When the world convenes in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012 to renew international commitments to sustainable development, Yale University will play a leading role as a global university at the forefront of generating new knowledge and preparing new leadership to address environmental challenges and promote sustainability.
Through collaboration between the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, the Governance, Environment & Markets Initiative at Yale, the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, the Yale Office of Sustainability and other partners,Yale University is organizing an exciting program of activities at the Rio+20 Conference.
COMPLEX INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORKS FOR SUSTAINABILITY:
MANAGING CONFLICTS & PROMOTING COHERENCE IN FOREST GOVERNANCE
A Rio+20 Side-Event
18 June 2012, 17:30 - 19:00 / Rio Centro T-3
Leading experts from the Governance, Environment & Markets Initiative at Yale, the International Union of Forestry Research Organizations, the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, the World Resources Institute, and Google will discuss innovations for managing conflicts and promoting coherence within institutional frameworks that cut across borders, sectors, and issue areas. Drawing on case studies relating the transnational governance of forestry, this side-event will aim to identify best practices for managing institutional complexity in sustainable development.
GLOBAL THINKING& ACTION FOR OUR COMMON FUTURE
A Reception for Yale Affiliates, Alumni & Friends
June 19, 2012, 19:30-21:30 / FundaçãoGetulio Vargas, 60 R. Barão de Itambi
Featuring food, drink, and high-level speakers, this invitation-only reception will provide an opportunity for faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of Yale to come together during the Rio+20 Conference. To receive an invitation, please e-mail Ms. Ainsley Lloyd (firstname.lastname@example.org).
SUSTAINABILITY IN UNIVERSITY CAMPUSES WORLDWIDE
A Global Coalition Workshop
June 19, 2012 / FundaçãoGetulio Vargas, 60 R. Barão de Itambi
The Yale Office of Sustainability is partnering with FundaçãoGetulio Vargas Brazil and the University of Massachusetts Boston to host a Global Coalition Workshop on sustainabilityin university campuses worldwide. Student teams from around the world will submit proposals for ambitious, yet achievable sustainability initiatives that they will implement on their campuses. Selected teams will participate in the workshop in Rio, share proposals and receive feedback from fellow students and sustainable development practitioners attending the Rio+20 Conference.
SOCIAL GAMING: ‘SETTLERS OF A GREEN FUTURE’ - NEGOTIATING FUTURES WE WANT
An interactive game to facilitate understanding of policy choices and trade-offs in multilateral environmental negotiations
10:00 am – 12:00 pm June 19, 2012 / FundaçãoGetulio Vargas, 60 R. Barão de Itambi
How can we better understand the social, economic, and political trade-offs in multilateral environmental negotiations? How do we balance national goals and interests versus multilateral, collaborative outcomes? How can we work together or individually to invest in solutions that will bring us closer to a green future and sustainable development? Inspired by the popular board game, “Settlers of Catan,” a group of students at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies have adapted and designed a board game to examine these questions and better understand what negotiators will face at the Rio+20 Earth Summit in June 2012. Using real-world sustainable development policy and action proposals that will be discussed in Rio, this game helps participants understand the diversity and range of options available that can help nations achieve a green future. Players win by achieving 10 green points, which can either be earned individually or through collective actions that build sustainable settlements, eco-cities, and eco-cooperatives based on green policy actions from one of five critical issue areas: energy, ecosystems, society, economy, and food. Through playing this game, players will be able to learn about the specifics of the Rio+20 Earth Summit negotiations, begin to understand what is needed for multilateral action and sustainable outcomes, and, ultimately, unlock potential solutions to difficult environmental challenges.
SUPPORTING MULTILATERAL SUSTAINABILITY DIPLOMACY
Student Support to NGO and Developing Country Delegations
June 11-22, 2012
Throughout the Rio+20 Conference, Yale graduate students will provide critical support to the delegations of developing countries, non-governmental organizations, and international organizations, enhancing their contributions to the negotiation process.
LIVE UPDATES FROM RIO
Yale Student Reporting and Social Media at the Rio+20 Conference
June 11-22, 2012
Throughout the Rio+20 Conference, Yale students will report back on the progress in the negotiations as well as the many activities occurring throughout Rio. To read their blog posts, visit http://environment.yale.edu/blog. To follow their tweets, search for #yalerio20 on twitter.
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