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WED4.4: Rio+20 and The Future of Sustainability and Disaster Risk Reduction
Time: Wednesday, 29/Aug/2012: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Session Chair: Karl-Otto ZENTEL, DKKV
Session Chair: Andreas RECHKEMMER, GRF Davos
Location: Aspen

Session supported by DKKV and GIZ


Rio+20 and the future of sustainability and disaster risk reduction


1DKKV; 2Global Risk Forum, GRF Davos

The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20-22 June 2012, brought together several thousands of participants from governments, international and non-governmental organizations, the scientific community, and the private sector. Rio+20 deliberated on ways and means to reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection in the future. The Summit focused on seven key priority themes for sustainable development, one of which was disaster readiness. Consequently, the Rio+20 Outcome Document The Future We Want states: "We call for disaster risk reduction and building of resilience to disasters to be addressed with a renewed sense of urgency in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, and, as appropriate, to be integrated into policies, plans, programmes, and budgets at all levels and considered within relevant future frameworks". (The Future We Want 2012) Rio+20 also addressed the necessity of enhanced interrelation, coordination and incorporation of DRR and Climate Change Adaptation. While the primary target actor groups addressed in the Outcome Document are national governments and inter-governmental processes, bottom-up action and the role of local governments as well as that of civil society do constitute corner pieces without which sustained action will be sub-optimal if not impossible.

The Session will address the outcomes of Rio+20 – both formal as well as informal ones – in terms of their relevance for the future of sustainability and global disaster risk reduction efforts in context of the Hyogo Framework. It will raise the question of whether Rio+20 has significantly strengthened DRR within the context of sustainable development policies and practices, compared to predecessor meetings such as the 1992 Earth Summit or the WSSD. The session’s eminent panelists will deliberate on the future of sustainability and on questions of linking DRR with climate change adaptation. Emphasis will be put on how to effectively implement promising strategies, on emerging themes, problems and actors and their integration, and on issues of and novel approaches to financing DRR within the broader context of sustainability.

Session speakers include:

Prof. Annegret Thieken, University of Potsdam and DKKV, Germany

PD Dr. Jörn Birkmann, United Nations University (UNU-EHS), Germany

Prof. Bron Taylor, University of Florida and Rachel Carson Center Munich, USA

Mr. Joao Ribeiro, National Institute for Disaster Management, Mozambique

Dr. Franz Mauelshagen, Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities Essen, Germany

Dr. Melgabal Capistrano, Malteser International

Mr. Tran Kim Long, International Cooperation Department in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Vietnam (tbc)

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