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Join us at the Rio Citizen's Summit, in person or virtually!

What is the Citizen's Summit?

The US/Canada Citizens Summit for Sustainable Development is an innovative and collaborative event that seeks to generate new knowledge, policy, and action for sustainability in the United States and Canada, and foster coherent, effective advocacy around the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) or Rio +20.  It will bring together 180 diverse stakeholders on March 24th and 25th, at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, in New Haven, Connecticut.  Experts, emerging leaders, advocates, entrepreneurs, and decision-makers from across the United States and Canada will come together to participate in two days of discussions, brainstorming, planning, action and input into the Citizens’ Summit before, during and in a continuation for collaboration thereafter.


How can I participate?
     Virtually:

We are excited to announce that three sessions of the Citizens' Summit will be live streamed at http://www.livestream.com/yale. The only necessary equipment is a computer with access to the Internet.

The panels streamed will be:

  • Saturday, March 24th, 2012, 9:00-10:30, Opening Panel: Twenty Years after Rio, Why are We Not There Yet?
  • Saturday, March 24th, 2012, 3:30-5:00, Innovation in Sustainability: A Conversation about the Report of the U.N. Secretary-Generals High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability
  • Sunday, March 25th, 2012, 3:30-4:30, Closing Panel: An Intergenerational Dialogue about the Future We Need



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Your input into these sessions will be reflected the declaration coming out of the Citizens’ Summit, as one of the main outcomes.  This declaration will be submitted to US and Canadian Member State delegations, and any consensus on text suggestions will be submitted to the Rio +20 Zero draft of the outcome document. Thus, helping to ensure that the Rio +20 Conference generates lasting, transformative outcomes for our future, the future we want.  In this way, the Citizens’ Summit will encourage a shared understanding of common challenges and opportunities across a diverse range of stakeholders and disciplines throughout the region.


How can I participate?
     In person:

The Citizen's Summit is being held at Yale University in New Haven, CT on March 24 and 25, 2012.

We are having a SustainUS meet-up in New Haven, CT on March 24 at 6:30pm EST at Miya's Sushi. Please join us for dinner and drinks. If you have any questions, contact Sarah Dayringer.

Thanks for your perspective!