6 May, 2011
Vision for RIO+20: System Change for Green Economy and Poverty Reduction
|Date:||Friday, 6th May|
|Time:||1:15pm - 2:30 pm (EST)|
Secretariat Room 8,
This seminar will show how changes in price structure and sustainable infrastructure can lead to poverty reduction in a green economy. The speaker argues that the transition towards a low carbon green growth cannot be realized without a fundamental restructuring of the price structure, by internalizing ecological prices through environmental taxes and environmental fiscal reform. The two core features of environmental fiscal reforms, revenue neutrality and double dividend, are powerful tools for changing the price structure while stimulating economic growth.
In terms of sustainable infrastructure, the speaker makes a case for developing countries to promote sustainable infrastructure through urban planning and design, green buildings and making the switch from private transportation to public transportation modes so that they are not locked into unsustainable consumption and production patterns.
The seminar is part of the UNU Midday Forum Series, which offers an intimate and informal platform of discussion for the UN permanent missions, the UN Secretariat, UN agencies, academia, NGOs and the private sector to exchange ideas on important topics related to the UN.
- Rae Kwon Chung, Director, Environment and Development Division, UNESCAP, Bangkok, Thailand
- Jean-Marc Coicaud, Director, United Nations University Office in New York.
Mr. Chung is the Director of the Environment and Development Division, UNESCAP, in Bangkok, Thailand. Prior to his appointment, he served as Counselor at the Korean Mission to the UN and the OECD. He was also the Director-General for International Economic Affairs at the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. As the Climate Change Ambassador of the Republic of Korea from 2008 to 2010, he proposed the idea of NAMA Registry and carbon credit for NAMA. He is also known for proposing the idea of a unilateral CDM at the UNFCCC COP6 in 2000. In 2005, as the Director of the Environment and Sustainable Development Division in UNESCAP, he initiated the concept of green growth which was recognized by the 5th Ministerial Conference of Environment and Development of Asia and the Pacific (MCED) held in the Republic of Korea in 2005 as a key strategy for achieving sustainable development. He also contributed as a lead author for an IPCC special report on technology transfer and received a personal copy of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize as contributor to the award of IPCC Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Mr. Chung studied Economics at SungKyunKwan University in Korea and completed his MA (Master of Science in Foreign Service) at Georgetown University in Washington DC.
Jean-Marc Coicaud is the Director of the United Nations University (UNU) Office at the United Nations Headquarters (New York). He was Senior Academic Officer and Director of Studies at the UNU Headquarters (Tokyo) from 1996 to 2003. From 1992 to 1996, he served in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General as a speechwriter for Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali. A former fellow at Harvard University (Center for International Affairs, Department of Philosophy and Harvard Law School, from 1986 to 1992), Coicaud has held appointments such as Cultural Attaché with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Legislative Aide with the European Parliament (Financial Committee). He has also been a Visiting Professor at the École Normale Supérieure-Ulm in Paris and has taught at the New School for Social Research (New York). In addition, he has been a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (Washington, D.C.), a Global Research Fellow at New York University School of Law and a Visiting Scholar at the School of Public Policy and Management of Tsinghua University (Beijing). Coicaud holds a Ph.D. in Political Science-Law from the Sorbonne and a Doctorat d'État in philosophy from the Institut d'Études Politiques of Paris. Jean-Marc Coicaud has published 14 books in the fields of comparative politics, political and legal theory, international relations and international law. They are available in English, French, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish and Arabic, and include the following single-authored books: L'introuvable démocratie autoritaire (L'Harmattan, 1996), Légitimité et Politique (Presses Universitaires de France, 1997), Politics and Legitimacy: A Contribution to the Study of Political Right and Political Responsibility (Cambridge University Press, 2002), Beyond the National Interest (United States Institute of Peace Press, 2007), Kokuren no Genkai/Kokuren no Mirai (Future of the UN/Limits of the UN - Fujiwara Shoten, 2007), Mai Xiang Guo Ji Fa Zhi (Towards the International Rule of Law - Sanlian Shudian, 2008). His latest book, co-edited with Hilary Charlesworth, is Fault Lines of International Legitimacy (Cambridge University Press, 2009).
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