Future Earth launch event
The new global 10-year initiative Future Earth - research for global sustainability will be launched at the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development prior to Rio+20.
- Thursday 14 June, 18.15 - 20.00
- Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (at the gymnasium)
Future Earth aims to work with policy-makers and other stakeholders to deliver the knowledge needed to enable societies to meet their sustainable development goals. It will provide an overarching interdisciplinary framework for mobilising global research efforts after Rio+20.
The event will feature a lively debate among scientists, policy-makers and civil society on how this initiative can ensure that international science is truly collaborating with policy-makers and other stakeholders.
Future Earth is being established by a unique Alliance for global sustainability including researchers, funders and users of knowledge, comprising the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), the Belmont Forum of research funders, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations University (UNU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) supportive, and actively involved in the establishment of Future Earth. Future Earth will build on the strengths of the current Global Environmental Change Programmes: Diversitas, IGBP, IHDP and WCRP.
18.15: Opening remarks – Yuan Tseh Lee, ICSU president
18.20: Future Earth presentation – Johan Rockström, Executive Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Sweden
18.40: High level science-policy panel, with questions from the audience – moderated by Felix Dodds, Executive Director, Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future
19.30: Cocktail reception
Neil Hawkins, Vice President, Sustainability and Environment, The Dow Chemical Company, USA
Diana Liverman, Future Earth Transition Team co-Chair and co-Director, Institute of the Environment at the University of Arizona, USA
Steven Wilson, Executive Director, International Council for Science (ICSU)
Joseph Alcamo, Chief Scientist, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz, Scientific Director, Sao Paulo Research Foundation; Belmont Forum member
Bertha Becker, Emeritus Professor, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Jakob Rhyner, Vice Rector for Europe, United Nations University (UNU)
The Science Forum
The five-day Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development will be held on 11-15 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, just prior to the Rio+20 conference. See: www.icsu.org/rio20/science-and-technology-forum, for registration.
The Forum is open and free for all participants throughout the five days. Government representatives, scientists, and other Rio+20 stakeholders are welcome to attend.