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Organizers: Marianne Krasny and Keith Tidball December 8, 2011

Summary: Organizers: Marianne Krasny and Keith Tidball
December 8, 2011
Attendance: Keith Tidball, Marianne Krasny, Thomas Elmqvist, Lauren Chambliss, Frank DiSalvo, David
Wolfe, Johannes Lehmann, Rich Stedman, David Kay, Rebecca Schneider, Brian Chabot, David Dieterich,
Steven Wolf, Chuck Geisler
This ACSF Topical lunch, organized by the Cornell Civic Ecology Lab, was an opportunity to learn more
about the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD),being organized in
pursuance of UN General Assembly Resolution 64/236 and taking 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. We took advantage of an opportunity to share amongst
colleagues other activities that are related to the 2012 UNCSD ("Rio +20") in order to foster new
collaborations across disciplines and fields within Cornell. We reviewed and discussed implications for
scholarship, visibility, and impact regarding how Rio +20 is envisaged as a Conference at the highest
possible level, including Heads of State and Government or other representatives, and is expected to
result in a focused political document. Participants in the topical lunch generally agreed that it is
important for Cornell scholars to "be at the table" in meaningful ways at these important international
science-policy interface meetings. Participants also expressed general agreement that we should move
forward with conceptualizing and organizing a Cornell presence at Rio +20, specifically focused at a
minimum on already-existing or scheduled possibilities at Rio +20 side events (including the ICLEI- CBD


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


Collections: Renewable Energy; Engineering