Rio+20 side event: “UN multi-stakeholder strategies for scaling-up and mainstreaming sustainable development”
To achieve a green economy, green society and a world fit for children will require a radical transformation in our policies, technologies, patterns of production and consumption, and our foci of innovation. A wide range of sustainable development strategies has emerged, led by UN agencies, international and national organizations as well as civil society. But while these practices have demonstrated their potential to engage and empower even the most vulnerable and marginalized communities, they often retain a status of “good examples” and are seldom up-scaled and mainstreamed to become a core strategy for a green economy.
This event, organized by UNU-IAS in partnership with UNICEF, UNDP and UNESCO, will explore multi-stakeholder partnerships and strategies that enable the implementation and concretization of sustainable development in areas such as urban planning, education, disaster risk reduction, innovation, research and more. It will also show that, in order to upscale sustainability practices at all levels, new and innovative forms of education and capacity development are required. A particular emphasis will be placed on the ways in which UNU-IAS initiatives have created more effective information and knowledge generation and sharing on sustainable development, as case studies on learning as a transformative tool towards sustainability.