Google+ HangoutAs part of the ongoing follow-up of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, UN DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development are hosting a series of a Google+ Hangouts.
Second Google+ Hangout
When: Tuesday, 26 March at 1 PM EST (5 PM GMT)Tweet your questions for panellists to @SustDev using #SDinAction, post your questions on the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform Facebook page or submit your question here below.
First Google+ Hangout
Nikhil Seth Nikhil Seth is currently the Director of the Division for Sustainable Development, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and he was also Head of the Rio+20 Secretariat. As Head of the Rio+20 Secretariat, he spearheaded the preparations for the UNCSD Conference in Rio. During his career with the United Nations since 1993, Mr. Seth has served as Special Assistant and Chief of Office to the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, Chief of the Policy Coordination Branch in the Division for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, as Secretary of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Second Committee of the General Assembly, and as Director of the DESA Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination.
Elizabeth Thompson Ms. H. Elizabeth Thompson, a former Minister for Energy and Environment of Barbados, was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as Executive Coordinator for the UNCSD Rio + 20 Conference. Ms Thompson also served as Minister for Physical Development and Minister for Health. Ms. Thompson was appointed to the Barbados Senate and was a practising attorney as well as a journalist.
Kimo Goree Kimo Goree currently serves as Vice-President of International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Reporting Services. Mr. Goree co-founded IISD's flagship product, the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) in 1991, while the director of a Brazilian NGO in the Western Amazon, and joined IISD in 1993 when ENB became an IISD publication. He manages the Reporting Services program and is responsible for building and maintaining the relationships between IISD and the various programs and agencies of the United Nations and other multilateral organizations.
Jacob Scherr Jacob Scherr is the director of global strategy and advocacy for NRDC in its Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Scherr has responsibility for overseeing international activities throughout the organization, including preparations for the Rio+20 “Earth Summit. During his long career with NRDC, Mr. Scherr has served as director of the organization's international program and has addressed a range of pressing global environmental challenges. In 1993, Mr. Scherr founded Earth Summit Watch to monitor the implementation by governments of the treaties, plans of actions, and other commitments made at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Mr. Scherr also leads NRDC’s efforts to follow up on the Rio+20 through the organization’s “Cloud of Commitments” registry.