Club de Madrid Official Side Event in Rio+20! Sustainable Development in an Unequal World

When? Wednesday,  20 June 2012 17:00 – 18:30h. Rio Centro Convention Center, Room T-4.

What? The vision statement from the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability offers an insightful summary of the global state of affairs: “Today our planet and our world are experiencing the best of times and the worst of times…  Inequality between the world’s rich and poor is growing, and more than a billion people still live in poverty.  In many countries, there are rising waves of protest reflecting universal aspirations for a more prosperous, just and sustainable world.”  In this event, world leaders past and present will speak to the urgent need respond to millions of people worldwide who need sustainable development to get out of poverty and to ensure security and stability, and to every country’s need for a transition to sustainable consumption and production that can ensure socially equitable and economically and environmentally viable economic development

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  • Ernst-Ulrich vonWeizsäcker, Co-Chair, Progress Forum, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung; Co-Chair International Resource Panel


  • Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director, UN Women; President of Chile (2006-2010); Member, Club  de Madrid
  • Gro Harlem Brundtland, Prime Minister of Norway (1986-1989 and 1990-1996); Former Chair  World Commission on Environment and Development; Member,  UN Secretary‐General’s Highlevel Panel on Global Sustainability; Member, Club de Madrid
  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation
  • Enrique Castillo. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Costa Rica
  • Angel Gurría, Secretary General, OECD
  • Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF
  • Mary Robinson, President of Ireland (1990-1997), Club de Madrid Member

Moderated Dialogue with United Nations experts, national government representatives and key stakeholdersfrom civil society

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