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Cornell and the Road to Rio plus 20 HOSTS: Keith Tidball, Marianne Krasny

Summary: Cornell and the Road to Rio plus 20
HOSTS: Keith Tidball, Marianne Krasny
December 8, 2011
The 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) is being organized in
pursuance of UN General Assembly Resolution 64/236 and will take place in Brazil in June 2012 to mark
the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development
(UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable
Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. It is envisaged as a Conference at the highest possible level,
including Heads of State and Government or other representatives. The Conference will result in a
focused political document. Cornell University researchers, extension professionals, and ACSF Fellows
have been working towards contributing to the conference via active participation in Conventions such
as the Convention on Biodiversity and the Convention on Climate Change, among others. Due in large
part to an MOU between Stockholm University and Cornell, Cornell researchers and extension
professionals have collaborated closely with Thomas Elmqvist, a visiting professor from Stockholm who
has been actively involved in numerous high-level activities with the United Nations. Among these
activities are (1) efforts to recognize, protect, and enhance urban biodiversity: (2) economic valuation of
ecosystem services and biodiversity, and (3) conflict and disaster mitigation and response that includes
community based natural resource management. This ACSF Topical lunch, organized by the Cornell
Civic Ecology Lab, will be an opportunity to learn more about these and other activities, and also to
share amongst colleagues other activities that are related to the 2012 UNCSD ("Rio +20") in order to


Source: Angenent, Lars T. - Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University


Collections: Renewable Energy; Engineering