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Global Transition 2012 Dialogue # 2 17th-18th March

Global Transition 2012

Global Transition 2012 Dialogue # 2 17th-18th March

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Two day pass: 17th-18th March
This is a two day pass for the dialogue. If you register for a two day pass you do not need to register for a single day pass as well. Single day passes are only for delegates who wish to attend one of the two days.
Single day pass for Saturday, 17th March   more info Free  
Single day pass for Sunday, 18th March   more info Free  

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On March 17th and 18th the Global Transition 2012 is hosting the second Global Transition Dialogue on the new economy in collaboration with the following organisations:


Centre for Environment and Development (Sri Lanka)

Danish 92 Group

Green Economy Coalition

Instituto Vitae Civilis

International Trade Union Confederation

new economics foundation (nef)


New Economics Institute

Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future







Building on the success of the first Dialogue in October, 2011, this second Dialogue in the series, coinciding with the March ‘informal’ negotiations and the third intersessional meeting of the UNCSD conference secretariat, is an opportunity for policy makers, international and local NGOs, academics, and practitioners to come together to engage in open discussions to develop practical, implementable solutions that will facilitate a global transition to the new economy.

As we move towards Rio +20, the outcome of this dialogue will catalyse, ongoing partnerships and ‘coalitions of the willing’ who intend to play a significant role in the implementation of policy and action which supports the global transition.

A Global Transition from an economy that is unsustainable to one that supports wellbeing, equality, and operates within environmental limits equitably is essential to achieving sustainable development.  In light of the ‘priority areas’ of the green economy that have been identified in the zero draft process so far, as well as the proposed Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Transition Dialogue #2 will focus on practical and implementable approaches to these key areas; and will provide a forum for a range of actors to ‘cluster’ around some of the priority areas and develop thinking on how the transition can be achieved for each.

For more information about the Dialogue please contact Kirsty Schneeberger on: 

Dialogue papers that will inform the discussions will be hosted at the Global Transition 2012 online platform at

The Programme

DAY ONE: 17th March, 13.30 - 18.00pm


Welcome Refreshments from 13.00pm

13.30 – 14.00

Setting the scene
A review of the status of the current process; including additional inputs to the zero draft ahead of the March session.

Welcome & introduction: Kirsty Schneeberger (Global Transition Coordinator)
Derek Osborn (Co-chair of Rio +5, former DG of UK Environment Ministry)

14.00 – 15.00

Panel debate
Can the ‘green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication’ deliver?

- Soledad Ghione (CLAES, Latin American Center of Social Ecology)
- UNDP (tbc)
- Victoria Johnson (new economics foundation)
- Tara Rao (Danish 92 group)  

Coffee Break: 15.00 – 15.15

15.15 – 16.15

Plenary presentations
Stories of the emerging new economy: Presenting stories of new and green economy initiatives from around the world. A bottom up approach.


Carina Millstone: NEI presents Global Transition Map
Liz Thompson (co-chair of the Rio +20 Bureau)

16.15 – 17.30

Plenary presentations; open discussion
Principles for a new economy


- Oliver Greenfield (Green Economy Coalition)
- Anabella Rosemberg (ITUC)
Chair: Jeff Huffines (CIVICUS)

17.30 – 18.00

Pulling elements together: a synthesis of the day’s achievements

Wrap up session
- Derek Osborn

Evening reception with keynote speech by Liz Thompson


DAY TWO: 18th March, 10.30-16.00 THE NEW ECONOMY IN PRACTICE: Practical development of the Rio +20 green economy initiatives


Welcome Refreshments from 10.00

10:30 – 10:45

Overview of Day One
Expectations of Day Two

- Kirsty Schneeberger (Global Transition Coordinator, Stakeholder Forum)
- Derek Osborn (Co-chair of Rio +5, former DG of UK Environment Ministry)

10.45 – 11.30

Enabling conditions:

How to foster a green transition, including learning and skills development, and transparent and participatory governance
?  A systemic exploration of barriers tochange and addressing them.

Panel debate
- Paul Dickinson (Chairman, Carbon Disclosure Project)
Convention for CSRA
- Fulai Sheng (UNEP briefing Papers)
Briefings on the thematic areas
Learning and Skills

11.30 – 13.00

Focus on policy and initiatives: Focussed roundtable discussions around key areas relating to the green economy
- Energy
- Water
- Food
-Green jobs
- Financial reform
- Cities
- Oceans


- Facilitator introduces the session
- Input from table participants
- Responses from governments

Brunch 13.00 – 13.45

13.45 – 15.00

Knowledge sharing and mapping the green economy: Developing thinking around an international knowledge sharing platform to support policy and action in countries, hosting for example, toolkits.  Do we need a roadmap?

How could a ‘platform’ develop?
Exploring the proposal for a ‘roadmap’
Where to next?

Panel presentations

- Cameron Allen (UN DESA) tbc
Presenting the paper
- Farooq Ullah (Stakeholder Forum)
Next steps – how this fits into the post Rio context

15.00 – 15.15

Reflections on the day and moving forward

Nis Christensen, Chief Advisor to the Minister - Head of Rio+20 Secretariat


Pulling elements together
: a synthesis of the day’s achievements

Wrap up session by Derek Osborn, including feedback from roundtable sessions

Have questions about Global Transition 2012 Dialogue # 2 17th-18th March? Contact Global Transition 2012


Pace University
163 William St
New York, NY 10038


Global Transition 2012

The Global Transition 2012 is an international network of organisations and leading thinkers from the Global North and South.

It is catalysing a ‘Global Transition’ by building a community of civil society organisations across the globe to promote and deliver a rapid transition to the desirable and beneficial economy that we aspire to.

The ultimate vision of the initiative is an alternative global green economy that maximises well-being, operates within environmental limits  and is capable of coping and adapting to global environmental change.

Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future, nef (the new economics foundation) and New Economics Institute  are working in partnership to achieve this. Working with other partners such as the Green Economy Coalition and Bioregional, we are aiming to grow the network of organisations from now, in the lead up to Rio+20 and beyond.

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