Tom Harrisson

Tom Harrisson

Tuesday, 14 September 2010 14:02

NGOs

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Agenda 21: Chapter 27 – Non-Governmental organisations as partners for sustainable development

27.1. Non-governmental organizations play a vital role in the shaping and implementation of participatory democracy. Their credibility lies in the responsible and constructive role they play in society. Formal and informal organizations, as well as grass-roots movements, should be recognized as partners in the implementation of Agenda 21. The nature of the independent role played by non-governmental organizations within a society calls for real participation; therefore, autonomy is a major attribute of non-governmental organizations and is the precondition of real participation.

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Tuesday, 14 September 2010 13:53

Local Authorities

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Agenda 21: Chapter 28 - Local Authorities' Initiatives in Support of Agenda 21

28.1. Because so many of the problems and solutions being addressed by Agenda 21 have their roots in local activities, the participation and cooperation of local authorities will be a determining factor in fulfilling its objectives. Local authorities construct, operate and maintain economic, social and environmental infrastructure, oversee planning processes, establish local environmental policies and regulations, and assist in implementing national and subnational environmental policies. As the level of governance closest to the people, they play a vital role in educating, mobilizing and responding to the public to promote sustainable development.

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Tuesday, 14 September 2010 13:43

Indigenous Peoples

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Agenda 21: Chapter 26 – Recognising and strengthening the Role of Indigenous People and Their Communities

26.1. Indigenous people and their communities have a historical relationship with their lands and are generally descendants of its original inhabitants. In the context of this chapter the term "lands" is understood to include the environment of the areas which the people concerned traditionally occupy. Indigenous people and their communities represent a significant percentage of the global population. They have developed over many generations a holistic traditional scientific knowledge of their lands, natural resources and environment. Indigenous people and their communities shall enjoy the full measure of human rights and fundamental freedoms without hindrance or discrimination. Their ability to participate fully in sustainable development practices on their lands has tended to be limited as a result of factors of an economic, social and historical nature. In view of the interrelationship between the natural environment and its sustainable development, and the cultural, social, economic and physical well-being of indigenous people, national and international efforts to implement environmentally sound and sustainable development should recognize, accommodate, promote and strengthen the role of indigenous people and their communities.

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Tuesday, 14 September 2010 13:40

Farmers

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Agenda 21: Chapter 32 – Strengthening the role of farmers

32.1. Agriculture occupies one third of the land surface of the Earth, and is the central activity for much of the world's population. Rural activities take place in close contact with nature, adding value to it by producing renewable resources, while at the same time becoming vulnerable to overexploitation and improper management.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010 12:41

Children and Youth

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Agenda 21: Chapter 25 – Advancing the role of youth in the protection of the environment and the promotion of economic and social development

25.1. Youth comprise nearly 30 per cent of the world's population. The involvement of today's youth in environment and development decision-making and in the implementation of programmes is critical to the long-term success of Agenda 21.

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Tuesday, 14 September 2010 12:07

Business and Industry

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Agenda 21: Chapter 30 - Strengthening the role of business and Industry in sustainable development

30.1. Business and industry, including transnational corporations, play a crucial role in the social and economic development of a country. A stable policy regime enables and encourages business and industry to operate responsibly and efficiently and to implement longer-term policies. Increasing prosperity, a major goal of the development process, is contributed primarily by the activities of business and industry. Business enterprises, large and small, formal and informal, provide major trading, employment and livelihood opportunities. Business opportunities available to women are contributing towards their professional development, strengthening their economic role and transforming social systems. Business and industry, including transnational corporations, and their representative organizations should be full participants in the implementation and evaluation of activities related to Agenda 21.

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Tuesday, 14 September 2010 11:06

Women

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Agenda 21: Chapter 24 – Global action for women towards sustainable and equitable development

24.1. The international community has endorsed several plans of action and conventions for the full, equal and beneficial integration of women in all development activities, in particular the Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women, which emphasize women's participation in national and international ecosystem management and control of environment degradation. Several conventions, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (General Assembly resolution 34/180, annex) and conventions of ILO and UNESCO have also been adopted to end gender-based discrimination and ensure women access to land and other resources, education and safe and equal employment. Also relevant are the 1990 World Declaration on the Survival, Protection and Development of Children and the Plan of Action for implementing the Declaration (A/45/625, annex). Effective implementation of these programmes will depend on the active involvement of women in economic and political decision-making and will be critical to the successful implementation of Agenda 21.

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Tuesday, 14 September 2010 10:50

Major Group Organising Partners

The Organising Partners system allows the UN Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD) to consult with major groups in a timely fashion during preparatory phases and to organise multi-stakeholder participation.

The organisations serving as Organising Partners coordinate engagement, and provide guidance and expertise in developing policy positions that represent the Major Groups' constituencies relevant to the agenda points of the CSD programme of work. Major groups participate in interactive dialogues, develop coordinated statements for each Major Group sector, and lobby for particular initiatives that they feel should be supported. They also contribute significantly to partnerships for sustainable development.

In the build up to Rio+20, the Organising Partners will play a lead role facilitating the participation of representatives of their respective sectors, in order to feed their policy positions into the preparatory process. Contact details for all Organising Partners for Major Group representatives are below.

Friday, 10 September 2010 16:10

Stakeholders

The pathway to achieving sustainable development and a system of governance will take cooperation amongst a vast range of stakeholders. The broad scope of sustainable development – bringing together the economic, social and environmental – bridges the interests of various groups and stakeholders. What's more, the transformation to living and consuming in a way that sustains our environment will benefit us all. Our environment is loudly calling for a paradigm shift – a movement away from our entrenched values of sovereignty towards an agreed global vision for ways of living.

Agenda 21, the outcome document from the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, recognised the importance of engaging a diversity of stakeholders in policy development and implementation. To this end, it defined nine stakeholder 'Major Groups':

  • Indigenous Peoples

    "One of the fundamental prerequisites for the achievement of sustainable development is broad public participation in decision-making."
    Agenda 21, Chapter 23

  • Farmers

  • Workers & Trade Unions

  • Local Authorities

  • Business and Industry

  • Science and Technology Community

  • Women

  • Children & Youth

  • NGOs

Stakeholder Forum will work with representatives from all nine Major Groups globally in its work towards Earth Summit 2012. Information on each Major Group is available on this website – click on the above links or to the right to find out more information on each group.

The United Nations Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD) will coordinate a formal process of engagement whereby each Major Group will be represented by an Organising Partner. Each Organising Partner will seek to engage representatives from their respective Major Group for dialogue sessions and policy inputs to form a paper for submission to the CSD.

Contact details for Organising Partners can be found here or on the individual Major Group pages. If you are a representative from one of the nine major groups and you are seeking to get involved in any workshops and events around Rio+20, we recommend that you contact a Major Group Organising Partner and join our list-serve for regular updates on other opportunities for engagement. You can also join the Earth Summit 2012 Facebook Group and follow developments on Twitter @ RIOPLUS20

Stakeholder Forum will also be organising a series of events in the build up to Rio+20 and will ensure that Major Group representatives are included in all regional engagement processes. Similarly, Stakeholder Forum will work with the following groups, which it recognises as relevant for the Earth Summit:

  • Parliamentarians

  • Regional Government

  • Education Community

  • Faith Community

  • Foundations

If you have any questions about the process and channels of engagement we encourage you to consult our Frequently Asked Questions or contact your Organising Partner representative.

Friday, 30 July 2010 16:49

Emerging Issues

In the area of Emerging Issues the May Preparatory meeting mentioned the following:

  • The Financial Crisis

  • Food Crisis

  • Migration

  • Energy Crisis

  • Water Scarcity

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem loss

  • Desertification

  • Natural Disasters and the ability to prepare for and recover from them

  • Achievement of the MDGs

  • Globalisation

  • Health Security

  • Increased resilience at the national and global level

  • Climate Security

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