Natural environment  |  Events  |  05.06.2012

State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity

The Greens/EFA are organising a Public Hearing in the European Parliament that will feature the Worldwatch Institute's report "State of the World 2012". It will be the occasion to discuss first hand information on the Rio+20 challenges.

Date: 5th of June 2012, 12:00-14:00
Venue: European Parliament, Building Paul Henri Spaak, 4th floor, room 4B1
Language: English

Founded in 1974 the Washington-based Worldwatch Institute was the first independent research Institute with a global environmental perspective. In 2011 a European Office was opened in Copenhagen, the leading green capital of the EU. As world leaders will meet in June 20 years after the Earth Summit another time in Brazil for the Rio +20 Conference, the 2012 edition of "State of the World" focuses on necessary changes and policies.

To promote discussion around this vital topic at the Rio+20 U.N. Conference and beyond, "State of the World 2012: Moving toward Sustainable Prosperity" showcases creative policies and fresh approaches that are advancing sustainable development in the twenty-first century. Chapters written by international experts present a comprehensive look at current trends in global economics and sustainability, a policy toolbox of clear solutions to some of our most pressing environmental and human challenges, and a path for reforming economic institutions to promote both ecological health and prosperity.

In order to have the chance to get first hand information on these Rio+20 challenges, and to debate on the message the EU should send to this Summit, the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament host a Public Hearing, with the following draft programme:

12.00 - 12.30: Sandwich Buffet  
12.30 - 12.40: MEP Nikos Chrysogelos, welcoming speech
12.40 - 13.00: Bo Normander (Director, Worldwatch Institute Europe), "State of the World Report 2012"
13.00 - 13.20: Eirini Glyki (Researcher, Worldwatch Institute Europe), "Messages for Rio+20"
13.20 - 13.30: Q&A
13.30 - 13.50: Alexandra Hayles (Senior Researcher, Worldwatch Institute Europe), “Beyond Enterprise - Emerging Cooperatives"
13.50 - 14.00: MEP Satu Hassi (Board of Directors, Worldwatch Institute Europe), closing remarks 

To facilitate the organisation, please register at myrofora.kostidoueuroparl.europaeu