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U.S. Signature Initiatives

Fact Sheet
Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
June 19, 2012


Rio+20 is a historic opportunity to communicate the value of sustainable development and help galvanize real-world, collaborative action to stimulate growth, protect the environment and provide a healthy future for our citizens.

In the 20 years since the first Rio Conference, the United States has used new partnershipsinvolving government, the private sector and civil society to tackle sustainable development challenges, including access to clean energy, protecting our water resources and forests, building sustainable cities, combating climate change, and making agriculture more sustainable.

During Rio+20, the U.S. delegation will present the following signature initiatives/events to showcase effective models for partnership:

1. Clean Cities, CleanClimate: Launch of Solid Waste Partnership: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), the World Bank, the Clinton Climate Initiative /C-40 and the Global Methane Initiative are launching an international initiative to reduce methane and black carbon pollutants from municipal solid waste.The CCAC is a groundbreaking international campaign to dramatically cut short-lived climate pollutants that cause more than 30 percent of current global warming. Launched in February, it has already tripled in size.

Date: Tuesday, June 19 Time: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.Location:Fort of Copacabana

2. Reducing Deforestation through Sustainable Supply Chains: The U.S. Government and the companies of the Consumer Goods Forum will announce a commitment to forge a new public-private partnership to promote sustainable supply chains and reduce deforestation.

Date: Tuesday, June 19Time: 2 p.m.-3:30p.m.Location: U.S. Center


3. U.S.-Brazil Joint Initiative on Urban Sustainability (JIUS):The initiative will highlight the United States and Brazil’s innovative bilateral cooperation on urban sustainability, and launch the JIUS platform, which will link cities around the world to large-scale investors and encourage new public-private partnerships to invest in sustainable infrastructure and job creation.

Date: Wednesday, June 20 Time: 12:30p.m.-2 p.m. Location: U.S. Center

4. The U.S. Water Partnership Global Launch:A new partnership to mobilize U.S. expertise, knowledge and resources to address water challenges around the globe. The United States Government is proud to join forces with the public and private sectors, academic institutions, foundations, and non-profit organizations from throughout the United States to create a more water-secure world.

Date: Wednesday, June 20 Time: 5 p.m.-6:30p.m.Location: U.S. Center

5. Women and Natural Resources:Sustainable development is only possible when bothwomen and men can influence national policies, participate in community affairs and rise to their full potential. This session will identify ways to engage women in sectors such as fisheries, forestry, food security and health, along with strategies for promoting equal access for women at community, national and international policy levels.

Date: Thursday, June 21Time: 5 p.m.-6:30p.m.Location: U.S. Center

6. The U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative: The State Department, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency willintroduce an innovative, collaborative financing mechanism to help mobilize clean energy investments in Africa and low-income countries throughout the developing world. The U.S.-Africa Clean Energy Finance Initiative will align U.S. Government resources in new ways to better address the connected challenges of energy access, development and climate change.

Date: Friday, June 22 Time: 10:30 a.m.Location: P-4 Briefing Room

U.S. Center Events are available live on-line. Follow us on Twitter: #USRio20

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