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 Parallel Events and Initiatives at the Johannesburg Summit


Ubuntu Village, 17 August - 7 September 2002

A cultural hub with a window of opportunity for people from diverse cultures around the world to interact, share and showcase their unique cultural heritage and its impacts on sustainable development through entertainment and exhibition activities. It will be the one forum where all delegates from the UN Summit, The Business Action for Sustainable Development, the Civil Society sector and other accredited delegates can meet on common ground. It affords a unique opportunity for South Africa to showcase its own rich cultural heritage on the world map.

Click here for more information: http://www.joburgsummit2002.com/SideEvents/ubuntu%20exhibitionfact%20sheet.pdf    


Johannesburg Climate Legacy Project

Between 24th August - 4th September around 50,000 government, NGO and business representatives from around the world will be converging on Johannesburg to discuss and agree policies which will help to protect our environment. It's an important event. But the necessary flights, ground transport, and energy use at the venue will also produce 500,000 tonnes of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2). The Summit invites you to take part and 'neutralise' some of this 'hot air'. For only $10 you can help fund a project that will reduce CO2 emissions in South Africa - by replacing fossil fuels in hospitals with solar panels, for example. These CO2 savings will compensate for the Summit's emissions and so make it Carbon Neutral. More information on www.climatelegacy.org    or  call  Matt Wimpress on +44-(0)-870-241-1932

Global Judges Symposium, 18-20 August


UNEP is convening a Global Judges Symposium on Sustainable Development and the Role of Law in Johannesburg from 18 to 20 August 2002. The Symposium will be hosted by the Chief Justice of South Africa, Rt. Hon. Mr. Justice A. Chaskalson. Chief Justices and other senior judges from approximately 70 countries around the world, -both developing and developed - and representative of the different geographical regions and legal systems are participating in the Symposium. The overall objective of the Symposium is to foster a better-informed and more active judiciary advancing the rule of law in the area of sustainable development. This will be achieved through information sharing and increasing awareness, especially among judges from different regions of the world, and also through follow up activities especially in regard to capacity building of the Judiciary as well governmental and non-governmental stakeholders engaged in promoting the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental law. The outcome of the Symposium will be presented to the Johannesburg Summit. For more information, email: Bakary.Kante@unep.org


International Youth Summit and African Youth Summit, 19-23 August

Mogwase, Northwest Province

The South African Youth Council will host an African Youth Summit (15-19 August) and an International Youth Summit (19-23 August) at Mogwase in the North West Province of South Africa as part of preparations towards the Civil Society Global Forum. Over 3000 youth delegates from around the world are expected to participate in the International Youth Summit. For more information, send an email to: philmusekwa@union.org.za , or call (+27) 11-403 4110


WSSD Civil Society Forum, 19 August - 4 September 2002

NASREC, Johannesburg, South Africa

The WSSD Civil Society Forum Indaba will be held the week before the WSSD Johannesburg, South Africa. For more information, contact: Civil Society Secretariat; tel: +27-11-403-4119; fax: +27-11-403-0790; e-mail: info@worldsummit.org.za


International Indigenous Peoples’ Summit on Sustainable Development, 20 - 23 August 2002

Hoffe Park Conference Centre, 30 Birbeck Rd, Kimberly, South Africa

The main objective of this conference is to bring together indigenous peoples from all  parts of the world to share their perspectives on sustainable development and their contributions in achieving this. This will also allow indigenous peoples to identify the main obstacles to their effective participation in bringing about sustainable development. This International Summit will come out with a Kimberly Political Declaration of Indigenous Peoples and an Indigenous Peoples’ Plan of Action for Sustainable Development. For more information contact : Priscilla deWet-Fox: fax: 27-53-9276925; e-mail: barendsegriqua@telkomsa.net or Vicky Tauli Corpuz:  tebtebba@skyinet.net or vco@skyinet.net


Seventh International Living Lakes Conference, 20 - 25 August 2002

Pretoria, South Africa

Organized by the Global Nature Fund, the conference will decide on a lake and water protection resolution to be presented at the WSSD.


Second South-South Biopiracy Summit, 22 - 23 August 2002

Sandton, Johannesburg

"Biopiracy - Ten Years Post-Rio, " hosted by Biowatch South Africa, aims to raise awareness, enable information sharing, and build capacity on issues of access and benefit sharing and to facilitate the development of mutual strategies and statements for the WSSD. For more information contact: Adele Arendse, Biowatch South Africa; tel: +27-21-447-5939; fax: +27-21-447-5974; e-mail: adele@biowatch.org.za


Envirolaw Conference 2002, 22 - 25 August 2002

Durban, South Africa

This conference will provide a platform for the international legal community to provide solutions and suggest mechanisms that will interlink international and regional treaties and conventions in order to improve their implementation and enforcement. It will also interact with the WSSD preparatory process. For more information contact: EnviroLaw Solutions; tel: +27-11-269-7944; fax: +27-11-269-7899; e-mail: info@envirolawsolutions.com


Implementation Conference - Stakeholder Action For Our Common Future, 24 - 26 August 2002

Facilitated by Stakeholder Forum for Our Common Future (formerly UNED Forum), the Implementation Conference will bring together 500-1000 of leading representatives of the Agenda 21 Major Groups and other stakeholders to work on five key issues and agree concrete action plans for aspects of each one. The objective is to demonstrate that stakeholders, working in partnership, can play their roles and meet their responsibilities in delivering the sustainable development agreements.


Trade Union Activities at the Summit

Preton Hotel, Johannesburg, 24 August – 1 September

Organized by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions and partner trade unions in South Africa and internationally.


Women's Action Tent, 26-30 August 2002

The women’s tent program includes a daily ‘report back’ from the UN meetings. There will be five themes/days: Peace and Human Rights, Globalization and Impoverishment, Environmental Security and Health, Access to and Control of Resources (Water, Energy, Land), and Governance. The Women's Action Tent aims to provide interactive, participatory, creative, and engaging activities ­ workshops rather than straight panel presentations. For general inquiries, please contact Cynthia at Cynthia@wedo.org. If anyone is interested to obtain a copy of the full schedule of the Women's Tent at the WSSD by e-mail, please contact Anjali at the ICDA Secretariat: anjali@icda.be


Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development, 26 August - 4 September 2002

The Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development is being organized by the South African Government, at the request of WSSD Secretary-General Nitin Desai, and in collaboration with a number of international partners. The objective of the event is to provide a platform for highlighting the critical contributions of science, technology and innovation to sustainable development.


Local Government Session: Local Action Moves the World , 27 - 30 August 2002

Holiday Inn Crown Plaza Hotel, Johannesburg

ICLEI is the international environmental agency for local governments. With the support of the UN and major international associations of local government authorities, it will be convening a forum centered on the unique ability of local government to achieve tangible improvements in global environmental and sustainable development conditions through cumulative local action.


Economy, Environment and Society: World Forum on Sustainable Development, 27 - 28 August 2002

The main objective of this Forum is to contribute to the United Nations effort of ensuring the implementation of the Agenda 21.

For more information contact: International Research Foundation for Development; tel: +1-763-689-2963; fax: +1-763-689-0560; e-mail: info@irfd.org


Sustainable Use and Preservation of the Amazon and Atlantic Rainforests in Brazil, 28 August 2002

Ubuntu Village, Johannesburg
Hosted by the World Bank. For more information contact: Anne-Kathrin Orth, Banco Mundial, Brasília, Pilot Program to Conserve the Brazilian Rain Forest, http://www.worldbank.org/rfpp 


Water Dome – No water, no Future, 28 August - 3 September 2002

Northgate, Johannesburg

The main objective of the WaterDome is to create water awareness by organizing a dialogue between stakeholders at the Dome, located in Northgate, Johannesburg - to be temporarily re-named the WaterDome. From 28 August - 3 September 2002, parallel to the World Summit, stakeholders from public and private organizations in the water sector will get the opportunity to launch and exhibit their water-related activities, policies, initiatives, new technologies, products etc.


Aspiration and Reality: Building Sustainability, 29 - 30 August 2002
Indaba Hotel,
The objective of this conference to set an agenda that brings about greater opportunities for sustainable development in the future. This will be achieved by: promoting the sustainable development success stories presented at the conference; strengthening the partnership between policy makers and practitioners; developing practical steps and toolkits; gaining sign-up to and presentation of a Charter before the Heads of State meeting on 2 September. For more information contact:
tel:+44-0-20-7695-1568; e-mail: info@rics-foundation.org


Parliamentary Workshop on Clean Air and Clean Water, 29 - 30 August 2002 

Summer Place Hotel, Johannesburg 

Parliamentarians for Global Action Parliamentary Workshop on Clean Air and Clean Water will convene Members of Parliament from over 100 countries with leading environmental experts, NGOs, and business leaders to highlight the success of legislation to reduce air and water pollution and illustrate the potential to implement similar acts internationally. Experts will present model law implementation strategies, highlighting mechanisms for enforcing and sustaining environmental laws. Business leaders will present legislators with technological innovations in the field of renewable energy and discuss resource diversification, corporate responsibility and socially responsible investing. Parliamentarians will acquire practical skills in drafting and enforcing effective environmental legislation in their countries. For more information contact: Katie Tell; tel: +1-212-687-7755 Ext.102; fax: +1-212-687-8409; e-mail: katie.tell@pgaction.org; Internet: http://www.pgaction.org


IUCN’s Business Day, 31 August 2002

IUCN Environment Centre, 135 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Johannesburg

The IUCN Business Day - which will take place on Saturday 31 August – will profile over 45 IUCN Business Initiatives – those of the IUCN secretariat, members and commissions as well as private sector initiatives which support biodiversity and sustainability. The Business Day will be structured around Dialogues (roundtables focusing on business, biodiversity and sustainability), Briefings (highlighting business and biodiversity initiatives) and Opportunities (announcing new partnerships and publications). Click here for more information: http://biodiversityeconomics.org/wssd


LEKGOTLA - Business Day, 1 September 2002


Business Action and Partnerships for Sustainable Development (BASD) will host a high profile business day during the Summit to discuss initiatives and partnerships towards sustainable development. This one-day event is organized into four plenary sessions, which will include keynote addresses and panel sessions with open audience participation. Each panel discussion will address a different sustainable development theme.


IUCN's Green Web

With the support of South African members and ProjectsAfrica, IUCN has obtained a unique facility. Located in the NEDCOR building, it is 10 minutes away from the Convention Centre where the Summit will take place. IUCN would like to complement the many events and debates during the Summit, such as the Ubuntu Village, by providing a place of encounter where environment and development, business and NGOs, government and civil society can meet — both formally and informally. The Centre will be hosted by Nedcor Bank Limited at its Headquarters at 135 Rivonia Road, Sandton. Click here for more information: http://www.iucn.org/wssd/docs/media%20brief/newsflash_aprill.pdf





Bahá'í International Community's statement to the WSSD

"Religion and Development at the Crossroads: Convergence or Divergence?" addresses the role the world's religions can and should play in fostering peace and unity among all peoples and in promoting sustainable development. It calls on the United Nations to take steps to involve religions substantively in the work of the UN and challenges religious leaders to prove themselves worthy partners in this work by rejecting fanaticism and embracing freedom of conscience for all peoples, including their own followers. The statement includes suggestions for action on all levels - by the UN, religious leaders, and the followers of the world's religions.

To access the statement in its entirety, go to: http://www.bic-un.bahai.org/02-0826.htm 


Parliamentary Dialogue on Partnerships for Sustainable Development

GLOBE Southern Africa Second Parliamentary Conference ahead of the WSSD

13 - 14 May 2002, Windhoek, Namibia

It will bring together about 80 parliamentarians and a host of different civil society organizations to consider the role of partnerships in taking forward the outcomes of the WSSD. We will examine existing partnerships in the region under the issues of Financing, Governance, Freshwater and Energy and identify positive elements and current barriers to their effectiveness. The intention is to come up with practical suggestions and recommendations that parliamentarians can implement in terms of removing legislative barriers that are currently impeding the optimal effectiveness of multi-stakeholder partnerships. GLOBE Southern Africa believes that this conference will also inform the debate on the Type 2 Outcomes of the WSSD. e-mail: capeoffice@globesa.org; Internet: http://www.globesa.org


Earth Dialogues: Globalization and Sustainable Development - Is Ethics the Missing Link?

21 - 23 February 2002, Lyon, France

This event was held from 21-23 February 2002 in Lyon, France. Organized by Green Cross International, Earth Dialogues provided a forum for debate on how to forge the necessary links between globalization, sustainable development and ethics. The event included eight roundtables, which addressed four themes: the ethical challenges in promoting sustainable development; the role of ethical norms in promoting sustainable development; policy recommendations for action and implementation; and political strategies for Johannesburg and beyond. Roundtable one, comprising representatives of international economic institutions, made a number of policy recommendations for action and implementation in the areas of trade, finance, and the role of the World Bank/IMF. Roundtable two, attended by representatives of business and industry, made recommendations for mechanisms of international regulation and means of implementing sustainable development policies for business and administrations. Roundtable three, comprising members of media and communication, provided ideas for concrete actions to promote media coverage of issues related to sustainable development.


Roundtable four, consisting of parliamentarians and government representatives, outlined 12 policy recommendations for Johannesburg, including the establishment of a World Parliament, a World Environment Court and the development of professional ethical codes. Roundtable five, including representatives of international institutions, addressed ethics, governance, subsidiarity, international organizations, and the agenda for Monterrey and Johannesburg. Roundtable six panelists, representing religious and spiritual leaders, identified and elaborated on key areas for collaboration between religious and other institutions. NGO representatives at roundtable seven recommended a focus on partnership, coalition, and public awareness for Johannesburg, as well as support to small enterprises and an international fund for sustainable development. Roundtable eight, comprising of former foreign ministers, recommended that the Earth Dialogue organizers form a Political Action Committee to look more thoroughly at key issues and put pressure on participants at the World Summit for Sustainable Development to deliver on the issues. More information on this meeting is available online at: http://www.earthdialogues.org/en/tables/rd_compilation.html

Contact: Earth Dialogues Secretariat: Green Cross International, email: secretariat@gci.ch


Second Sub-regional Consultation Workshop for the Civil Society Organizations

19 - 22 February 2002, Aburi, Ghana

Thirty-nine delegates from ten West African nations met in Aburi, Ghana from 19-22 February 2002 for the second Sub-regional Consultation Workshop for the Civil Society Organizations involved in the WSSD process. The workshop followed up on work begun during the group's first workshop, in Accra, Ghana, last year.

The attendees planned to strengthen their joint capacity in terms of lobbying and advocacy; to develop a common West African position toward the New African Initiative and the proposed Danish and South African Global Deals; and to discuss how they might build on their organising work after the Johannesburg Summit. The declaration from the Aburi workshop is available from http://www.rio10.dk/index.php?version_id=888&a=show&doc_id=627&parent_id=627

Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2002
9 - 11 February 2002, New Delhi, India
This meeting was held from 8-11 February 2002 in New Delhi, India. Organized by the Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI), the Summit was attended by almost 300 participants, including heads of governments, and representatives of business, industry, and NGOs. The overall theme of the meeting was "Ensuring Sustainable Livelihoods: Challenges for Governments, Corporates and Civil Society," with the aim of revitalizing global commitment to sustainable development as a shared future goal. The topics addressed during the eleven plenary sessions were: Agenda 21 - ensuring sustainable livelihoods; financing development - focused, transparent and pro-poor systems; governance structures and processes for sustainable development; managing natural resources for society - welfare and health implications; defining the stakes, engaging the stakeholders; creating business models for the poor - expanding sustainable development; food security and basic human needs; climate change and sustainable energy; technological leapfrogging - the lure and the limits; ministers of the environment - challenges at Rio+10; and leadership for sustainable livelihoods. At the close of the meeting, TERI Director R. K. Pachauri declared that, based on the success of this meeting, the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit would become an annual event. More information on this meeting is available online at: http://www.teriin.org/dsds/

Contact; Website: http://teriin.org/dsds/


International Conference on Freshwater

3 - 7 December 2001, Bonn, Germany

The International Conference on Freshwater took place from 3-7 December 2001 at in Bonn, Germany, with 118 governments, 47 intergovernmental organizations and 73 representatives of major groups in attendance. The Conference was convened as a preparatory step on freshwater issues for the upcoming WSSD. Delegates met in Plenary and Working Group sessions to consider issues of water access, scarcity, pollution and natural disasters, as well as financing and capacity building. A closed-door ministerial session considered the equitable and sustainable use of water resources and the mobilization of financial resources for infrastructure investment. The Conference considered the Recommendations for Action (RFA) that will be presented to the WSSD and its preparatory process. The other conference outputs are the ‘Bonn Keys’ – a one-page summary of the RFA, the Working Group Reports, Conference Report and Ministerial Declaration, as well as the Conference Issue Paper and Thematic Background Papers, which were prepared prior to the Conference. Click here for full SD coverage of this event, including daily reports, real audio and images from the proceedings.


Global Conference on Oceans and Coasts at Rio+10: Assessing Progress, Addressing Continuing and New Challenges

3 - 7 December 2001, Paris, France

The Global Conference on Oceans and Coasts at Rio+10: Toward the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg took place from 3-7 December 2001 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. Conference participants sought to: provide an overall assessment of progress achieved on oceans and coasts in the ten years since the UNCED; identify new and continuing challenges; examine cross-cutting issues among various ocean and coastal sectors; consider options for concerted action on outstanding cross-sectoral issues; and provide recommendations for the oceans and coasts agenda of the WSSD. Click here to read SD's summary report of this event.


PLANET’ERE 2 – International Forum on Environmental Education

18 - 23 November 2001, Paris, France
Promoting environmental education at the WSSD

Contact: Michèle Dubromelle; tel: +33-1-4607-1721; e-mail: m.dubromelle@lespetitsdebrouillards.org   


Online Forum - The road to Johannesburg 2002 after September 11, 2001

Join the online forum at http://www.worldsummit2002.org

During six days, November 19-24, the Heinrich Boell Foundation and UNED Forum will hold an online forum to discuss the implications of September 11, 2001 on the Johannesburg process. We have invited eminent intellectuals from all over the globe to contribute short opinion articles as "Think Pieces" to start the debate. Technical details how to join the debate can be found at the bottom of this text.

The terrorist attacks of September 11 seem to have changed world politics dramatically. New and unexpected alliances are forged, the priorities of governments are reassessed, public attention is focused on the threat of terrorism. A global "war against terrorism" seems to be unleashed, that is geared to stay with us the coming years.


The Heinrich Boell Foundation and UNED Form, both organisations active in the Johannesburg process, joined forces to create a space for a global debate on these questions. We wish to contribute to create a common understanding on the significance of the recent developments for the Johannesburg process.


International scientific-practical forum of young scientists “The Sustainable Development Issues, View by the Young Generation. On the way to the World Summit Rio + 10”

15 - 16 November 2001, Moscow

Young scientists will share opinions on issues of environment and sustainable development. A Declaration on “Education and Healthy Life -Style in the XXI century” is expected.

Contacts: e-mail: forum@vernadsky.ru

fax: +334-1709-429-9614

tel.: +334-1929-1831/1841


Equity for a Small Planet:
An International Forum on the World Summit on Sustainable Development 2002
Organized by IIED
12 - 13 November 2001, London, UK

The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) held its 30th Anniversary Conference from 12-13 November 2001, in London, UK. The Anniversary Conference was comprised of a one-day workshop followed by a one-day conference, and was held in collaboration with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Canadian International Development Agency, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Sweden’s International Development Cooperation Agency.

On Monday, 12 November, the International Workshop, hosted by the Canadian High Commission, served to outline issues, present themes and generate discussion. The conclusions of the workshop were presented to the International Conference, which was convened on Tuesday, 13 November and hosted by the Trade Union Congress. More than 450 participants attended the workshop and conference, including representatives from governments, NGOs, multilateral organizations, academia and the private sector.

Carrying a theme of "Equity for a Small Planet," the purpose of this event was to convene an International Forum that would consider the dynamic interactions between processes of globalization and efforts to protect local livelihoods, with an emphasis on perspectives from the South, and to clarify many of the critical issues and emerging priorities to be forwarded for consideration at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. The outputs of the conference consisted of a series of opinion papers that would provide input to the WSSD. Click here for Sustainable Developments coverage and report


General Conference of the Third World Academy of Sciences
26 - 31 October 2001, New Delhi, India

Website: http://www.ictp.trieste.it/TWAS/TWAS.html


GLOBE Southern Africa First Parliamentary Conference
23 - 24 October 2001, South African Parliament, Cape Town

This conference is the first event of GLOBE Southern Africa's Earth Summit Campaign. It will bring together about 80 parliamentarians throughout the Southern and East African region in a forum that will examine some of the most pertinent issues relating to the World Summit and Africa's role in it. For more information on this conference and GLOBE Southern Africa's Earth Summit Campaign you can consult the website www.globesa.org


Asia-Pacific Forum of Environmental Journalists Annual Congress: WSSD: the Role of the Media

22 - 26 October 2001, Manila, Philippines

AFEJ website: http://www.oneworld.org/slejf/index.htm


Reykjavik Conference on Responsible Fisheries

1 - 4 October 2001, Reykjavik, Iceland

The Reykjavik Conference on Responsible Fisheries in the Marine Ecosystem met from 1-4 October 2001 at the University Cinema and Conference Center in Reykjavik, Iceland. The conference was organized by the Government of Iceland and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and was co-sponsored by the Government of Norway. The meeting was attended by over 400 participants, including representatives from FAO Member States and other UN Member States, UN bodies and agencies, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, academic and scientific institutions, and industry. 


The conference presented stakeholders with an opportunity to gather and review the best available knowledge on marine and ecosystem issues. It sought to establish a means by which ecosystem considerations could be included in capture fisheries management, and to identify future challenges and relevant strategies. To achieve these objectives, participants met in plenary sessions and a Scientific Symposium, in which invited experts presented their research and views and participants engaged in general discussions and raised questions from the floor. Following an opening Plenary session in which keynote speakers set the stage for the meeting and provided various stakeholders’ perspectives, delegates convened for the Scientific Symposium, which took place on Monday and Tuesday, 1-2 October. During the Symposium, participants focused on key scientific issues for ecosystem-based fisheries management (EBFM), including the dynamics of marine ecosystems, the role of people in marine ecosystems, and methods to incorporate ecosystem considerations into fisheries management. They also heard representatives of industry present their perspectives on EBFM. On Wednesday, 3 October, delegates met in Plenary to hear statements from countries, NGOs, intergovernmental organizations and UN agencies.


Following field trips to local fisheries sites on Thursday morning, 4 October, delegates reconvened for a final Plenary in the evening and approved the Reykjavik Declaration on Responsible Fisheries in the Marine Ecosystem. An open-ended drafting committee established at the start of the conference formulated this Declaration during intensive negotiations. The Declaration will be submitted to the World Summit on Sustainable Development for its consideration.

Click here to read Sustainable Development's coverage of the Meeting and to find out more about the outcome - the Reykjavik Declaration - which will be submitted to the WSSD for its consideration. Conference website: http://www.refisheries2001.org


What Earth Summit 2002 Should be Trying to Achieve

Organized by UNED Forum

Online debate, throughout September
Key writers and thinkers on sustainable development will start the debate. Everyone is encouraged to join in. Preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development 2002 are well under way, emphasizing a transparent and participatory approach. This electronic forum hopes to initiate a focused and constructive public discussion on some of the priority issues. We invite people to share their ideas, knowledge and diverse perspectives. The results of the debate will be taken forward to inform the next preparatory meeting for the WSSD.

Summaries of the Debate are available at: http://www.earthsummit2002.org/es/life/default.htm


Fifth Global Environmental Governance Dialogue
20 - 22 June 2001, Gland, Switzerland

Organized by the World Conservation Union IUCN and Yale University

Sustainable Development: Fact or Dream 10 Years After the Rio Summit
17 – 24 June 2001, Havana, Cuba


Preparation of the African Civil Society and NGOs to the World Summit on Sustainable Development

14 - 16 June 2001, Cape Town, South Africa
Contact; Website: http://www.johannesburgsummit.org/web_pages/nesda_regional_meeting.htm


The Arctic Council Regional Conference on the 10th Anniversary of the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy
11 June 2001, Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland
Organized by the Arctic Council
Website: http://www.johannesburgsummit.org/web_pages/arctic_council_regional_conference.htm


Second European Conference on "Tackling Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture, Energy, Finance, Trade and Peoples' Empowerment"

10 - 11 May 2001, Brussels

Organized by the European Rio+10 Coalition

Website: http://www.epe.be/Programmes/EurWorld/Objective2002/Obj2002%20index.html


 Meetings for NGOs


Indonesian People's Forum (IPF) - A Parallel Event with PrepCom IV

24 May - 6 June 2002, Bali, Indonesia

A coalition of 71 civil society groups all over Indonesia has been preparing a parallel event to the upcoming Prepcom 4 of WSSD. Through this Forum, IPF will facilitate national and international civil society in influencing the official process and outcomes. IPF will also facilitate voices and concerns of people that cannot go the official process by holding several activities, such as strategic meetings, workshops, dialogue with countries' delegates, etc.

Internet: http://www.jakartapeoplesforum.org/en/index.php


Nordic NGO Declaration on WSSD


Southern NGO Summit

15 - 16 March 2002, Algiers, Algeria

Algiers Declaration


Mediterranean NGO Meeting

11 - 12 January, Nice, France

Mediterranean NGO Declaration


Regional Electronic Consultations for NGOs in Preparation for the Southern NGO Summit

hosted by the Earth Council and the NGO CSD Steering Committee in preparation for the Southern NGO Summit.

Re-opening from 29 October 2001


Topics of discussion:

 1)  Assessment of the implementation of Agenda 21

 2)  Vision towards the elimination of poverty and increase of human  security.

 3)  Action-oriented alternatives to be implemented by NGOs and Peoples Organizations.

 For more information please contact Beatriz Schulthess beatriz@ecouncil.ac.cr


Meeting of Main Groups Networks of Latin America and the Caribbean

18 - 20 October 2001, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

For NGOs in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

Internet: http://www.rolac.unep.mx/ForoALC/Brasil2001/PrepConf/MainGrps/maingrup.htm


Meeting for NGOs in the UNECE working towards the WSSD

22 - 23 September 2001, Geneva, Switzerland
ANPED hosted an NGO meeting providing input into the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Ministerial Meeting preparing for the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002. On September 22 and 23, 80 NGOs in the UNECE region discussed their priorities for the World Summit, and they also expressed their concerns with the preparations so far.
Outcome Statement



 Business and Industry


Rethinking the industry-sustainable development challenge: How can industries be part of the solution to problems of sustainable development?'

Organized by LEAD, Online live panel, 30 October 2001

Almost thirty years after the first international conference on human environment, and ten years after the worldwide adoption of Agenda 21 based on the demand for sustainable development by governments of all nations, the trends of environment degradation and poverty are still not curbed. Besides the increase in population and the increase in consumption, industry production is still one of the main causes to many environmental problems. The business sector is often the one to be blamed for increasing the gap between the rich and poor. However, powered by the new technological innovations, globalization of market economy, and knowledge and investment capitals, the business sector will remain one of the influential forces to shape the future of the world.



Business Action for Sustainable Development (BASD) Strategy Meeting

9 - 10 October 2001, Paris, France

This meeting brought together major business players and set the agenda for the lead up to the Johannesburg Summit.

Website: http://www.iccwbo.org/basd/articles/Programme_October_meeting.pdf

Outcome- http://www.basd-action.net/resources/basd-meeting.htm


Business Forum
3 - 5 September 2001, Jakarta, Indonesia

Organized by the government of Indonesia in collaboration with the WSSD Secretariat, as part of preparations for the Summit.
Press story


Partnerships and Social Responsibility in the New Economy
27 - 29 June 2001, Copenhagen, Denmark
Organized by the Copenhagen Centre
Contact; Website: http://www.copenhagencentre.org/tcc2001



 Local Authorities


Organized by The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)


Briefing on preparations by local government


Local Government International Preparatory Meeting

22 February - 1 March 2002 in North Vancouver, Canada

Contact: Elena Lonero; e-mail: elonero@iclei.org; Internet: http://www.iclei.org/rioplusten/

Accelerating Local Sustainability: Evaluating European Local Agenda 21 Processes
20 - 21 September 2001, London, UK
Contact; Internet: http://www.iclei.org/europe/lasala/London-announcement.html

Project findings, reports


North American Local Government Conference
20 - 22 June 2001, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Contact; Website: http://www.iclei.org/rioplusten/usandcanada/index.html


Think Tank Meeting and Stavenger Forum for Rio + 10
9 - 12 June 2001, Stavenger, Norway
Website: http://www.iclei.org/rioplusten/stavanger.html

Brief Write-up



 UN and UN Agency Organized Meetings


Reykjavik Conference on Responsible Fisheries

1 - 4 October 2001, Reykjavik, Iceland

This conference, which convened in Reykjavik, Iceland from 1-4 October, presented stakeholders with an opportunity to gather and review the best available knowledge on marine and ecosystem issues. It sought to establish a means by which ecosystem considerations could be included in capture fisheries management, and to identify future challenges and relevant strategies. Click here to read Sustainable Development's coverage of the Meeting and to find out more about the outcome - the Reykjavik Declaration - which will be submitted to the WSSD for its consideration.


26 June 2001, Geneva, Switzerland
The meeting, organized in collaboration with the WTO, will focus on concrete examples of where trade or WTO rules can enhance or inhibit compliance with and enforcement of MEAs, and on concrete examples of how the reliance on negotiation, conciliation and soft-law compliance mechanisms in MEAs have proven to be effective in MEA implementation. It will also develop input for discussions taking place on international environmental governance in the context of preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development. For further information contact: Hussein Abaza, UNEP; tel: (41-22) 917-8179; email:
etu@unep.ch; Internet: http://www.unep.ch/etu/etp/events/upcming/ceds.htm


UNEP International Environmental Governance (IEG) Meetings

Final IEG meeting

12 February 2002, Cartagena, Colombia

ENB coverage: http://enb.iisd.org/unepgc/gmef3/


New York Meeting on IEG

25 January 2002, UN HQ, New York

ENB complete coverage at: http://enb.iisd.org/unepgc/iegnyc/



30 November - 1 December 2001, Montreal, Canada

ENB complete coverage: http://enb.iisd.org/unepgc/ieg4/



9-10 September 2001, Algiers, Algeria

ENB complete coverage at: http://enb.iisd.org/unepgc/ieg3/



17 July 2001, Bonn, Germany

ENB complete coverage at: http://enb.iisd.org/unepgc/ieg2/index.html



 Women and Youth


Global Island - An internet-based community game - part of a global awareness campaign for the WSSD


International Children's Conference on the Environment 2002

21 - 25 May 2002, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Hosted by Victoria, British Columbia in cooperation with UNEP, this conference is held after every two years for children between 10 to 12 years. It is inspired by the recognition that children need to be active participants in environmental issues. It is also a follow-up to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro. At the Summit, Agenda 21, an international plan for sustainable development, was agreed on. The plan encouraged national governments to pay more attention to concerns and opinions of children on the environment.

Tel: +1-250-995-0225

Website: http://www.icccanada2002.org/


UNEP Global Youth Forum, GYF2002
22 - 31 March 2002, Copenhagen, Denmark

Organized by UNEP and Hosted by Danish Organization - Nature and Youth (Natur og Ungdom), this forum is a youth event leading up to the WSSD. It will build upon the Youth Conference on Environment and Sustainable Development that was held in Borgholm, Sweden from 23-27 May 2001.
Contact: theodore.oben@unep.org, landskontoret@natur-og-ungdom.dk


WASTE SUMMIT � Women Assessing the State of the Environment

This Summit will take place from 9-10 November 2001 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Summit participants will produce a U.S. women�s environmental action agenda, which includes a status report on U.S. progress since the Earth Summit 1992 and a set of policy recommendations for action. For more information visit: http://www.wastesummit.org/


Youth Earth Summit, YES2001
2 - 9 September 2001, Baku, Azerbaijan
Organized by Peace Child International

Website: http://yes2001.azmain.com/

Summary; Action Statement






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