Article that was published in Woroni - ANU Student Newspaper 15 April 2012
ANU Delegation to Rio+20 Meets with Australian Government Taskforce
By Julie Melrose – Vice President and Environmental Officer of PARSA, Director of the ANU Student Delegation to Rio+20
Seventeen students have recently been selected as delegates to represent ANU at Rio+20 – the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 20 – 23 June 2012. The ANU delegates come from a range of different academic disciplines from both the undergraduate and postgraduate cohort.
On Thursday 12th April, the ANU delegation was given a private briefing by the Assistant Secretary from the Australian Government Rio+20 Taskforce from the Department of Environment and Water Resources, Christine Schweizer.
The briefing revealed that Australia has 8 priority areas that will be the focus of Australia’s negotiating leading up to and during Rio+20;
1. Oceans - Australia is leading the debate on the "Blue Economy";
2. Indigenous Issues - especially land and sea management;
3. Food Security
4. Mining and Sustainable Development –
5. Gender and Women’s Economic Empowerment
6. Disaster risk reduction
7. Sustainable Development Goals – a campaign being spearheaded by Colombia, Peru and Ecuador;
8. Desertification and land degradation.
The ANU delegates will be writing a research paper in the area of their interest to present at a student symposium planned for late May at the ANU before leaving for Brazil by the 17th June.
The ANU delegation are interested in engaging with other students interested in environmental policy and sustainable development leading up to Rio+20.
Email the delegation: ANU.Rio.firstname.lastname@example.org