stakeholder-engagement-paper-coverWith more than 10,000 accredited and participating stakeholders, and over 82 million more connected virtually, Rio+20 was seen as a UN summit with one of the largest contingencies of non-state actors present. In principle, and also to a large extent in practice, the Rio+20 has been the most open and interactive in history.

This report explores the nature and impact of the Major Groups and other stakeholders in the Rio+20 process, including their influence on the outcome document. The report also looks at the role of social media in raising awareness of the conference and provides a summary of Stakeholder Forum's capacity building and engagement activities in the lead-up to and at Rio+20.






This guide was jointly initiated by Stakeholder Forum and the Commonwealth Secretariat in response to the perceived ‘knowledge gap’ on the history and dynamics of global governance for sustainable development. A first edition was published in 2011 and this second edition was updated in February 2012.


Discussion_paper_imageBroadly speaking, there are basically two options available to meet the challenges of strengthening the institutional framework on sustainable development at UN level. These are the reform of ECOSOC or the establishment of a Sustainable Development Council. However putting these two options aside for now, the mechanism established will have to incorporate and be based on the same functions operating with the same mechanisms. Therefore, focusing on functions first will aid in determining what form of body is most effective. Given the history of sustainable development in the UN, and the global issues we face, effectiveness is now more important than ever.

This paper can be read in English, Spanish and French.

Read more: The functions of a sustainable development mechanism in ECOSOC or in a Council

Discussion_paperRecent grassroots events such as the Arab Spring, Los Indignados and the Occupy Movements have given expression to the feelings of frustration and even anger with the status quo. More significantly, these events demonstrate the power of people when unified and mobilised, as well as the growing importance of information technology and social media in enabling this mobilisation.

Read more: Discussion Paper: The Future We Want By, For and With All Stakeholders Redefining the...

Stakeholder Forum has produced an analysis of existing targets from global processes on sustainable development, in an effort to highlight the range of commitments that governments are obliged to achieve, and thereby enhance accountability for implementation. The document is also a useful resource for civil society advocates.

Read more: Global Sustainability Targets - building accountability for the 21st century

Bond-SDGs-Paper-May-2012-1Stakeholder Forum with the support of Christian Aid, WWF, IIED, Practical Action, Progressio, CAFOD and Friends of the Earth have produced the following paper on Sustainable Development Goals. A potential outcome of Rio+20 is the launch of Sustainable Development Goals, which would guide the international sustainable development agenda, and serve as a vital contribution to the successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals after they expire in 2015. The information of this report is based on a review of relevant literature - especially regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the MDGs framework and the implementation of the UN-led post-MDG process; interviews with representatives of organisations whose Zero Draft submissions made explicit recommendations on or for SDGs and/or involved in the current SDGs process; a global survey responded by 410 individuals representing a diversity of organizations (mainly NGOs) based in different regions, and a stakeholder workshop in London.

Read more: Sustainable Development Goals: Building the foundation for an inclusive process


Stakeholder Forum in collaboration with Bioregional and the Earth Charter Initiative have produced a paper which consolidates a range of principles for the green economy, building on existing agreements and also emerging recommendations. The paper hopes to contribute to the emerging debate on defining principles for the green economy to ensure that it serves in the interest of sustainable development.

Read more: Stakeholder Forum releases paper with Bioregional and the Earth Charter Initiative on 'Principles...
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