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Rio+20: Regional Workshop for Europe in Helsinki

Rio+20: Regional Workshop for Europe in Helsinki

Copyright Tuukka Troberg

The Rio+20 Regional Science and Technology Workshop for Europe was held 12-14 October 2011 in Helsinki, Finland. It was part of the regional workshop series that were organised prior to the intergovernmental Rio+20 preparatory meetings.

Regional workshops gave each region's scientific and technological community the opportunity to provide joint input for the regional preparatory processes and to discuss their views with policy makers and other key actors, thereby feeding region-specific scientific knowledge, issues and concerns into the Rio+20 Conference on 4-6 June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Helsinki Workshop brought together renowned natural scientists, social scientists and engineers from across Europe to discuss the main themes of the Rio+20 conference from the point of view of the European scientific and technological community. There was also representation from North America, from the other main stakeholder groups of society (Major Groups) and from high-level policy making circles.

The main workshop outcome is a joint statement with key issues and concerns from the European scientific and technological community:

  • green economy in the context of poverty eradication and sustainable development
  • the institutional framework for sustainable development
  • new and emerging challenges

Structured around three thematic working groups, the workshop was organised by the European ICSU Members, in cooperation with ICSU and UNESCO, and hosted by the Council of Finnish Academies. Support was also obtained from the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, the Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters, the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters, Aalto University and the Finnish National Commission for UNESCO, with the President of the Republic of Finland, Ms. Tarja Halonen, as the workshop patron.

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