One Earth is happy to share the results of the Advancing Sustainable Consumption and Production in North America Workshop. This workshop was a sharing and strategy session among stakeholders engaged in advancing sustainable consumption and production (SCP), including US and Canada government representatives, civil society, academia, private sector and international organizations. This meeting was organized by the North American Roundtable on Sustainable Production and Consumption (NARSPAC) in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme – Regional Office for North America (UNEP RONA). It included representatives of the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption (GRF-SPC) from the North American region. The results of the meeting was shared at UNEP RONA’s North American Major Groups and Stakeholders consultation (12-13 December 2012).
One Earth Initiative submitted a petition to the Government of Canada in December 2011, which can be viewed on the Auditor General's website. The responses have started coming back from the Government, with the first reply from Foreign Affairs and International Trade. One Earth asks about the Government of Canada’s consultation with the public and provinces in preparing its position prior to the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). One Earth also seeks clarification about Canada’s withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol, about its future plans and regulations to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, and about its reporting on reductions. One Earth asks the government about its carbon pricing plans and how it measures financial assistance to the oil and gas sector. In addition, One Earth asks whether the government intends to develop and use alternative measures, such as well-being indicators, in addition to traditional measures of economic activity, such as gross domestic product, and if it plans to integrate fair trade concerns into public procurement. The first reply is from Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Environment Canada, Finance Canada, Industry Canada, Natural Resources Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Treasury Board are expected to reply in the coming month.
Vanessa is back in Nairobi, Kenya for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council as the North American civil society representative. It is a historic occasion because it’s the 40th anniversary of the founding of UNEP – all of the past Executive Directors are returning to review our collective progress over the past 40 years. Vanessa is joining in this dialogue and helping to shape civil society engagement in the UN. The main themes of the meeting are institutional frameworks / governance and the green economy in the context of poverty eradication and sustainable development. The delegates are also talking about oceans, ecosystems, chemicals, waste, future scenarios and preparations for the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro.
One Earth was invited to host the BC consultation by the Canadian Environmental Network on behalf of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future (SF).
The other Canadian hosts are: Secrétariat des organismes environnementaux du Québec, QC; Saskatchewan Environmental Society, SK; Conservation Council of New Brunswick, NB; Whale Release and Strandings, NL; Centre de droit international du développement durable, QC; Manitoba Eco-Network, MB; Sustainability Education in Nova Scotia for Everyone, NS; Alberta Environmental Network, AB; One Earth Initiative, BC; Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy, ON.
One Earth organized a successful side event at the UN’s 19th Commission on Sustainable Development in New York on May 9, 2011, on the topic “A North American Approach to Sustainable Consumption and Production”. The idea behind the event was to have civil society, governments and other stakeholders present their latest efforts to promote sustainable patterns of consumption and production in Canada and the United States.
Vanessa Timmer, One Earth Executive Director, facilitated the event, and Emmanuel Prinet, Policy Director, presented the North American Actor & Activity Map on Sustainable Consumption and Production (see February 22nd, 2011, news item). Other speakers included: Holly Palen, Senior Policy Analyst, Sustainability Directorate, Environment Canada; Derry Allen, Counselor, Office of Strategic Environmental Management, Office of Policy, US EPA; Hilary French, Programme Officer, UNEP RONA, USA; and Jeffrey Barber, Executive Director, Integrative Strategies Forum.
One Earth Initiative designed and delivered the 2nd North American Sustainable Consumption Workshop from 31 January – 1 February 2011 in Ottawa. The goal was a multi-stakeholder dialogue promoting bi-national collaboration on green building, as an important application of international sustainable consumption and production efforts. This dynamic and action-oriented meeting was hosted by the Governments of Canada and the United States as well as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The workshop involved more than 80 experts in green building and sustainability from Canadian and U.S. government, industry and non-government organizations, as well as United Nations representatives. The agenda can be viewed here. Speaker presentations can be downloaded. You can also view photos from the workshop here. One Earth wrote three of the four background papers: #1: “Sustainable Consumption and Production” (PDF 888 kb); #2: “Green Building Key Topics” (PDF 184 kb); #3: “Existing Canada – U.S. Collaboration on Green Building” (PDF 324 kb). UNEP produced the fourth paper on International Processes on SCP (PDF 123 kb).
One Earth organized the civil society consultations in preparation for Rio + 20 Earth Summit (UNCSD) 2012, with the Liu Institute for Global Studies (UBC) and the United Nations Environment Programme. The reports are available on the consultation website and were provided to the Government of Canada. One Earth was invited to do so by the Canadian Environmental Network with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future (SF) The other Canadian hosts are: Secrétariat des organismes environnementaux du Québec, QC; Saskatchewan Environmental Society, SK; Conservation Council of New Brunswick, NB; Whale Release and Strandings, NL; Centre de droit international du développement durable, QC; Manitoba Eco-Network, MB; Sustainability Education in Nova Scotia for Everyone, NS; Alberta Environmental Network, AB; One Earth Initiative, BC; Canadian Institute for Environmental Law and Policy, ON. Find out more about the other cross-Canada consultations.
Emmanuel Prinet was selected by the Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN) to be International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) Champion for British Columbia.
This position was an important part of RCEN's ongoing collaboration with Environment Canada's Ecosystems and Biodiversity Priorities Division.
Throughout 2010, Emmanuel and the other selected IYB Champions prepared short reports on what work environmental groups in their region were doing on biodiversity, and promoted the IYB and biodiversity activities.
To read the Champions' reports, click here: http://rcen.ca/public-participation/engo-international-year-of-biodiversity-champions
One Earth Director Bill Rees set the stage for an international panel on Eco-Footprints and Solid Waste at the United Nations, during a side event hosted by One Earth with UN-Habitat, Worldwatch Institute and UNEP. At least 65 delegates came to hear from the speakers during the UN’s 18th Commission on Sustainable Development. Erik Assadourian, Director of Worldwatch Institute’s 2010 report, launched it here: State of the World 2010: Transforming Cultures from Consumerism to Sustainability.
UN Habitat’s Nairobi-based programme manager Graham Alabaster showed how waste has a different context in developing countries, which was brought to bear by speakers Mwalim Ali Mwalim and Cesar Castaneda, from the governments of Zanzibar and Nicaragua respectively. In developing countries, consumer goods – including those being produced from or for foreign markets – are causing problems in their landfills, for instance because of toxics. Juliet Schor – co-Founder of the Center for a New American Dream – wrapped up the panel by talking about “conspicuous waste” where as products become cheaper and cheaper, there are rising levels of waste, as seen in the garment industry. The side event was called: Eco-Footprints and Solid Waste: Making Tracks to Achieve Sustainable Patterns of Production and Consumption. The pamphlet is here.
Emmanuel Prinet, Vanessa Timmer and Bill Rees are taking part in the UN Commission on Sustainable Development meeting (2-14 May 2010), which includes a focus on sustainable consumption and production (SCP). Emmanuel, selected by the Canadian Environmental Network (RCEN), is the official nongovernmental organization (NGO) representative on the Canadian delegation. He and Vanessa are engaged in shaping the NGO position on SCP, and Vanessa is presenting in the inter-governmental plenary on behalf of the NGOs in the Interlinkages dialogue. Bill Rees is part of a high-level expert workshop on the green economy and sustainability with the UN Division on Sustainable Development. Bill is also speaking at the United Nations as part of a side event which One Earth is co-hosting on “Eco-footprints and Solid Waste: Making tracks to achieve sustainable patterns of production and consumption” with the Worldwatch Institute, UN-Habitat and UNEP.
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