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planNet News 14 Sept 2011: We are Back, New Office, Updates on IGES's Roles on Rio+20 

We are back with a New office, Updates on what IGES has done on Rio+20 and Geo5, Interesting events, Book recommendation, Also, please update us with your information and stay tuned for our new website and Facebook! Lastly, share this e-mail widely!

About IGES

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), established under an initiative of the Japanese government in 1998, is an international research institute conducting practical and innovative research for realising sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.

Upcoming Events on Sustainable Development
UEF-UNEP Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements

4 - 16 Sep 2011
Bangkok, Thailand

Researchers Workshop and Conference on Climate Change and Migration in Asia and the Pacific
14 - 16 Sep 2011
Manila, Philippines

AsiaRegional Meeting Preparatory to UNCCD COP
14 - 16 Sep 2011
Bali, Indonesia

International Symposium on Costs and Benefits of REDD Plus: What, Who, How and When?
19 - 20 Sep 2011
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

7th Ministerial Conference of the UN “Environment for Europe”, ECE
(By United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
21 - 23 Sep 2011
Astana, Kazakhstan 

Dialogue on Green Economy and Inclusive Growth
3 - 4 Oct 2011
New Delhi, India

Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas
14 Oct 2011
Thimpu, Butan

Asia-Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the UNCSD
17-20 Oct 2011
Seoul, Korea

Asia-PacificClimate Change Adaptation Forum
27-28 Oct 2011
Bangkok, Thailand

**For interesting side events of this forum, please find at this web page.**

Book Recommendation
Sustainable Consumption and Production in the Asia-Pacific Region:

Effective Responses in a Resource Constrained World
© 2010 Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

This White Paper explores issues in sustainable consumption and production (SCP) in the Asia-Pacific region and provides unique insights on stakeholder roles, natural resources, and transboundary issues in light of SCP. Although both consumption and production are intertwined, when talking about sustainability in the region, the primary focus here is on sustainable consumption, as there has been considerable research over the past few decades on sustainable production, but relatively little on sustainable consumption.

This white paper can be downloaded, free of charge, from this web page.

We are Back

We haven’t activated our activity updates for some time and now we are ready to serve you, << Receiver's Name >>, again with exciting news and information. I will be your new correspondent and my name is Nuntanit. You can call me Ning. I have been working as a media campaigner for NGOs and a long-time environmental activist. Nice to meet you all!

New Office

We are pleased to inform you that IGES has opened a Regional Centre in Bangkok and the new SDPlanNet website will be managed from this new IGES office.

Updates on Rio+20

We have a few updates on what IGES has been doing to prepare for the crucial United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 2012, as follows:

Ian Johnson, Secretary-General, Club of RomeIGES organised an open lecture by the Secretary General of the Club of Rome on 31 May 2011 in Tokyo. Entitled “Real Values and their Role in Promoting the New Economics of Growth and Real Wealth: Sustainability under scrutiny”. The lecture was a part of IGES’ preparations for Rio+20. In his lecture, the Secretary General looked at economic activity in today's world and how it was causing critical problems for mankind including environmental damage. The lecture noted a need to change direction toward economies more conducive to social sustainability and to ensure full employment and protect natural capital. For details, please visit this web page.

ISAP 2011IGES with United Nations University’s Institute of Advanced Studies organized The Third International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2011) on 26-27 July in Yokohama. About 850 people participated in this event. It was convened with the main themes of “green economy” in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and the “institutional framework” for sustainable development, in line with the twin focuses of Rio+20. For details, please visit this web page.


On 5-9 September 2011 IGES participated in the second GEO5 (The Fifth Global Environment Outlook) authors’ meeting in Bangkok. This meeting provided insights into possible and workable solutions at the regional and global level and looked at critical elements to achieve transformative change over the short and long term (next 5 to 20 years).

IGES has been a longstanding collaborating centre for UNEP’s GEO series and IGES staff are fully engaged in preparation for GEO5, which is scheduled for production in 2012, in time to influence the outcomes of Rio+20. For details of GEO, please visit

In preparation for Rio+20, IGES is continuing to promote regional and global discussion of the key aspects of sustainable development, such as governance and green economy. In addition, we are preparing a proposal for Rio+20 and the Fourth White Paper will also contribute to the IGES messages.

Thank You and Welcome more Members!

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Important Note
Our website and Facebook fanpage are currently inactive due to the work transition, but we promise you new and exciting features soon, stay tuned!

Best wishes to all of you,
Ning, IGES Regional Centre