Plenary III - Rio +20 - Lessons (to be) learned

Wednesday, April 18th 2012

Once seen as the essential turnaround in environmental policy, the "Rio-process" has led to many disappointments in the past 20 years. Were do we stand now and what kind of "sustainable progress" can we expect in the 20 forthcoming years?

Franz Untersteller, Minister for the Environment, State of Baden-Württemberg

Franz Unterseller is the Minister for the Environment, Climate, and Energy of the State of Baden-Wurttemberg. He also currently serves as a Member of the Board of the Heinrich Boell Foundation. Franz Untersteller is also on the board of various institutes and associations including Eco-Institute e.V., the Association of Friends of Wilhelma e.V., Plan International, and an honorary board member of TTF Neckarhausen Active Players Association.
From 2006-2011, Franz Untersteller served as deputy leader of the Green Party’s parliamentary group in the state parliament of Baden-Wurttemberg. He had previously served as parliamentary advisor to the Green Party in the state parliament on environmental and energy policy (1983-2006). In 1982, he served as a Fellow of the Carl-Duisberg-Gesellschaft in Colombia, working on a project in cooperation with the Colombian environmental ministry.
Franz Untersteller graduated from the University of Applied Sciences in Nurtingen in 1982 with a specialization in Landscape Planning. He served as a lecturer at the Fachhochschule Nurtingen from 1998-1999. He has been a member of the Green Party since 1983. He was born in Ensheim in 1957 and is married with two children.

Franz Fehrenbach, CEO Robert Bosch GmbH

The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. In 2011, Bosch spent more than 4 billion euros for research and development and applied for over 4,100 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.
The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant upfront investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.


David Steurman, Programme Officer, Business and Biodiversity, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

David joined the Secretariat of the CBD in early 2011 to work on the program of engagement with the business community. Prior to joining, David worked for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, where he was in a variety of positions including Disarmament and Nonproliferation, Climate Change and Deputy Director of Canada-US Commercial Relations. David also served overseas as a trade commissioner in Tokyo. David has a BSc in Biology and an MA in Political Science.


Achim Drewes, Corporate Communications, Nestlé Deutschland

Achim Drewes is responsible for the department of Public Affairs at Nestlé Germany. His tasks include the analysis and management of societal issues, advising product departments, as well as the coordination of CSR projects in Germany, the international CSR Strategy and stakeholder communication. Between his study economics in Cologne, Germany and his stay at Nestlé, Achim Drewes worked several years for the German Chamber of Commerce, including for the Czech office of the German Chamber of Commerce.

17/18 April, 2012
Stuttgart, Germany

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