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Informal Strategy Development Workshop ?Thematic Priority ?Innovation and Youth? ? Key to Success at Rio+20?!?
23 Jan 2012 - 23 Jan 2012
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

777 UN Plaza (44th & 1st Av) NY

At International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges (IAAI) we are delighted about these developments and offer some assistance in building the knowledge base for the process of mainstreaming ?Innovation? as horizontal thematic priority of Rio+20.

Since Rio+20 preparatory process has demonstrated strong commitment to issues of intergenerational partnership and youth participation already but didn?t make this Rio+20 commitment to youth visible yet as a central aspect of Rio+20 in its list of thematic priorities, we suggest, to extend the new horizontal thematic priority to ?Innovation and Youth? (horizontal as it is relevant for all official 7 thematic priorities).

As the topic ?Innovation? has not been agreed upon by governments and as time is short, civil society can play a very constructive and positive role here by organizing an informal, open and swift collaborative effort which can enrich and inspire the official Rio+20 preparatory process on these important issues.

Therefore IAAI is calling with above listed partners a first open meeting of those who might be interested to work on structuring the topic ?Innovation and Youth? for the Rio+20 preparatory process (and outlining an (informal) ?Innovation and Youth 4 Rio+20 Issues Brief?, similar to the ones on the official 7 topics: ).

Who do we expected to attend the meeting (approx. 15-30 people):

- Global Governance experts (e.g. ACUNS members)
- Representatives of UN CSD Major Groups (especially the MG ?Children and Youth?)
- Representatives of UN system (e.g. Rio+20 secretariat, UN Office for Partnerships, UN DESA, UN DPI, ..)
- Representatives of Member States? Permanent Missions
- People with ideas and visions on innovations in the way the world (and especially the UN) organizes responses to global challenges (including spiritual dimensions and value systems/ethics/behavioral change)
- Knowledge Management Experts, experts on systemic innovation of Science, Technology, Education and Innovation Systems in multilevel governance contexts
- Resource mobilization experts (e.g. representatives of foundations focusing on global challenges)
- Media/public relations/communication experts

Tentative Agenda:

- Introduction ? Tour de table
- Background info on Brazilian ?Innovation for SD? proposal (and ?Rio+20 Thematic World Social Forum? and ?Rio+20 Peoples Summit? plans and their systems innovation potentials)
- Introductory statements (live and virtual) from UN system representatives
- Report from FAF UN Youth Assembly and from Major Group Children and Youth representatives regarding the discussion with global youth on having ?youth? as a thematic priority of Rio+20
- Discussion of ?Innovation and Youth? related existing input available from the Online Consultation for the Rio+20 Compilation document to the Zero Draft Outcome document, like e.g.

o Contribution of Major Group for Children and Youth (paradigm shifts/innovations in intergenerational relations)
o The STEPS Centre on Social, Technological and Environmental Pathways to Sustainability
o Advisory Group on International Environmental Governance (governance innovations!)
o International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges (IAAI) (social innovation, 15/15/15 global civil society Rio+20 resource mobilization aim etc.)
o International Council for Science (innovations regarding knowledge base for global governance)
o Global University Network for Innovation (knowledge and higher education innovations)
o Earth Charter (value systems and ethics innovations)

- Presentation of input on ?Innovation and Youth? contributed to Rio+20 preparatory process via social media channels:
o Rio+20 - The Future we Want
o Rio+20 Global Youth Music Contest etc.

- Discussion of ideas for an (informal) ?Innovation and Youth 4 Rio+20 Issues Brief?
- Discussion of possibilities to organize a ?Innovation and Youth 4 Rio+20? exploratory workshop/conference in the context of Third Intersessional (probably 24th or 25th of March)

Registration: please send an email with your name, institutional affiliation and areas of interest/expertise by January 20 to or via facebook:

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