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The World Summit on Sustainable Development
Fourth Preparatory Committee (WSSD PrepCom
Bali, Indonesia | 25 May - 7 June 2002  

Tuesday, 28 May


Delegates met in parallel morning and afternoon Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue sessions to address capacity-building for sustainable development and partnership initiatives. Working Groups I, II and III also met. In Working Group III on Sustainable Development Governance, delegates discussed the new Co-Chairs' paper. Contact groups on Africa, Oceans, Good Governance and Finance also convened.

Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue: Partnerships

Steve Lennon, Business
representative (far left), said partnerships must be built on the three pillars of sustainable development. He highlighted NEPAD as a partnership that could be used as a basis for action.

Erling Norrby, Science and Technological Community
representative, highlighted global inequities in capacity to assimilate and generate new knowledge, and said there is no area where science and technology does not have a role.

Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Peoples'
representative, said most forms of development have been resource industries that form partnerships with governments without consulting local peoples, which has resulted in ecological and cultural devastation and relocation of local populations. He said spiritual values and respect for Mother Earth is a foreign concept to private corporations, and said partnerships should be open and honest and carried out in good faith.

Nicola Stolfi, Farmer's
representative, said the rise of global temperatures has affected world agricultural production, and emphasized the importance of looking for sources of renewable energy. He said the rules of international funding should be reformed, and emphasized the necessity of imposing a rating system for water.


A representative of Local Authorities said partnerships must be oriented toward inclusion, fairness and transparency and should not be understood as a replacement for institutional responsibilities. 
They also emphasized access to funding for local governments, who act as a bridge between national governments and civil society.

St. Lucia discussed linkages between Type 1 and Type 2. She called for a code of conduct for transnational corporations when so many people are calling for corporate accountability. She supported a criteria and monitoring mechanism to ensure a contribution to sustainable development. She said partnerships should not be used to legitimize profit-making corporations.
Jonathan Margolis, US, said partnerships must continue long beyond the Summit, and should include a self-reporting mechanism, in which the CSD could play a role. He stressed the importance of addressing specific partnerships and said the US was committed to partnerships related to forests, energy, water, oceans, agriculture, health and education.
The EU said partnerships must include a gender perspective and respect the rights of indigenous peoples and youth, or they will not function properly. He also said local authorities will have to do much of the implementing and will suffer the most if the initiatives are not well implemented.
Co-Chair Diane Quarless, Jamaica (right), with Facilitator Ida Kopin from the Sustainability Challenge Foundation (center), and Zehra Aydin-Sipos, DESA Secretariat (far right)
Delegates during the morning session of the Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Partnerships
Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue: Capacity Building
Delegates during the Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Capacity Building were asked to give inputs and share experience and lessons learned  from specific capacity building case studies.
A representative from Business and Industry presented lessons learned from their capacity building experience concerning benefits in health, education and employment to accrue benefits to communities within five years.


Paul Hohnen facilitated the Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Capacity Building
Representatives from Youth supported ecovillages
Facilitator Paul Hohnen in his closing remarks said that a large number of issues remained unresolved 

Farmers noted the importance of subsidies in food security and sovereignty issues

Chair of the Dialogue Kiyotaka Akasaka, Japan (near right)
Trade Unions representatives noted collaboration and partnership efforts underway with the Scientific and Technological Community
Uganda discussed partnerships between government and local communities for transfer of agricultural expertise 
Delegates from Madagascar making an intervention during the Dialogue


Working Group I
Working Group I Co-Chair Kiyo Akasaka, Japan
The US, EU and G-77/China members meeting outside the Conference Room
Working Group III: Governance 
Spain, for the EU, called for deleting reference to the provision of financial and technical resources regarding measures to strengthen sustainable development at all levels.

Beat Nobs, Switzerland

Regarding a reference to rule of law, Switzerland supported keeping a reference to coherence and added language on respect for all internationally recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms, including the right to development.

Iran, speaking for the G-77/China on governance, with Indonesia

The G-77/China said that all references to the goals of sustainable development should be as reflected in Agenda 21.

Tibor Faragó, Hungary proposed language on promoting initiatives to ensure coherence and mutual support between the rules of the multilateral trading system and the rules of MEAs and that are consistent with the goals of sustainable development and with the work programme agreed through the WTO

Norway called for language on promoting transparency and effective involvement and accountability of government and of civil society in the implementation of Agenda 21 and sustainable development decision making. 
Contact Group: Oceans
Delegates outside the Conference Room prior to the convening of the contact group on oceans
Contact Group: Africa

Working Group II Co-Chair Richard Ballhorn chaired the contact group on Africa


Miscellaneous Photos:
Checking for new documents
Delegates in one of the lounge areas in the Conference Center
Mustafa Tolba, former Executive Director of UNEP
Hanging out in the corridors





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