United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Preparing for Rio+20
In 2010, The Baum Foundation and The Meridian Foundation hosted the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Consultation on Mobilizing the Green Economy in San Francisco in preparation for the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – “Rio+20”.
The United Nations Environment Program Regional Office for North America convened a consultation on the Green Economy in preparation for the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio+20 with 50 participants from businesses and non-governmental organizations and representatives from the Canadian government and the California EPA. The consultation objective was to facilitate dialogue on the green economy and to brainstorm about concrete green economy initiatives, which could possibly be launched at the Rio Conference.
A panel on potential initiatives for mobilizing the Green Economy focused on finance, clean technology and enabling policies at the sub national level. April Bucksbaum, Executive Director of The Baum Foundation, and Deanne LaRue, Executive Director of The Meridian Foundation, welcomed participants and stressed the importance of the meeting and noted that they have worked on and experienced a plethora of success stories generated by the work of UNEP.
Amy Fraenkel, Director of UNEP‟s Regional Office for North America, stressed in her opening remarks that the world cannot afford to wait for action. She briefed participants on the UN preparatory process on Rio+20, which is led by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), in collaboration with UNEP and other UN entities.