State of the World 2012 Launch and Symposium in Copenhagen

Event Date: 
April 25, 2012 - 1:00pm
Danish Design Museum

The Worldwatch Institute is proud to launch State of the World 2012: Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity in Copenhagen, Denmark. Worldwatch experts and invited keynote speakers will be in Copenhagen for this event.

World leaders will meet at the Rio+20 Conference in June 2012 to set new targets for global sustainability. To promote a discussion around this vital topic, Worldwatch’s flagship report “State of the World 2012” showcases creative policies and fresh approaches that are pushing forth ‘sustainable development’ in the twenty-first century.


13.00 Welcome and opening notes from Worldwatch Institute

Session 1 - Presenting the State of the World 2012 Report – SOW 2012

13.10 Moving Toward Sustainable Prosperity
Erik Assadourian, SOW 2012 Project Director, Senior Researcher, Worldwatch Institute

13.40 Population and Sustainability: Ideas for Control-Free Policies
Robert Engelman, co-author SOW 2012, President, Worldwatch Institute

14.00 Biodiversity: Combating the Sixth Mass Extinction
Bo Normander, co-author SOW 2012, Director, Worldwatch Institute Europe

14.20 Questions from the audience

14.40 Coffee, tea and refreshments

Session 2 - Debating Europe’s Priorities for the Rio+20 Summit

15.00 Priorities for Rio+20 – Denmark’s Role During its EU Presidency
Torleif Jonasson, Secretary General, Danish United Nations Association

15.20 Priorities for the Rio+20 Summit from a Business Perspective
John Kornerup Bang, Lead Group Advisor, Climate Change & Environment at A.P. Moller - Maersk Group

15.40 Priorities for the Rio+20 Summit from a European Policy Perspective
Oldag Caspar, European Policy Officer at Germanwatch

16.00 Priorities for the Rio+20 Summit from a Grassroot Perspective
Esben Danielsen, Manager at Roskilde Festival

16.20 Panel Debate – Europe’s Priorities for Rio+20

17.00 End of conference

The event is free of charge but registration is required to Please indicate your name, country and affiliation.

Join us from 1 to 5 pm at: 

The Danish Design Museum
Bredgade 68, Copenhagen
The conference is supported by the Velux Foundation