rio-future-we-wantTo complement the Rio+20 Earth Summit talks, two expert panels (15 June and 18 June 2012) were held by the Asia-Europe Environment Forum and its partners.

The first panel, Scenarios for Sustainable Development Governance: National Mechanisms that Work, focused on various strategies for sustainable development governance implemented across Asia and Europe and examined their strengths and weaknesses. “While global efforts are being discussed, national mechanisms have gone farther for environmental justice in countries like Hungary,” said one of the panel members Dr. Sándor Fülöp, Deputy Commissioner for Fundamental Rights who was also once Ombudsman for Future Generations.

The second panel, Towards and beyond Rio+20: Sustainable Development Delivery at the Regional Level brought high level representatives from regional and sub-regional organisations, scientific advisory bodies, and development banks. Participants identified some opportunities and synergies for potential cooperation within their respective regions and across regions.

The new study ‘Global Architectures for Sustainable Development Delivery’ was also presented in these two panels by the ASEF and its partners. The publication maps national and regional mechanisms in Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) countries and surveys solutions in Asia and Europe over the last two decades made by national governments and specialised commissions, non-government and regional organisations.

The Rio+20 side events were organised under the Asia-Europe Environment Forum, a strategic partnership of the Asia-Europe Foundation, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Hanns Seidel Foundation, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, together with the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, the Earth Council, the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific at the Asian Institute of Technology, and the ASEM SMEs Eco-Innovation Center