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Rio+20 and Beyond : Ethiopian Civil Society Coalition
10 Apr 2012 - 10 Apr 2012
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Addis Ababa

Report of the Workshop
on

Rio +20 and Beyond: Ethiopia Civil Society Coalition

Jointly organized by

Horn of Africa ? Regional Environment Centre/Network, AAU
College of Computational and Natural Sciences, AAU
Forum for Environment
Christian Aid - Ethiopia





VENUE : College of Computational and Natural Sciences, Graduate Conference Hall
Addis Ababa University
DATE : April 10, 2012

Report Compiled by
Mr. Wondwossen Girmay and Dr. Satishkumar Belliethathan

1. INTRODUCTION
2. SESSION I
2.1. OPENING REMARKS
2.2. KEY NOTE SPEECH
2.3. PRESENTATION SESSIONS
2.3.1. RIO+20 OPPORTUNITIES, PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS
2.3.2. UPDATES FROM FIRST INFORMAL ?INFORMAL AND THIRD INTER-SESSIONAL
2.3.3. OTHER INITIATIVES ON RIO+20
2.3.4. Earth Debates
2.3.5. Climate Action Network International
2.3.6. Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA)
SESSION II
SESSION III
ANNEX I
ANNEX II




1. Introduction

The workshop was jointly organized by Horn of Africa ? Regional Environment Centre/Network, AAU, College of Computational and Natural Sciences, AAU, Forum for Environment and Christian Aid ? Ethiopia who were the initiators of the Civil Society coalition for Rio + 20 and beyond. The Coalition has been formed in Ethiopia to bring together all civil society actors working on Sustainable Development issues. The coalition already had organized two workshops earlier one workshop on Rio + 20 together with the Federal Environmental Protection of Ethiopia. The coalition is intending to organize serious of capacity building programmes for various stakeholders in Ethiopia as part of its work in the future. Major part of the funding for this workshop had come from Christian Aid. Asrat Yirgu, Christian Aid, Mahlet Eyassu, Forum for Environment and Satishkumar Belliethathan, Addis Ababa University planned and coordinated the workshop.

The workshop agenda comprised of presentations and discussions on several of activities related to Rio + 20 and also included a session for discussions on the draft statement for Rio +20 from the civil society organizations. The workshop discussions included on the two main themes of the Rio + 20 summit i.e. Green Economy and the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development. The agenda of the workshop is provided in Annex 1 and the list of participants is provided in Annex II.


2. Session I

Session I included opening remarks, key note speech, issues pertaining to Rio + 20 and presentations on other Rio + 20 initiatives. This session was facilitated by Mr. Alabachew Adem, Climate Scientist and member of Ethiopian Civil Society Network on Climate Change. .


2.1. Opening remarks

Cathy Riley, Country Manager, Christian Aid-Ethiopia, started the session by providing her opening remarks. After expressing appreciation for the workshop organizers for organizing the event, she briefly explained her organization mission and objectives in Ethiopia. She noted that CA-Ethiopia is working predominantly in the country?s south which has seen particularly slow rates of development. She went on to indicate that the organization focuses on working through partners to support groups within society who are often neglected. The major involvement being in helping people increase their yields; raising awareness and improving access to clean water in rural areas. She emphasized the fact that as development partner in the country, CA-Ethiopia is concerned and believes that the Rio+20 will be a historic opportunity to define pathways to a sustainable future with more clean energy, greater security and a decent standard of living for all. She stressed that it is now time to call out to the responsible institutions and the government so that harmonized efforts be made to contribute to the Rio+20 conferences. Furthermore, she added, it is important that this coalition that has been formed should work beyond Rio + 20 on the agendas and work programmes emanating from the conference and also on other critical Sustainable Development issues. She wished the workshop to be successful and also reiterated the support of CA-Ethiopia to the coalition.

Mahlet Eyasu, Executive Director, Forum for Environment, presented an overview of the contribution made by Forum for Environment and the Ethiopian Civil Society Network on Climate Change (ECSNCC) in the previous conferences and briefly explained the outcomes. She noted that the FfE and ECSNCC are currently collaborating with all interested groups to participate in the discussions on the SD issues in general and the Rio+20 conference issues in particular. Accordingly, responding to the issues stipulated in the Rio+20 agenda and creating awareness for the general public will be the next tasks to be undertaken by the FfE and the ECSNCC in partnership with other stakeholders. She also reminded the participants that FfE in collaboration with other partners has been coordinating the Ethiopian Civil Society towards Rio +10 World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 by organizing 13 consultation meetings published three publications. She informed the contents of the statements of stakeholders during Rio conference and exalted the participants to come up with concrete suggestions and recommendations for the statement that is intended to be prepared by the end of the workshop. She wishes the participants a successful deliberations.

Dr. Araya Asfaw, Executive Director, HoA-REC-AAU emphasized the fact that although the commitments expressed in the previous Conferences have not been fully realized, he believed that the upcoming Rio+20 Conference will have major contributions to the SD endeavor. In addition to already described Rio+20 issues, the issue of governance will be critical to realize green economy in Africa. He also indicated that Civil Society and the academia need to be involved in addressing the stated issues and their implementation. He continued on the subject indicating that there is a necessity to reshape the policy and craft strategies that will create synergy in addressing the major issues and the SD. As a regional environmental organization, HoA-REC, he explained, has been working in this regard together with relevant organizations. He stressed that, from the experience in much of today?s Africa, environmental governance need to be strengthened and brought to the platform where the Civil society, the academic and policy makers involve and contribute significant input to SD agenda.

2.2. Key note Speech
Prof. Masresha Fetene. Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, AAU started his speech by welcoming the participants and indicated to them that though not a single major group in Ethiopia has provided official input to the process there is still lots of room for influencing the discourse both at the national and international level and to be part of the discussions which will take us beyond 2012 a year when the current Millineum Development Goals complete its course.. He emphasized the fact that twenty years after Rio still the world is moving towards an unstained path leading to environmental destruction. Recent scientific research clearly indicates that in many areas we have crossed the planetary boundaries including climate change, biodiversity and others. While the economic growth across the globe has been tremendous over the past few decades, number of people are pushed into poverty and are living a life which is demeaning to our very presence in this world. Indeed there is a need for course correction, to change the way we live and to make the sustainable development institutional arrangements work for the betterment. There is a need to build a sustainable future. There could be no laxity in this one. He also put forth to the audience that Rio +20 is coming at the right moment, however the draft conference declaration titled ?The Future We Want?, falls short of the ambitions that would make this place a better place.
He also wanted the participants to introspect whether the civil society?s contribution is enough to the global discussions and goals, whether we acting as the sustainability check to the actions of nation states, have we forged partnerships so as to address these critical issues. He took the case of scientific and technological community as a case in point. It is twenty years since Agenda 21 clearly indicated that the cooperative relationship existing between the scientific and technological community and the general public should be extended and deepened into a full partnership. Furthermore, it also brings forth the need for improved communication and cooperation between the scientific and technological community and decision makers so as to facilitate greater use of scientific and technical information and knowledge in policies and programme implementation. Addis Ababa University has recently upscaled its activities in order to achieve these key issues which help us to contribute profusely to the Sustainable Development implementation in our country. However, it is very evident that our actions are not enough and bigger attention and upscaling is needed. The research outputs are not innovative enough on one hand and are not fully demand driven on the other. We tend to move in the middle path, thereby not being able to contribute to the extent expected of us. It is time that we introspect our activities and our contribution to the Sustainable Development in our country and reorient ourselves and our research activities. There is a need for our research to be linked with the national developmental plans.

He indicated that the university is taking necessary steps to address these issues. He also indicated that there is bigger need amongst civil society organizations to upscale their activities and link them to the national development plans. There are lots of areas which we could work together to bring about change in the country. Both the themes of the Rio conference the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development and Green Economy in the Context of poverty eradication are quite important for Ethiopia and provide an opportunity for the civil society to? do so. He exalted the participants to discuss on issues pertaining to the following: Civil society participation in the decision making process on issues related to sustainable development; Key areas for contribution from the civil society to the national development process; How could the civil society cooperate and establish stronger partnership amongst its own group; What could be our role in building capacity within the country on sustainable development issues; What would be our role beyond Rio and beyond 2012 MDG period, during the course of the day.

He concluded by thanking profusely all the organizing partners and specifically Christian Aid-Ethiopia for financing the event. He finally requested the participants to come up with statements and concrete action points reflecting the needs and aspirations of the civil society in Ethiopia and declared open the workshop officially.

2.3. Presentation sessions

2.3.1. Rio+20 opportunities, problems and prospects
Asrat Yirgu, Programme Officer, Christian Aid and Satishkumar Belliethathan, Addis Ababa University took turns to provide an overview of the Rio + 20 conference, its objectives and the possible outcomes etc. The objectives of the conference were to secure and renew the political commitments for the SD, Focus on green economy in the context of SD and poverty reduction and the Institutional framework for SD. Christian Aid?s focus at Rio+20 are the following: Equity in a resource constrained World, Re defining the Green Economy and access to sustainable energy for all. While HoA-REC?s priority are environmental governance, conservation, energy amongst other issues. On the road to Rio +20 the world has held several conferences and meetings. There are official inputs to the process from various national governments and major groups and also from regional entities. There is already an African consensus statement on Rio+20. There are several opportunities for African civil society to be part of the process and it could assess render and account to people how SD is performed, put equity and justices at forefront and create a platform to be involved.


Every summit has been led by processes and critical inputs. There are several epistemic inputs to the current processes including the World Development Report, Human development report and the upcoming Global Environmental Report. The UN Sustainability panels report is also one of the key inputs for the conference. They exalted the participants to read through the documents. They also brought out the fact that the civil society is always doing a catching up and has not provided inputs to the process officially. However, they indicated, there was an enormous interest amongst the civil society from Africa to be part of the process by attending the conference itself. They also provided inputs on all upcoming meetings and conferences which will play a role in influencing the official processes.

2.3.2. Updates from first informal ?informal and third inter-sessional
Kirubel Teshome, Programme Officer, ETC group, informed the participants about the first round of ?Informal-Informal? Negotiations on the Zero Draft of the Outcome Document and Third Inter-sessional Meeting of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) held on March23-28 (not sure about the dates but worth mentioning). He indicated that the major thematic issues were identified and agreed on. He indicated that the participation of CSOs was extremely minimal for Africa. This has its own implications both on the power of negotiations and the implementation of the decisions. He also indicated the participants major contentious issues, which were discussed during the negotiations included issues of provision of finance and economy for Developing countries, Sustainable Development Goals, rights and equity issues amongst several others. He also informed the participants that comparisons were being made with the hopes and intentions of the first Rio Conference further indicating that developing countries look at the agreements over this period, and what they see as the lack of full implementation of commitments made at the Earth Summit in 1992 and at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in 2002. On the other hand, developed countries have suggested that the focus should be on how the role of public and private sector actions has evolved over the past 20 years. He also indicated that everyone should recognize that improved participation of civil society depends upon strengthening the right to access information and building civil society capacity to exercise this right.




2.3.3. Other initiatives on Rio+20


2.3.4. Earth Debates
Yeabsira Begale, British Counci ? Active Citizens Programme, highlighted the vision and objectives of the initiative and went on to indicate that the initiative has identified the social action projects, platform of influence and the activities that needs to be done in collaboration with other civil society organizations, CBOs and NGOs. She also explained to the participants about the Earth debates programme wherein the Active citizens programme and Arenguade Hiwot (Green Club) of Addis Ababa University in collaboration with other stakeholders has organized panel discussions on the following issues, Ecosystem economics, Beyond GDP, Green cities in a green economy and Food security. She also explained, active citizens engaged in such debate for reasons such as to increase the awareness of active citizens on issue of SD, to contribute to the debate of Earth summit green economy agenda and to voice the concern of developing countries in achieving SDGs.

2.3.5. Climate Action Network International
Mahlet Eyassu, Executive Director, Forum for Environment indicated how climate change impacts are affecting sustainable development and emphasis of the CAN are on increased political commitment and ambitions, fair green economy for sustainable development and promoting sustainable agriculture, forest protection for REDD + and food security. She mentioned Rio+20 should filly recognize the urgent need to act on climate change as part of a global action plan for delivering sustainable development and also acknowledge the lack of delivery on previous commitments at Rio 20 years ago. The concept of green economy must be carefully designed, to ensure that it will promote important global economic and financial policy reforms that facilitate the necessary shift away from current economic trends that have proven to be unsustainable. In order to achieve a global transition, substantial new flows of predictable climate finance; above and beyond overseas development assistance (ODA) must be available. In addition, leaders must commit to formulating a new global framework of goals following the Millennium Development Goals post-2015 focusing on sustainability and integrated social, economic and ecological approaches. She also went on to explain in detail the work done by CAN International of which Forum for Environment is an active member.


2.3.6. Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA)

Dr.Habtemariam Abate, Executive Director, Sustainable Land Use Forum, explained in detail about the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) and indicated that it is a continental coalition of civil society organisations on the African continent brought together by a common agenda of promoting and advocating for climate related and equity based development that considers climate change as a key driver of sustainable development. PACJA, he added encourages and, where possible, facilitates partners to participate in key UNFCCC meetings such as COPs etc. Actively shares and documents the experiences of past efforts on advocacy on climate related policies. Collects, analyzes and disseminates Information regarding the climate change convention, and emerging issues, and activities to partners and other stakeholders.

He noted that, following the Limba Declaration, PACJA planned for Rio+20 Conference preparations.
? The concern was on the promotion and implementation of green economy.
? The term or the concept by itself is neither clear nor explanatory.
? The concept should not be used as a tool to destruct or compromise the right to development of African nations and avoid the historical responsibilities.
? Must serve as a vehicle to deliver low carbon growth for Africa and must facilitate transfer of applicable green economy and must not increase social inequalities.
? It must not be ?green business? that only benefits corporate interests to larger public demands
? Green economy in Africa must address structural differences and fully acknowledge the right and concern of indigenous people of their environment and participation in decision making process.
? Poverty eradication, not the greenness of the economy, jobs, or technology, must be at the core of sustainable development


Session II

Discussion session
Questions
The following major Questions were asked during the discussion session amongst several others
Q1. Ethiopia has already developed a green economy strategy and has emphasized in the GTP while there is no clear definition of what it really means. How do you see Ethiopia being a model in this initiative to Africa? Compared to the emerging economy like China and India, how are we to be affected with this initiative?
Q2. Is there any plan to work with the Ethiopian government to reflect our concern for the June summit as Ethiopia has been selected to present as a case study?
Q3. What is the critical role of the Civil society in reshaping and implementing the Rio+20 issues?
Q4. What is the engagement plan with the mass media and other means to make awareness of the SD issues in the upcoming years?
Q5. What were the outcomes of the previous Conferences on SD and what is the status with regards to its implementation?
Q6. What is the most acceptable definition of the GE in Africa? Does it only refer to poverty eradication and SD as stipulated in the compilation document?
Q7. What is new in the Rio+20 issues as compared to the earlier environmental or SD issues? Which issues are more peculiar to African Nations?
Q8 Does GDP alone indicates economic development of a given nation?

The response to the above questions was summarized in the following paragraphs.

? We recognize that the twenty years since the Earth Summit in 1992 have seen progress and change. There are deeply inspiring examples of progress, including in poverty eradication, in pockets of economic dynamism and in connectivity spurred by new information technologies which have empowered people. Nevertheless, there have also been setbacks because of multiple interrelated crises ? financial, economic and volatile energy and food prices. Food insecurity, climate change and biodiversity loss have adversely affected development gains.

? In Ethiopia, it is obvious that national commitment to SD has been improving. The Government now incorporates environmental and social issues into the economic policies and development agendas. Nevertheless, despite efforts by Governments and NGOs sustainable development remains a distant goal and there remain major barriers and systemic gaps in the implementation of internationally agreed commitments.

? The green economy is viewed as a means to achieve sustainable development, which must remain our overarching goal. We acknowledge that a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication should protect and enhance the natural resource base, increase resource efficiency, promote sustainable consumption and production patterns, and move the country toward low-carbon development. To this end, Ethiopia will have the opportunity to reshape its development policy to achieve SD and in accordance to the Rio principles.

? However, in the situation where most of the negotiations have not been signed by most nations and there is lack of clear conceptual interpretation, the issue of green economy may seem too early to be implemented. Moreover, it was witnessed that some of the articles in the previous conventions and agreements have been bracketed or deleted. This indicates that there is no assurance as to not to lose our track in the development path. Therefore, prior to implementation, we need to make clear what GE means to and how it helps poor nations come out of poverty.

? Moreover, it is important to recognize that green economy policies and measures must offer win-win opportunities to improve the integration of economic development with environmental sustainability to all countries, regardless of the structure of their economy and their level of development. Hence, each country, respecting specific realities of economic, social and environmental development as well as particular conditions and priorities, will make the appropriate choices.

? However, it is well recognized that developing countries are facing great challenges in eradicating poverty and sustaining growth, and a transition to a green economy will require structural adjustments which may involve additional costs to their economies. In this regard, the support of the international community is necessary.

? We acknowledge that countries are still in the early stages of building green economies and can learn from one another. We note the positive experiences in developing a green economy in some countries, including developing countries. We recognize that a mix of policies and measures tailored to each country?s needs and preferences will be needed.

? While governments are being called on to take strong and decisive action at Rio+20, the push-and-pull of civil society participation must be intensified, thereby increasing the demands on the time and energy of negotiators. The Rio+20 preparatory processes is one of many venues for decisions on environmental, social and economic development-related issues. Hence, civil societies must be represented to reflect the voices of local communities and the public at large.

? Setting up the SDGs alone may not be sufficient. It is also important to fix targets against which the outcome and progress would be evaluated.

? The Global and local interaction and integrations of leaders and NGOs are helpful to sort out major global concerns and issues. However, it is more relevant and advantageous if the integration incorporates the local level bodies. Hence, the major duties of the CSOs need to be to translate the global and or regional decisions and issues to the wider public at grass root level.

? In order to effectively perform their duties and responsibilities, the CSOs must integrate their efforts with institutions, policy makers, mass media and the academia and others thereby linking the local people to the global community.

? The GDP and Green Economy are general indicators and developing ?beyond GDP? indicators that can encapsulate both costs and benefits to human well-being is necessary. Countries can have their own means of evaluating and describing their economic situation and path as perceived by the local government. Nevertheless, the framework must not violet the general principles convened by all nations.

? Securing political commitments is very slow in most African nations. The objectives of the Rio+20 issues are meant to upscale the implementation aspect to be addressed under institutional frame work for SD.

? Environmental governance in the UN perspectives is relatively a complex task and the integration for synergy is highly required at various levels.

? Africa needs to begin to think how it becomes greener in the economy. As part of the Rio+20 beyond issues and concerns to the future, Africa needs to look into its development strategies, policies and collaboration with the rest of the world to effectively realize the SDGs.

Session III

During the afternoon session all the participants discussed and deliberated on possible issues for the statement on behalf of CSOs to the Rio + 20 conference and came up with a civil society declaration after three hours of deliberations. The statement is provided here under.
10 April 2012
Ethiopian Major Groups Coalition
Draft Position Statements on Rio + 20 [Working Document]

Preamble
Appreciative of the milestones set in the 1992 Earth Summit, the Nairobi Declaration and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (2002) while at the same time concerned about the considerable implementation gaps and challenges related therewith,

Aware of the global financial crisis, the challenges of climate change, threats to livelihoods, biodiversity, water resources and food security, and the opportunities associated with ongoing multilateral negotiations and processes,

Mindful of Ethiopia?s 5 year Growth and Transformation Plan and the long term National Vision of building a Climate resilient Green Economy by 2025 that are guiding the transition to a green economy,

Mindful of the much needed participation and proactive engagement of intergovernmental agencies and civil society organizations at national, regional and international level in attaining sustainable development,

The Ethiopian Major Groups Coalition
 Calls on Rio+20 to focus on intergovernmental processes and country efforts towards eradicating poverty, creating an equitable society as well as sustainable management of natural resources.

 Strongly believes that the Rio+20 Summit should heed the first principle of the 1992 Rio Declaration?that ?human beings are at the centre of concern for Sustainable Development??by taking full account of how population and society interact with the natural environment.

 Reminds member states of our grave concern that the Green Economy could be ?just a greened capitalism? that allows for ?social greenwashing?. Hence, we strongly urge member states to adopt an agreed upon concept of the Green Economy with objective of ensuring Green Economy that makes poverty reduction, social equity and resilience central ? not supplementary ? to policy and action.

 Urges African governments to remain faithful to global agreements that will advance the need of present and future of the great majority of the African people based on the key principles of Sustainable Development ? intergenerational and intra-generational equity.

 Reminds member states of the urgency of engaging in the Rio Summit with the view to make sure that the green economy deliver lasting greenhouse gas emissions reductions taking into account historical responsibilities and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, ensure humankind?s ecological footprint is sustainable and maintain and enhance natural capital, biodiversity and ecosystem services.

 Agrees that the Rio Conference 20 years ago managed to mainstream a new development thinking, but failed to achieve meaningful or systematic change in particular in developing countries mainly because of the failed political commitment by developed countries to provide the resources necessary to implement the actions. Therefore urge developed countries to fulfill their Official Development Assistance commitments of 0.7% Gross National Income, increase aid effectiveness and also mobilize innovative sources of finance by taking the common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities principle into consideration. In addition to the request of climate change support to be new and additional to the 0.7% of Gross National Income.

 Urges member states to advance improved governance of international and national finance regimes including those related to climate finance and the green economy promoting sustainable development.

 Strongly urges member states to agree for a strengthened institutional framework wherein all the three pillars of sustainable development are addressed. It requests member states to agree to elevate CSD into a Sustainable Development Council reporting to the General Assembly with a mandate to review progress in implementation. At the regional level the Major Groups urge countries to strengthen NEPAD as a vehicle for sustainable development implementation and follow up. Regional entities such as AU and ECA also need to be strengthened.

 Urges member states to strengthen their national sustainable development strategies and for an establishment of a National Council for Sustainable Development with broad mandate to address sustainable development issues. The sustainable development council to also coordinate the sustainable development issues amongst the different ministries and act as a platform for sustainable development discourse in the country.

 Requests for strengthening of the environmental pillar at the international level through the strengthening of UNEP with universal membership, stronger roles in science, capacity-building for developing countries, and much strengthened and predictable funding.

 Urges member states to strengthen the environmental pillar by reviving and strengthening the Environment and Natural Resource Ministry to be represented in the national cabinet and with a mandate to coordinate all environment and natural resource management related agencies within the country.
 Urges member states of the need to take into account energy access as a vital component to poverty reduction and sustainable development, and exert concerted efforts to provide clean basic and productive energy services to Africa. Increasing energy access in Africa will have a nominal impact on global emissions, and pursuing low carbon development will not only minimise the insignificant carbon emissions but will also provide opportunities for climate change adaptation in environmental, livelihoods, and health terms.

 Urges African countries to put in place strategies, regulation and capacity building to stimulate low-carbon development and to attract private sector investment, innovation and markets, and the global community should support this.

 Urges that in any post Rio + 20 dialogue including those on SDGs (as alternate to current MDGs) the participation of civil society should be ensured and enhanced to a greater extent. The participation of major groups in the implementation of these goals should also be ensured and enhanced. Gender mainstreaming should also be ensured on any Rio + 20 decisions and post Rio + 20 roadmaps identified.
 Calls on governments to liberate their educational, research and extension systems, promote self-reliance, South-South cooperation and solidarity among developing nations and reorient it towards farmer-led methods and the transformation of curricula at primary and secondary and in higher education levels to focus on agro ecology and strictly opposes replacement of landraces by environmentally unfriendly genetically modified crops (GMOs)




Annex I
Agenda: Rio + 20 and Beyond: Ethiopian Civil Society Coalition
Time Event Moderator
8.30 ? 9.00 Registration Organizers
9.00 ? 9.15 Opening remarks
- Dr Araya Asfaw, HoA-REC/N, AAU
- Mahlet Eyassu, FfE
- Prof.Negussie Retta, CNS, AAU
- Cathy Riley, Christian Aid- Ethiopia Alabachew Adem
9.15 ? 9.25 Key Note Speech
- Prof. Masresha Fetene
Vice President for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies
Addis Ababa University Alabachew Adem
9.25 ? 10.15 Rio + 20 and Civil Society in Ethiopia: Status, Issues and Proposals
- Asrat Yirgu and Satishkumar Belliethathan Alabachew Adem
10.15 ? 11.15 Other initiatives on Rio + 20
- Earth Debates (Arungwade Hiwot + Active Citizenship + British Council)- Samson Gebre and Dagnachew Desta
- CAN ? Mahlet Eyasu
- PACJA ? Habtemariam Abate
- Updates from first Informal-Informal and Third Inter- sessional - Kirubel Teshome Alabachew Adem
11.15 ? 11.45 Coffee/Tea
11.45 ? 12.45 Discussions Asrat Yirgu and Satishkumar Belliethathan
12.45 ? 14.00 Lunch Organizers
14.00 ? 15.30 Way Forward and Group Work (Statements)
1. Green Economy + Finances (Alabachew Adem, Mahlet Eyassu)
2. IFSD (Satishkumar Belliethathan)
3. Agriculture (Habtemariam Abate)
4. Energy (Asrat Yirgu)
15.30 ? 16.00 Coffee/Tea
16.00 ? 17.00 Plenary discussions and Closing remarks Organizers

Annex II
List of participants

S.No. Name Organization and address Email
1 Abebe Lemma R.O.B.A robaeethionet.et
2 Abel W/Tinsal Arenguade Hiwot (AAU)
3 Alebachw Adem FSS
4 Alebel Bayrau EDRI alebelb@yahoo.com
5 Alemu Tolemaria Ethio Wetlands alem277@gmail.com
6 Alzmayahu Akhlu Tenakebena alexkebena@yahoo.com
7 Asrat yirgu Chrstian Aid asratyirgu@gmail.com
8 Azeb Girmai ENDA-Ethiopia azebg@endaethiopia.org
9 Bezawit Eshetu Green Ethiopia bezu_eshetn@yahoo.com
10 Bimrew Alemu MOFED e_bimrew@yahoo.com
11 Biniam Tesfaye Greener Ethiopi binibanj@yahoo.com
12 Binyam G/Monirem AAU binyamgbremariam@gmail.com
13 Boneya Udesse AAU uderra@gmail.com
14 Charles Akol ECA Cakol@uneca.org
15 Dagnachew Defar British Council dagrachew.tesfa@britishcouncil.org
16 Daniel Adigna ENDA-Ethiopia daneladiguna@gmail.com
17 Dekebo Dalle ANCEDA dekebodale@yahoo.com
18 Demis Wondaferew CETV w.demis@yahoo.com
19 Demise Mekuriyaw Ethiopia Press mekuriyawdemise@gmail.com
20 Dereje G.Michal ISD gmdereje@gmail.com
21 Desta G/Medihn Herald/prese jourdes1@gmail.com
22 Gebru Jembr CCF-E gebru_j@yahoo.com
23 Haftu Woldu EOC-DICAC hhats2000@yahoo.com
24 Hailemariam Mesg Panos hailemariam70@yahoo.com
25 Hanan Awal AAu hananawar34@yahoo.com
26 Kirubel T. ETC -GROUP kirubel@etcgroup.com
27 Leon Simons Plan International Eth/
Shnny Simons leon@simons.com
28 Leulseged Yirgu RiPPLE l.yirgu@rippleethiopia.org
29 Leykun Berhanu ACD , A.A leykun.berhqnu@rocketmail.com
30 Mahlet Eyassu FfE ffe@ethionet.et
mahleteyassu@gmail.com
31 Mesfin Kassa PHE-Eth.Conso phe.program@gmail.com
32 Messay Suntayehu FfE
33 Moahmmed Gedefaw AAU mohammedefaw@yahoo.com
34 Panlos Semmeg CHWG chwg.ama@gmail.com
35 Pawelos Befete Capital Nwespaper pawletabele@yahoo.com
36 Rebeka Amha MEDA arebeka@meda.com
37 Sabine Troger HOA-REC troeger@giub.uhi.bokk.de
38 Samson Gebre AC/BC gsomson@yahoo.com
39 Satishkumar Belliethathan AAU - ESP -HoA-REC satishbellie@gmail.com
40 Shushay Adene Ethuiopian Herald vealsew1@yahooc.om
41 Sue Edwards ISD sustaindereth@ethionet.et
42 Tizahun Truen AFFE tibluent2006@yahoo.com
43 Weldemedhin Merate Asella FfE werdemedhinm@gmail.com
44 Wondwossen Girmay HOA-REC wondwosseng@hoarec.org
45 Yared Girma SLUF habtea2001@gmail.com
46 Yeabsira Begale British Council ybsrawork@gmail.com
47 yohannes Gizaw Green Journey2020 greenjourney2020@yahoo.com
48 Zerihun Mengesha Environmental Science
Programme, AAU zersamor@gmail.com
49 Zewdu Eshatu AAU zewd.eshetu@gmail.com

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