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Invitation to join Rio+20 Issues Cluster on "Innovation"

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IAAI secretary Miroslav Polzer has been invited to serve as Rio+20 Issue Cluster Facilitator for the topic "Innovation".
These thematic clusters are voluntary associations of the Rio+20 NGO Major Group for the purpose of arriving at common policy positions and lobbying strategies.
The Rio+20 Major Group ‘NGOs’ Organizing Partners have identified a number of key NGO networks, and asked representatives central to these networks to help set up thematic clusters for the purpose of arriving at common policy positions and lobbying strategies. We invite you to serve on one or more of the proposed thematic clusters by contacting the designated facilitators provided in this document and in the attached matrix of zero draft priority areas.
The thematic facilitators, have been asked to commit to maintaining an email list for their cluster and to facilitate electronic communications as well as coordinate meetings of their cluster at the UN if so desired. The immediate aim is to derive a common position for each thematic cluster to advocate in the Rio process with a common voice.
source: http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php?page=view&nr=857&type=230&menu=38
more detailed information can be found here: http://www.anped.org/media/LETTER%20TO%20NGO%20REPRESENTATIVES.pdf
The formation of Rio+20 Innovation Cluster is a follow-up to the Informal Strategy Development Workshop “Thematic Priority ‘Innovation and Youth’ – Key to Success at Rio+20?!” which took place 23rd of January 2012 in New York (you can find more information and links to videos of the presentations at http://www.glocha.info/index.php/latest-news/182-innovandyouthstrategywsny).

Info about IAAI: “International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges IAAIwww.glocha.info - is a not-for profit private association, which has been established under Austrian law of associations by an international group of scientists, science managers and futures studies experts in April 2007. IAAI main objective is to explore and promote systemic innovation regarding resource mobilization of global civil society for effective global governance in support of the work of United Nation System (visit http://glocha.info/attachments/article/182/RationaleforResourceMobilizatioInnovations_Why%20GloCha.pdf for more info).

What are we supposed to do in the Thematic Clusters?
 The thematic facilitators, have been asked to commit to maintaining an email list for their cluster and to facilitate electronic communications as well as coordinate meetings of their cluster at the UN if so desired.
The immediate aim is to derive a common position for each thematic cluster to advocate in the Rio process with a common voice.
The office of the Major Groups Programme Coordinator has agreed to compile NGO amendments into the zero draft outcome document for the Bureau's consideration. The deadline for this NGO compilation text is Friday, 24 February.
Propose text amendments for the outcome document, should be short and concise, and follow UN modalities -- 2 or 3 sentences at most -- submitted by 24 February.
Longer-term aims could include:
Identify common elements and principles within the cluster.
Identify potential partnerships or initiatives for (1) collective lobbying of governments and (2) implementation of Rio+20 decisions.
Source: http://www.anped.org/media/LETTER%20TO%20NGO%20REPRESENTATIVES.pdf

For communication among the Cluster member we have established a public google group http://groups.google.com/group/innovation4rio (E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

By joining this google group at http://groups.google.com/group/innovation4rio you can become member of ‘Rio+20 Issues Cluster on "Innovation"’ and you will be included in all our future communication.

We are going to use also the Web 2.0 communication tools developed by Rio+20 Major Group NGO:

You are encouraged to join also ‘United Nations Sustainable Development’ group on LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=1888615&trk=anet_ug_hm

As regards meetings at the UN: we (IAAI) have submitted in partnership with Academic Council on the United Nations System www.acuns.org a Side event proposal “Rio+20: A Global Innovation Summit?” for Third Intersessional end of March, which could serve as a good opportunity for cluster embers to meet if the proposal will be accepted. (cluster members will be informed about future developments on this via innovation4rio(at)googlegroups.com mailing list).

As regards input of our ‘Innovation’ cluster to “NGO amendments into the zero draft outcome document for the Bureau's consideration”:

A first input to the Major groups coordination process for Rio+20 outcome document negotiations expected by next Friday process!

 We have uploaded the Zero Draft Outcome document with some ideas for innovation related amendments inserted in “track changes” modus. The link to the document is: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0Bx6Y_m1IHZsDNzUxZjNjMjktYTU2ZC00MWEwLTliMjItNzBiZGM5MDI3NGM3 .(click on download the original document to see ammendments in track changes modus); you can find the document in pdf form here

Please react swiftly and add your ideas and send them it back to me (polzer(at)glocha.info)

Looking forward to work with you on making Rio+20 a big success!

miro

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