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RIO+20 INDIA PROGRAM June - December 2012 A parallel program to Rio Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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“Rio+20 will be one of the most important global meetings on sustainable development in our time. At Rio, our vision must be clear: a sustainable green economy that protects the health of the environment while supporting achievement of the Millennium Development Goals through growth in income, decent work and poverty eradication.” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

What is Rio+20? Rio+20 — the short name for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in June 2012 — is a historic opportunity to define pathways to a safer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all. Twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, where countries adopted Agenda 21 — a blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection — the UN is again bringing together governments, international 1 institutions and major groups to agree on a range of smart measures that can reduce poverty while promoting decent jobs, clean energy and a more sustainable and fair use of resources. Rio+20 is a chance to move away from businessas-usual and to act to end poverty, address environmental destruction and build a bridge to the future.

Sustainable development is “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”


Agenda 21 defines nine major groups: women; children and youth; indigenous peoples; NGOs; local authorities; workers and trade unions; business and industry; the scientific and technical community; and farmers.

“Rio+20 India will be a landmark program on sustainable development for India’s next generation; it will be organized as a parallel and extended event to the Rio Earth Summit, Brazil. At Rio+20 India, our vision is to bring the Indian youth in sync with the Millennium & Sustainable Development Goals and expose them to different stakeholders and perspectives ranging from political to academic and from social to technological.”

Head, Rio+20 India Program Pushkar Ganesh Vaidya

What is Rio+20 India? Rio+20 India Program is a first of its kind opportunity for Indian citizens and especially the student community to be a part of a truly global experience. It will be organized as an extended event to Rio Earth Summit (UNCSD), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June, 2012. UNCSD 2012 is a critical global summit and even more critical is the followup process that nations will engage in post the actual summit - and will return to ratify goals. It is this process that Rio+20 India Program will focus on and communicate the outcome and roadmap of UNCSD 2012. The Rio+20 India Program will reach millions of citizens across India and expose them to Rio+20. Thousands of students from across India will be involved through various outreach activities. Rio+20 India Program reports will be submitted to UNCSD & Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India. Rio+20 India Program is an opportunity to shift our focus to issues that matter. It is a platform to expose Indians, especially the youth of India, to the global dynamics of sustainable development and roadmap of Rio+20. Program Website: Email: Call: 9930514167 / 8454040464 (Mon - Fri) Rio+20 India Program listed on UNCSD website Rio+20 India Program is listed on UNCSD Events Calendar. In addition, Rio+20 Certification Program for Schools, Rio+20 Workshop Certification for Corporates and Rio+20 India Summits are also listed. Any news in relation to Rio+20 India Program is updated on UNCSD site as and when apt. Celebrating Earth For People.

Why do we need Rio+20? ► The world now has 7 billion people — by 2050, there will be 9 billion.

► One out of every five people — 1.4 billion — currently lives on $1.25 a day or less. ► A billion and a half people in the world do not have access to electricity. Two and a half billion do not have a toilet. And almost a billion go hungry every day.

► Greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, and more than a third of all known species could go extinct if climate change continues unchecked.

► If we are to leave a liveable world to our children and grandchildren, the challenges of widespread poverty and environmental destruction need to be tackled now.

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Half of humanity now lives in cities and within two decades, nearly 60 per cent of the world’s population — 5 billion people — will be urban dwellers. (source: UN-HABITAT)

► We will incur far greater costs in the future — including more poverty and instability, and a degraded planet — if we fail to adequately address these critical challenges now. ► Rio+20 provides an opportunity to think globally, so that we can all act locally to secure our common future. “Sustainable development is not an option! It is the only path that allows all of humanity to share a decent life on this, one planet. Rio+20 gives our generation the opportunity to choose this path.” Sha Zukang, Secretary-General of the Rio+20 Conference

How is Rio+20 India Program organized? Rio Earth Summit 2012 is a joint endeavour of the entire UN system. UN Photo

IARC Education & Outreach activities involving United Nations Initiatives 2012 1. Association - United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development - Rio+20 and International Year of Sustainable Energy for All 2012. IARC is associated with Rio+20 and is offering the Rio+20 India Program. 2. Partnership (2012-2020) - United Nations Decade on Biodiversity and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. 3. Association - UN World Space Week 2012 IARC will celebrate the UN declared World Space Week in October 2012 and will establish the International Space Sciences and Earth Olympiad (ISEO). 2010-2011 1. Association - United Nations International Year of Forests 2011 IARC conducted a major nation-wide IYF 2011 Certification Program written by scientists from across the wolrd for Indian students (available for free download). 2. Partnership - United Nations International Year of Biodiversity 2010 IARC launched the ExtraTerrestrial First Campaign and conducted events in Mumbai and Nanded as well as national level essay contests.

Rio+20 India Program is the endeavour of Indian Astrobiology Research Centre (IARC) in association Rio+20 - United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) to promote the objectives of UNCSD 2012 and stimulate discussion and action. Indian Astrobiology Research Centre IARC is an autonomous scientific body supported in-kind by the Mumbai based N.P. Charitable Trust. It was established in 2006 in Mumbai. It operates under Science Commons License CC BY-NC-ND 2.5. IARC is India’s premier research body that conducts and encourages research in astrobiology; the study of the origin, evolution and distribution of life in the universe including the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. Team IARC consists of scientists, researchers and science enthusiasts from across India with national and international associations. Mumbai based scientist, Pushkar Ganesh Vaidya, heads IARC. IARC's outreach program is dedicated to extraterrestrial environmental matters in association / partnership with various United Nations initiatives. One Million Rios Rio+20 is about making and delivering commitments. IARC has made an official Voluntary Commitment to UNCSD to take Rio+20 Message and Goals to a million Indians by December 2012. The currency of the future is the Rio. We have set out to earn One Million Rios! Disclaimer IARC is granted official permission to use UNCSD Rio logo to promote Rio+20. Note, Rio+20 India Program is organized by IARC and not by United Nations. IARC indemnifies itself from any misrepresentation of this fact by anybody including the media. .

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How can I participate or contribute? It takes more than governments to build sustainable development - partnerships among people, organizations, academics and businesses are needed. PARTICIPATE Certification Program For Schools and Junior Colleges The Indian Student Community have a never before opportunity to learn and benefit from an international curriculum which will improve their career prospects and equip them with knowledge that matters. The job market clearly needs a workforce that is sensitive towards Sustainable Development. Students will immensely benefit from this unique certification program as they learn about the science, art and economics that influence decision making at highest levels.

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The Rio+20 Certification Program is open for registration from June to October 2012. The program will be available in English and Hindi. The Rewards and Recognition involves UNCSD Rio Logo certificates, Rio wristbands, official United Nations prizes and much more. Rio+20 Certification Workshops For Corporates The role of the Corporate Sector is vital for Sustainable Development. The fact that Corporates have chosen to deliberate for days at the specially organized Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum says it all. Rio+20 Corporate Workshops aim to bring the corporate workforce in sync with Rio+20 Goals and Corporate Forum Roadmap. These interactive and dynamic workshops will be facilitated by Pushkar Ganesh Vaidya (Program Head) and Sunil Churi (Program Facilitator). The Rio+20 Certification Workshops For Corporates is open for registration between June and December 2012. These are half-day workshops conducted on site.

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How can I participate or contribute? Rio+20 India Summits will reach out to millions and provide an unique opportunity to the citizens of India, especially the student community, to experience an international summit. CONTRIBUTE

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Rio+20 India Summits Rio+ India Summits will mirror Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It will involve short talks by eminent scholars, award winning short films, presentations and several contests & quizzes. School, Colleges and Associations will receive participation invites. Rio+20 India Declaration The vision and action statements presented at the summits will be discussed and deliberated and will eventually lead to Rio+20 India Declaration - it will be submitted to UNCSD and Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India. Rio+20 India Summits Sponsorship Rio+20 India Summits will be first of its kind events in India. Herein lies the opportunity to underline your brand and declare to millions that you support sustainable development. Specific donations are tax exempt as per 80G norms. The Rio+20 India Summits are proposed between September and December 2012. These will be one or two day events Celebrating Earth For People One Million Rios - Rio+20 India Program Program Website: Email: Call: 9930514167 / 8454040464 (Mon - Fri)

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Rio+20 India Program  

Rio+20 is about making and delivering commitments. We have committed to take the message of Rio+20 Goals to a million Indians by December 20...