Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Science and Technology Workshop
Apr 19, 2011
Mexico City, Mexico
August 4, 2011 - August 6, 2011
Sponsoring Organization(s): 
United Nations

Overarching aims of the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Science and Technology Workshop: o To ensure that the best available science, including social science, is integrated into policy recommendations resulting from Rio+20. o To ensure that relevant policies resulting from Rio+20 take account of the needs of international and national science, as strengthening science, technology and innovation will be essential for accelerating implementation of sustainable development. o To incorporate specific regional concerns and priorities into the global agenda of Rio+20. o To use Rio+20 as an opportunity to consolidate and strengthen regional and sub-regional policy frameworks for sustainable development.

Objectives of the Regional Workshop: o To prepare agreed upon positions as a concerted input by the regional scientific and technological community into the intergovernmental Regional Preparatory Meetings. o To organize a science – policy dialogue at the regional level prior to the Regional Preparatory Meetings. o To organize a multi-stakeholder dialogue with other “Major Groups”, including business & industry.

Key questions to be addressed at the Workshop: 1. What are the priority issues for Rio+20, as seen by the scientific and technological community from the region, taking into account the UN GA outline of Rio+20 in 2012? 2. How can the link between science, education and policy be strengthened in order to ensure early detection of emerging crises and quick response actions?

  1. In addition to measures already being implemented by countries, what additional measures are needed to enable countries to strengthen resilience to shocks emanating from new and emerging challenges?

  2. What are the needs of science and technology in the region, in order to be able to contribute best to sustainable development in the region and to international endeavours of sustainability science?

  3. What are the major contributions from the sciences and engineering to sustainable development at local, national, and regional scales?

  4. How can science and engineering contribute to a Green Economy, also taking into account the role of the private sector in science, engineering and technology?

  5. What role can the different stakeholders and Major Groups play in enhancing regional science and technology for sustainable development, and what are their needs from science and technology?

Participants: o Natural scientists, social scientists and engineers o High-level policy makers/ government representatives o Representatives of Major Groups o Co-sponsors