As the world prepares and awaits for the results of the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the Inter-American Development Bank has recognized the importance of promoting sustainability through poverty alleviation, climate change, energy for all, food security and social inclusion.

BACKGROUND

Twenty years after the historic United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs has organized the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development that will be held in the Rio Centro from June 20th  to June 22nd.

The milestones set in 1992 will be reviewed under the scope of three main objectives: i) securing renewed political commitment to sustainable development, ii) assessing the progress and implementation gaps in meeting already agreed commitments, and iii) addressing new and emerging challenges.

Member states have also set new topics to be considered under the committees, those concern green economy within the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication, and the structure of an institutional framework for sustainable development.

PURPOSE

In this context, the Inter-American Development Bank will participate in the conference, position itself as a partner interested in sustainability of development in the region and therefore showcase the different programs it is promoting to assist each of the country members in their development goals.

The delegation of the Bank will represent various areas, from climate change, energy and transport sectors to the Cities Initiative as well as the Biodiversity Platform. To present its work, the Bank has organized a “Climate Change and Sustainability Day” in which the main objective will be to introduce to our partners the commitments the institution has engaged and share with the public recent instruments and publications.

The Bank will be presenting a thinking piece on the Climate Challenge in the Region, a document that looks into the costs of physical impacts consequence of climate change, the costs of adaptation and the options for reducing the carbon footprint of the region to levels consistent with climate stabilization goals. The Climate Change Action Plan will also be presented; this plan outlines priority actions identified by the institution to address the climate challenge in the region, consistent with the GCI-9 objectives.  A short video highlighting key climate impacts will also be featured.

The Bank will also share advances on the Biodiversity Platform, an instrument under development intended to make a reality the promise of biodiversity as an engine of progress in the region, as well as a video on the topic.  The presentation will be followed by a discussion by a high level panel on the structure and objectives of the platform.

An update will also be presented on activities for ensuring Energy Access to All in the region.  During this presentation an update on CIF funded activities for renewable energy will be included.

Finally, the Sustainable Emerging Cities Initiative will present the latest developments of the Actions Plans of its pilot cities, as well as the diagnostics of the new cities enrolled in 2012. Being one of the main areas of opportunity for sustainable growth at a local level; the Regionally Environmental Sustainable Transport – Action Plan will also showcase a panel of specialists which will discuss the achievements of Millennium Development Goals through transportation projects by building transportation systems resilient to climate change impacts.

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