011-2014.

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