Balsillie School to Host Public Debate on Rio+20 Conference

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Looking ahead to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) is hosting a public discussion on these issues with leading environmental policy experts.

Are “sustainable development” and “green growth” the same thing only repackaged? Has the paradigm of sustainable development helped produce a greener global economy? Will Rio+20 take us on a new, greener trajectory?
Looking ahead to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) is hosting a public discussion on these issues with leading environmental policy experts Maurice Strong, Jim MacNeil and David Runnalls. Thomas Homer-Dixon, CIGI Chair of Global Systems at the BSIA, will moderate the event.
The debate is co-sponsored by The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).
The public event, “Rio+ 20: Waste of Time or a New Beginning?”, will take place from 10 a.m. to noon, May 3, 2012, at the CIGI Auditorium at 67 Erb Street West in Waterloo. Members of the public who want to attend can register by visiting: http://rio20waterloo.eventbrite.com. Those who are not in Waterloo, or who want to watch the lecture from home can view the free, live webcast by registering through the same link.
Member of the media are invited to attend this event by registering in advance with CIGI Communications Specialist Declan Kelly at dkelly (at) cigionline (dot) org.
What: RIO+20: A Waste of Time or a New Beginning?
When: 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, May 3, 2012
Where: CIGI Auditorium, CIGI Campus, 67 Erb Street West, Waterloo
Participant Biographies:    
Maurice Strong: Former under-secretary general of the United Nations, Secretary General of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, and first Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme.
Jim MacNeill: Director of Environment at the OECD (1978–1984), Secretary General of the World Commission on Environment and Development (Brundtland Commission) and lead author of its landmark report Our Common Future (1984–1987),and member and Chairman of the World Bank's Inspection Panel (1997–2002).
David Runnalls: Distinguished Fellow with the International Institute for Sustainable Development, where he served as President from 1998 to 2010, member of the board of the Institute of Advanced Studies of the United Nations University, and CIGI Distinguished Fellow.
Thomas Homer-Dixon (moderator): CIGI Chair of Global Systems at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and author of 'Carbon Shift: How the Twin Crises of Oil Depletion and Climate Change Will Define the Future' (Random House 2011).
Media Contact:
Declan Kelly, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7356, Email: dkelly (at) cigionline (dot) org
The Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) was launched in 2007 to offer graduate programs in global governance and international public policy. The Balsillie School is a collaborative initiative of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, the University of Waterloo (UW), and Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier). With over 60 affiliated faculty teaching in the three programs, the Balsillie School will build on the current programming of the PhD in Global Governance (joint UW/Laurier), the MA in Global Governance (UW), and the Master’s in International Public Policy (Laurier).
The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of Research In Motion (RIM), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit http://www.cigionline.org.

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