International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges IAAI www.glocha.info  is organizing in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund www.unicef.org  

Second Intersessional Meeting, New York, 15 – 16 December 2011 a joint Side Event on “Mobilizing Civil Society for Sustainable Development and Rio+20 & The Special Role of Youth”, Thursday 15 December 1:15-2:45, Conference Room E, North Lawn Building, UN Headquarter, New York


Thematic Focus of the Side Event and Contribution to UNCSD/Rio+20

With the side event ‘Mobilizing Civil Society for Sustainable Development and Rio+20 & The Special Role of Youth’ the organizers want to draw attention of the UNCSD/Rio+20 preparatory process on the need for systemic global governance innovation and a broad multi-stakeholder partnership vision of a renewed UN led sustainable development governance system – shared and nurtured by global civil society and especially global youth. Global Sustainable development governance needs to be linked up more directly with global citizens, and to reach the so called ‘man, woman and child on the street’. Rio+20 and the new Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development have to aim at linking conceptually UN led global sustainable development efforts with individual everyday lifestyle, consumption and resource sharing decisions of 7 billion global citizens. If Rio+20 succeeds in this respect it has the potential to become a landmark event in United Nations Intellectual History (see www.unhistory.org/ for more info about the intellectual history of the UN system, the evolution of UN ideas, concepts and institutions over time).



Aron Belinky, Instituto Vitae Civilis, Sao Paulo, Brazilian Rio+20 Civil Society Facilitating Committee, Sao Paulo/Brazil

Rio+20 and Civil Society in Brazil


Involving children in building the future we want

 Jean Paul Brice Affana, Rio+20 Global Youth Music Contest coordinator, UNFCCC Youth Focal Point 2011, African Youth Initiative on Climate Change, Yaoundé/Cameroon

Youth as agents of (global) change – The “Rio+20 Global Youth Music Contest” and the plan to organize a public event on Times Square during 3rd Intersessional Meeting in March 2012

Sandra Antonović, Nektarina schools network in Central and Southeast Europe & Central Asia, Zagreb/Croatia

Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is the Key to a Sustainable World!

 Ivana Savić, UNCSD Major Group for Children and Youth organizing partner, Belgrade/Serbia

Rights of the Child and the Need for Effective Global Governance and Future oriented Sharing of Resources


UNICEF projects related to Rio (and the potentials of UNICEF goodwill ambassadors to build momentum for Rio+20)


 Miroslav Polzer, International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges IAAI, Klagenfurt/Austria www.glocha.info

The ‘Rio+20 15/15/15 UN Civil Society Partnership formula’- 15 billion €, 15 million volunteers for UN led global/local sustainable development efforts by the year 2015 – IAAI input to Rio+20 Outcome document consultation

 For more details regarding the 2nd INtersessional Meeting of Rio+20/UNCSD see http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php?menu=25 and


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