[women-csd] OCTOBER REPORT FROM CO-CHAIRS
- CSD 2000
OCTOBER REPORT FROM CO-CHAIRS
This is our second update report in preparation for the CSD 2000
meeting. We hope the first one was useful in your planning. There have
been some changes in the dates since our last report, [e.g. the Energy
Meeting,] so please use this latest calendar as your working one. We
have drawn heavily from the Guidelines for Major Groups produced by
Zehra Aydin-Sipos from the CSD Secretariat.
As you will notice from the diary, the High Level Segment has been
retained for the first week. This was a great success this year in
promoting the outcomes from the Dialogues and persuading Ministers to
discuss Earth Summit 2002.
There has also been a series of events that have occurred which we'd
like to update you on. These include the Maastricht FAO Meeting, the
Informal Environment Ministers Meeting in Ghana, two CSD Bureau
meetings, the launch of the UNEP Global Environmental Outlook 2000
report, an update on Earth Summit 2002 and an Inter Agency Committee on
Sustainable Development meeting.
A reminder, the following issues will come up at the CSD in 2000 listed
in no particular order of importance:
* Earth Summit 2002
* Financial resources / trade and investment / economic growth
* Land resources
* Sustainable agriculture
* Education (report on the implementation of the Work Programme)
* Freshwater (progress report on providing safe water supply and
sanitation for all during the 1990's)
* Voluntary initiatives and agreements (follow up to CSD1998/99
* Tourism (follow up to CSD1999 decision)
* Day of Indigenous Peoples
* Women (report on governments' strategies towards "the full
participation of women in sustainable development and in public life"
as recommended in AG21, Chapter 24)
* A report on progress on the Ad Hoc Working Group on Energy
Anyone who wants to get involved with any of the NGO preparatory
processes on these issues can join a list server. To subscribe, send a
blank message to the email address listed next to each of the issues:
Finance and Trade email@example.com
Indigenous bschulth@... (send message SUBSCRIBE in the
To take part in these other areas write to the following:
Earth Summit 2002 una@...
Voluntary Initiatives anped@...
In this report we want to cover a number of issues that will help in
your preparation for next year's CSD. They are:
1. Dates relevant for CSD2000
2. Guidelines for Major Group by Zehra Aydin-Sipos
3. Dialogue Update
4. Ghana Ministerial Meeting
5. Issue based caucus update
6. SIDS Update
7. Regional Meetings
8. NGO Caucus Coordinators
9. Media Update
10. Clearinghouse Update
1. Dates relevant to CSD 2000
30- 3 Dec 5th Expert Meeting on Financial Issues of Agenda 21 contact
Mr. Eric Olson tel. 212 963 4260 email olson@.... It will take place
in Nairobi. The tentative agenda includes - improving the policy
framework for sustainable development finance and testing new policy
approaches for the international and domestic financing of sustainable
30 -3 Dec.-WTO meeting in Seattle NGO preparations contact
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development email
ictsd@.... The WTO web site is at www.wto.org
1 last date for written inputs from Major Groups to the UN Task
Managers for input to the Secretary Generals Reports on the relevant
issues in front of CSD 2000.
1 last date for written inputs from Major Groups to the UN Task
Managers for inclusion in the Background Papers.
30 NGO Preparatory Meeting in the Church Center 11am-4pm
31- 11 Feb. -Intergovernmental Forum on Forests last meeting before the
Contact Jag Maini email maini@...
22 - 3 Mar. -CSD Intersessional (AD Hoc Intersessional Working Group)
which will draft chairs
text on land resources, sustainable agriculture in one working group
and trade, finance, investment and economic growth in another.
28- 17 Mar. -Commission on Status of Women + Beijing + 5 Prepcom
2-5 International Landcare Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Web
site at www.nre.vic.gov.au/conf/landcare2000
6-10 Adhoc open ended inter-governmental group of experts on energy
and sustainable development. This group will prepare the work on energy
for CSD2001. If your organization is involved in any of the following,
you should attend:
* energy efficiency - Mr Peck email peck@...;
* renewable energy - Mr. Gururaja email: guturaja@...;
* advanced tech. transfer - Mr. Shearer email: shearer@...;
* rural energy - Ms Abdalla email: abdalla@...;
* international cooperation - Mr. S Arungu-Olende email:
* transport - Mr. Shane email: shane@...
You should contact these people as soon as possible if you want to
provide written input.
22 -24 Netherlands Freshwater Ministerial
22 CSD NGO Steering Committee Meeting
23 NGO orientation followed by preparation for Dialogues on Agriculture
24 Opening Session followed in the afternoon by Agriculture Dialogue
25 Agriculture Dialogue Segment both morning and afternoon
26 Agriculture Dialogue Segment followed by High Level Segment
27 High Level Segment both morning and afternoon
28 High Level Segment both morning and afternoon
29 NGO Caucus preparation for second week
30 NGO Orientation plus Caucus preparation
1 Drafting Groups
2 Drafting Groups
3 Drafting Groups
4 Drafting Groups
5 Drafting Groups followed by adoption of report and election of new
Bureau for CSD2001
2. Guidelines for Major Groups
Zehra Aydin-Sipos of the CSD Secretariat (aydin@...) has released
the Guidelines for Major Groups, which can be found on
The Guidelines cover:
a. Issues coming up at CSD2000 and who is responsible in the UN;
b. Tentative dates for CSD2000 (see above)
c. How to submit Success Stories to the UN
d. Names of key people who are dealing with preparing for the Energy
Process for CSD2001
e. Names of Countries that are members of the CSD (53 countries)
f. List of Task Managers for Agenda 21 Chapters,
g. Information on the Day on Indigenous peoples
h. Side Events Request Form - we would ask you to fax this to both
Zehra (00 1 212 963 1267) and the Northern Clearinghouse (00 1 212 963
4544). The reason for this is so we can see which organizations are
trying to book similar events at the same time and advise on other
3. Dialogue Update
We are just reprinting the report sent out on the safs list server by
Linda Elswick and Gordon Bispham, the Co-Coordinators of the SAFS
Caucus which is coordinating the NGO preparation for the Dialogues.
.....Several of the following Dialogue paper authors have been
confirmed; others have expressed interest and are still in the
discussion process. Some of those who have indicated an interest in
being a reviewer are listed. Others are most welcome to provide
comments when the papers are posted. If we've missed anyone, please let
We need to produce a four page paper on each topic, with southern and
northern co-authors (one group will serve as the primary author; the
other as secondary -- according to how listed below). The first drafts
are due November 15th. Reviewers need to comment ASAP in order for a
second draft to be prepared by December 15th and then a final for
distribution to CSD by January 15th.
Again, the format of each paper is:
Problems: 1 page
Solutions: 1.5 pages
Institutional Action, e.g. UN, Governments, Stakeholders: 1 page
Possible Partnerships: 0.5 page
Here are some further details from Felix Dodds and Esmeralda Brown that
may be helpful for writing the papers:
Fully provide references.
1. Introduction (What is the issue? definitions, background information)
2. Identifying areas of concern about the issue (particularly include
women and indigenous peoples if possible)
3. Outline the solutions (What should be done to address those
4. Identify relevant stakeholders who need to be part of the solutions
(What should be done by whom?)
No need to reinvent the wheel - build as much as possible on analysis
and recommendations already developed but not implemented.
Thanks for general comments on the issues have been received as well
Lagutov Vladimir, NGO Regional Ecological Movement "Green Don", Russia.
This and others will be posted on the website <www.csdngo.org/csdngo>.
1. Choices in agricultural production techniques, consumption patterns
and safety regulations: Potentials and threats to sustainable
This topic should elicit stakeholder views, concerns and proposals on
issues such as advances in biotechnology and the use of genetically
modified organisms; 'chemical' versus 'organic' production methods;
pest management options, mono-culture versus diversified agricultural
systems; regulatory and voluntary frameworks to prevent adverse
effects; sustainable use of resources (water, energy) etc.
South: Third World Network (TWN):
Contact: Chee Yoke Ling <cheeyl@...> and Li Lin
North: Rural Advancement International* OR German NGO Forum Environment
Reviewers to date include: Iza Kruszewska, ANPED, UK; Martin
McLaughlin, Center of Concern, USA; Barbara Dinham, Pesticides Trust,
(details on northern author(s) being worked out with Hope Shand and
2. Globalization, trade liberalization and investment patterns:
economic incentives and framework conditions to promote sustainable
This topic focuses on the economic aspects of sustainable agriculture.
The discussions should elicit views of stakeholders, both positive and
negative, regarding access to markets, equity and poverty, agricultural
subsidies, pricing for agricultural commodities, enabling economic
policies and frameworks such as positive and negative incentives,
mechanisms to protect the poor against adverse effect of globalization
South: Oxfam GB, Kenya
Contacts: Thomas Barasa, Agricultural Economist and Programme Officer,
Food Security and Land, Oxfam <TBarasa@...> and
Wallie Roux (Namibian researcher studying effects of current and
pending international trade agreements on the Namibian meat industry -
both commercial and development sectors) <awrll@...>
North: Steve Suppan, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)
Reviewers: John Madeley, UK*; Third World Network; Carol Kalafatic,
Indigenous Focal Point; SAFS Caucus; Sandy Gauntlet, Indigenous
Peoples' focal point for the Underlying Causes of Deforestation and
Forest Degradation project
3. Best practices in land resources management to achieve sustainable
This topic aims to link the dialogue with the sectoral theme of CSD-8.
Discussions should aim to distill and disseminate useful experiences in
dealing with land rights, land tenure, urban sprawl and human
settlements dynamics, protection of biodiversity and forests, creative
and empowering partnerships etc. The discussions here could focus on a
small number of best practice cases each stakeholder group brings to
South'North: Miguel Altieri, Chair; NGO CGIAR Committee (NGOC) (several
North: Jules Pretty, Centre for Environment and Society, University of
Essex/Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming, UK
Reviewers: ILEIA, Netherlands*; Sandy Gauntlet, Indigenous Peoples'
focal point for the Underlying Causes of Deforestation and Forest
A separate paper focusing on the issue of land rights and land tenure
has been requested from the Popular Coalition, which coordinates a
Knowledge Network on Civil Society Initiatives in Land Reform and
Tenurial Security in Developing Countries.
South: The Popular Coalition to Eradicate Hunger and Poverty (several
Contact: Bruce Moore, Coordinator c/o IFAD <bmoore@...>
North: Peter Mann, World Hunger Year/IPSA, USA; <pmann@...>
Reviewer: Eric Holt-Gimenez*, University of California, Santa Cruz
4. Knowledge for a sustainable food system: identifying and providing
for education, training, knowledge-sharing and information needs.
This topic should elicit concerns, views and proposals regarding how to
utilize traditional and community knowledge resources, education needs
of agricultural communities and consumers, how to take advantage of
emerging information technologies in education (such as distance
learning), training needs to bridge the technology/information access
gap etc. )
North: Christian Castellanet, GRET, France (with offices in Africa,
Asia, Latin America and in Europe) <castellanet@...>
South: Andres Yurjevic/Juan Sanchez Barba, Consortium for Agroecology
and Sustainable Development (CLADES), Latin America*
Serghiy M. Fedorynchyk, Ukrainian Environmental Association 'Zeleny
Svit (Green World), Kyiv
Miguel Angel Nunez, Institute Para Production y Investigacion de la
Agricultural Tropical, Venezuela*
As people are aware there will by 4 stakeholder groups for the
- for NGOs the NGO Caucus on Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems
- for Workers and Trade Unions the ICFTU
- for Business and Industry the International Agri-Food Network
- for Farmers International Federation of Agricultural Producers
You have to work through these groups if you want to participate in the
Dialogue Sessions next year.
4. Ghana Ministerial Meeting
Working with the CSD NGO Steering Committee the NGOs in Ghana managed
to achieve another first for the Steering Committee. This is the first
time in the series of 7 informal ministerial meetings going back to
Magog in Quebec in 1993 when NGOs have met with the Ministers.
The meeting did support the idea of the Earth Summit 2002 being outside
New York and we understand at Heads of State level. To date there are 5
possible venues India, China, Thailand, Mozambique and South Africa.
Some argue it is Asia's turn as 1972 was Stockholm, 1982 Special UNEP
Governing Council was in Nairobi, 1992 was in Rio and 1997 New York.
We would like to thank Dorothy Gordon for the work she did in Ghana and
the support given by the Ghana Environment Minister, Hon C. Avoka, MP
for championing the idea.
We enclose the press release put out after the meeting by the Ghana
GHANA NGOS LAUNCH PREPARATIONS FOR EARTH SUMMIT III
At the fifth annual North/South Meeting of Ministers of Environment,
held in Elmina, NGOs called on governments to honor commitments to
implement Agenda 21 in the run up to the Earth Summit III. For the
first time ever, NGOs gained access to this meeting. Five Ghanaian
NGOs: Ghana Wildlife Society; Friends of the Earth; PRONET; Ghana
Agricultural Workers Union and Third World Network, in association with
the NGO Steering Committee of the Commission for Sustainable
Development called for the following:
* Placing mining firmly on the agenda for Earth Summit III. It has been
absent from the agenda of previous meetings. Some see this as an
admission that mining is not sustainable - others as the work of the
powerful lobby of mining companies. In the meantime the communities in
mining areas continue to lose their land rights and their livelihoods;
* Including our communities in the debate on poverty and environment,
by encouraging two-way conservation education our local languages.
Conservationists must also listen and learn;
* Halting the dumping of obsolete agro-chemicals and legally-binding
the manufacturers to destroy all stocks, wherever they exist worldwide.
* Finding a way around private sector barriers to technology transfer
which limit African countries ability to address issues relating to
* Establishing a special adaptation fund for Africa in order to address
Africa-specific Climate Change issues.
* Using environmentally friendly technologies in agriculture, fishing
and forestry based on indigenous rural technology development.
* Initiating better management of our freshwater stocks. Freshwater
conservation can be improved through simple techniques such as creating
storage dams on small streams and rivers, and by stepping up efforts to
educate all major actors and funding of local research.
* Calling on WTO member countries to exclude from patenting all life
forms, including plants, animals, microorganisms and all natural
processes for the same. This is in line with the Africa Group position
published in August. Without this we could find ourselves in the
position of paying for the permission to grow our indigenous crops.
* Halting the expansion of WTO until a full review of its negative
environmental, social and gender impacts is undertaken.
In reacting to the NGO statements, the Danish Minister of Environment
noted the importance of NGO action on environmental issues. His country
and 54 others are parties to a convention ensuring full public
participation and access to information on environmental policy and
decision-making. So far very few developing countries are parties to
this convention. A UN representative reminded the meeting of a
forthcoming UN sponsored meeting on mining and the environment. The
Ghanaian Minister of Environment Science and Technology noted the
excellent work of Ghanaian NGOs and the need to provide increased
funding for their work and to foster links with environmental NGOs in
All of us need to look at Earth Summit III not just as a meeting on
environment but a Sustainable Development Summit. We need to ensure
that the discussions in 2002 will be realistic and that more funds are
put on the table to ensure that we can realize the plans and
commitments that governments make.
The presence of the NGOs at such a high level meeting is an indication
of the increasing recognition that the Ghana Government gives to their
work. The international recognition that NGOs have gained for their
work in the area of environment and in particular the powerful lobbying
of the NGO Steering Committee of the Commission on Sustainable
Development are other factors.
Many see Earth Summit III as our last chance to make meaningful impact
on the environmental challenges facing our planet. For Africa, the
importance of a continent-wide, thorough and systematic preparation for
the meeting cannot be overemphasized. Globalization is making our
people poorer by creating new barriers to poverty eradication. The
World Trade Organisation (WTO) and other key institutions of global
governance such as the World Bank and the IMF are seen to promote
Northern interests at the expense of the South. On the other hand the
North has not honored its commitment to increase the funding available
for environmental concerns (commitments made at the first Earth Summit
held in Rio in 1992 and reiterated at Earth Summit II held in New York
in 1997) and to curb consumption patterns (for example emissions
targets are disregarded without attracting sanctions).
For further information and questions of clarification contact: Dorothy
K. Gordon - 400960, William Appiah (TWN) - 306069, Fifi Korsah
Brown(FOE), 225963, Hannah Owusu-Koranteng(GAWU) 669394, Mercy
Tachie-Menson (GWS) 665197, Kofi Aboga or Oduro, PRONET 228206
5. Issue Caucus Update
To follow up the outcome from the last CSD UNESCO called a meeting of
the NGO Education Caucus Coordinators and the CSD NGO Co-Chairs in
Paris in September. On behalf of the Education Caucus and the Steering
Committee David Woolecombe from Peace Child International and Trevor
Harvey, the Northern Co-coordinator, attended. The outcome was a
proposal by UNESCO to set up a joint group to work on the
implementation of the 1999 CSD agreement.
The second meeting of the Ad hoc Inter Agency Task Force on Energy
happened on the 8th of November and is preparing for CSD2001. Contact
Mr. Peter Mak in DESA mak@...
At present the Co-Chairs of the Steering Committee are acting
Co-Coordinators of the Caucus. We are reprinting a recent message sent
out on the forests list server, asking for volunteers to work on the
position paper for CSD 2000.
Esmeralda and Felix are acting as temporary Co-coordinators of the
Forest Caucus until the next IFF meeting in February. To enable us to
do this we would like to organize the work of the Caucus in a similar
way to the other issue based caucuses. This would be as follows. We
would like a volunteer to update the NG0 position paper from 1997. We
are enclosing a copy of this with this email. We are suggesting a new
* 2-4 pages, fully referenced.
1. Introduction (What is the issue? (definitions, background
2. Identifying areas of concern (part. for women) (What are the
problems and concerns re: the issue?)
3. Outlining solutions (What should be done to address those problems?)
4. Identifying relevant stakeholders who need to be part of the
solutions (What should be done by who?)
* Content: Whatever you think is relevant! However, it would be useful
to check the relevant CSD and IFF decisions and/or material regarding
the issue on the CSD web-site to gear (part of) our material /
positions towards what's likely to be discussed. If you need help
identifying the relevant UN documents, let us know.
* Timing: provide draft papers within the next 3-4 weeks. This would
take us to the beginning of November. We would suggest two weeks of
input to the draft paper and redraft by the mid November This would
then be sent out to everyone for another round of two weeks comments
redraft by the mid December. Final draft needs to go out for comment in
time for final version for NGOs to individually sign off on by 10th of
January. This would then enable all NGOs to have something to lobby
their governments with before the next IFF meeting.
* Send the draft papers to the caucus list server (and we'll put them
up on the web-site as well), open for discussion of the whole group
The Finance, Investment & Trade Caucus is in the process of organizing
volunteers to draft position papers to be completed before the end of
The Dutch Government will be hosting a major Ministerial Conference on
freshwater between the 18-22nd of March in the Hague. UNED-UK have
been given a contract by the Dutch Government to organise an NGO event
which is meant to bring together representatives of diverse NGO-groups
(environment, nature, health, development cooperation, human rights,
fair trade, etc.) from around the world, to discuss the World Water
Vision and the Framework for Action and to position themselves as
partners in the advancement of sustainable water management. The result
of the meeting is (among others) a statement (free format) to be
delivered at the Ministerial Conference on Tuesday 21 March, for
example by a chairman of the NGO-event. For more information contact
Rosalie Gardner at UNED-UK on una@...
An Indigenous Peoples -CSD Caucus list server has been set up to
facilitate the process of drafting position papers, which are to be
completed before the end of this year.
The following is a report posted on the CSD tourism list server by the
Co-coordinators Nina Rao and Frans de Man.
The NGO Tourism Caucus
A. The mission statement:
The NGO Tourism Caucus focuses on the participation of peoples and
communities in the process of tourism development. Set up in 1998 in
preparation for the 1999 7th session of UN-CSD, which discussed tourism
as it is understood by the different stakeholders, the Tourism Caucus
refers back to Agenda 21 and the concept of sustainable development. In
this process it has expressed the collective experiences of Southern
and Northern NGOs on the impacts of tourism and would like to have
wider representation so that the industry led perspective is balanced
by the peoples concerns and priorities:
* land, water and resource rights,
* peoples and communities
* customs and cultures
* traditional wisdom
* the right to determine ones own future.
* the just demands of those who work in the industry
The Tourism Caucus will take up:
* monitoring the implementation of the CSD-7 outcome
* facilitating multi-stake-holder processes
* the follow-up to Earth Summit 3, in 2002
* investigating opportunities to relate to UN/Intergovernmental
organizations that are working on tourism or affect tourism, such as
the World Trade Organisation.
* promoting a code of ethics which will allow for debate on the manner
of Tourism production and consumption.
Consequently the Tourism Caucus will take up the empowerment of local
communities and indigenous peoples (with special attention to the work
force in tourism) through a more representative and democratic exchange
of information and ideas and informed participation in the debate, to
help them to participate directly and meaningfully at all levels of
decision-making. That requires broad and authentic information,
education and awareness-raising initiatives.
B. Starting points:
In the caucus meeting on the last Friday of the CSD it was decided that
the priority of the coordinators work would be to answer the needs of
NGOs to informed participation in tourism development. This would be
* Creating a list of possible groups/organizations interested and
informing them on the tourism caucus and the opportunities to join the
information sharing process.
* Offering information resources (UNEP/VSO/WWF/others)
* Offering access to information on the CSD process and other relevant
material by creating a very simply accessible newsletter service, with
general information available to all and more regionally based
information available to groups concerned.
* Exploring the possibilities of enhancing and creating access to this
information for local groups.
* Exploring the possibilities to contribute to the process of building
capacities for informed participation for local groups. Next to a
website, also a (for older computers and bad telephone lines) more
easily accessible email facility should serve this purpose.
For the NGOs the unsustainable aspects of tourism relate to the
* Transferring real wealth from the rich to the poor.
* Determining the needs of the local people and their use of resources.
Can we document sustainable practices and then see if tourism can be
* Why measure tourism only by income, and by volume?
* The monocultural practice of tourism and its economic, social and
cultural pressure, particularly on backward regions, which is creating
a tourism tension around the world.
* Leisure and recreation patterns that consume people and places to be
documented and discussed.
* Patterns of consumption--a shift from local or national products to
imported items, which transfer consumer retail expenditure from the
poor and middle classes to the rich and the MNCs.
* Just demands of those who work in the industry.
C. Tasks of the coordinators
The caucus decided in New York that the tasks of the coordinators would
* Representation in Steering Group (at intersessional and at CSD)
* Overseeing/ensuring transparency and facilitating NGO participation
in multistakeholder process
* Relating to Roadmap (UNED-UK site) and all actions by the UN & other
* After consulting with caucus members it was decided that the
coordinators would also be the
* preliminary representatives in the Ad Hoc Multi Stakeholder Working
Group which the CSD called the WTO upon to organize.
D. Issues in sustainable tourism.
From all the documents that have been produced and the emails that were
shared we distilled categories which can be seen as clustering the
issues in sustainable tourism. To streamline discussions and exchange
of information, the eGroup will be divided in subgroups on the
following clusters of issues:
* Community Development/Informed Participation
* Information/Education of tourists
* Finance/International Economy/Financial Institutions/GATS/Investment
* Financial leakages/linkages
* Multistakeholder processes
* Responsible entrepreneurship/Voluntary Initiatives/Codes of ethics or
conduct/Fair and ethical Tourism/Stewardship
* Year of Mountain and Year of Ecotourism
* Biodiversity and environmental issues
* Indigenous people
* Links to other caucuses
In the accompanying questionnaire you can give your preferences.
E. Tourism and NGOs in the UN-CSD 99
For more information on tourism and NGOs in the UN-CSD, you can check
the websites of NGO-CSD website (http://www.open.igc.org/csdngo/) and
the website of UNED-UK: (http://www.uned_uk.org).
The co-facilitators of the women's caucus have put out an outreach to
women's organizations immediately after the CSD in April this, calling
for groups to become involved on the upcoming issues, to hold national
and regional meetings and to provide input into the caucus'
preparations for next year. A list server has been set up and has now
over 120 subscribers. The women's caucus web-site has been developed at
www.uned-uk.org/wcaucus/csdngo.htm and will be moved from there to the
Steering Committee web-site (there is a link on the Steering Committee
web-site at www.csdngo.org/csdngo under Major Groups caucuses). After
identifying the gender sensitive areas under each of the upcoming
issues, members volunteered to draft 10+ position papers regarding
these areas (2-5 pages). The list of upcoming position papers is
available on the caucus web-site. The papers are now underway, being
put out on the list server and on the women's caucus web-site for
discussion and dissemination.
We hope other caucuses will use the material in order to gender
mainstream all our efforts regarding the upcoming issues. The position
papers are also being used for lobbying purposes in general.
Agenda 21, Chapter 24 (point 2.c) contains a recommendation to
governments to issue strategies towards the "full participation of
women in sustainable development and in public life" by the year 2000.
We hope to work with the CSD Secretariat on a background paper for
CSD-8 providing information about Governments' responses to this
recommendation. Due to the ongoing preparations for Beijing+5 in 2000,
relevant material from Governments and NGOs ("alternative reports") is
and will become available; information on implementation of the Beijing
Platform for Action, Section K. Women & the Environment will be most
relevant. Please forward additional material to Chief Bisi Ogunleye
(cowan.b@... and pam@...) and Minu Hemmati
A full report on the SIDS special session that took place on Sept.
27-28, 1999 in New York, will appear in the next Co-chairs report.
7. Regional Meetings
a) The European Networks meeting was attended by Norwegian Forum for
Environment and Development, The Danish 92 Committee, The European
Environment Bureau, the European Commission , UNED-UK and UNEP. The
meeting was hosted by the Danish 92 Committee and it discussed:
* Preparations for a pan European Major Groups Conference to prepare
for 2002, in 2001 in Norway;
* CSD 2000 issues;
* Earth Summit 2002, and how it will fit in with the UN ECE Environment
Conference in Kiev in November 2002.
b) UNEP African NGOs meeting took place in Nairobi, from 20 to 22
Issues discussed at this meeting included:
* The NGO Conference in Seoul
* Earth Summit 2002 - (presented by Felix Dodds)
* Women and Sustainable Development (presented by Wangari Maathai,
Mildred Mkandla and Minu Hemmati)
UNEP has set up a working group of African NGOs to co-ordinate better
8. NGO Caucus coordinators
Corporate Responsibility & Accountability Caucus
S: Jagjit Plahe <Jplahe@...>
N: Pieter van der Gaag <pieter@...>
S: Bremley W.B. Lyngdoh <bremley.lyngdoh@...> or
<brem007@...> or <bantei@...>
N: Trevor Harvey < t.harvey@...>
S: Rajat Chaudhuri <cutscal@...>
N: Deling Wang <deling@...>
Finance, Investment & Trade Caucus
S: Dr Verron Atherley-Rowe <network@...>
N: Doug Hunt <dhunt@...>
S: Esmeralda Brown <ebrown@...>
N: Felix Dodds <una@...>
S: Nicky Nzoki <>
N: Iva Pocock <avoice@...>
Carol Kalafatic <kalafatic@...>
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz <cwero@...>
Sustainable Production and Consumption
S: Chee Yoke Ling <twn@... or <cheeyl@...>
N: Jeffrey Barber <jbarber@...>
S: Nina Rao <theraos@...>
N: Francs de Mann <F.de.Man@...>
S: Chief Bisi Ogunleye <cowan.b@...>
N: Minu Hemmati <minush@...>
9. Media Update
"THE DIALOGUE RECORDS"
The report on the 1998 CSD Dialogue Sessions on 'Industry and
Sustainable Development' has been completed by Michael Strauss and our
editorial team, and is being circulated for comments and edits before
its publication. The book contains the verbatim text of the four
dialogue sessions, analysis and commentary, a forward by former CSD
Chair Habito, and a directory of dialogue participants and
THE DIALOGUE RECORDS is a project of the Steering Committee's Northern
Clearinghouse, Earth Media, and the Norwegian Forum. It's been funded
primarily by a grant from the Foreign Ministry of Norway. Contact
earthmedia@... for more information
The UNEP Global Environmental Outlook 2000 Report was launched in
London, this September, and was hosted by UNED-UK. The launch was
fronted by UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer and spotlighted the
series of environmental crises facing the world today. Its clear,
unrestrained warnings received extensive press coverage in the U.K.,
and additional reporting in other countries. Felix Dodds, Michael
Strauss and Mita Sen attended for the Northern Clearinghouse.
CSD 2000 NGO MEDIA COORDINATION
CSD 8 will include debate on three of the most high-profile issues
affecting the public and policy-makers today - Agriculture [which has
recently been the battlefield for intense public protests and political
conflict between the U.S. and the E.U. over trade barriers, organic
foods labeling, and GMO ]; Energy and Transportation [which will be
back in the news in the build up to the 2001 Climate Change Conference,
and following the return of El Nino and more record breaking weather
catastrophes and conditions]; and Finance/ Trade/ Globalization [which
is likely to have gained extensive media attention, following the
massive protests at next month's meeting in Seattle of the WTO].
Steering Committee Media Coordinator Michael Strauss is organizing a
broad based media effort to support NGOs, encourage news organizations
and assist journalists in covering these potentially 'earth shaking'
stories at the CSD. In London, he met with the BBC and others to
discuss options for news organizations at the CSD in April, and at
Earth Summit 3, in 2002. Possible media events and promotional
activities at CSD this year will include widely focused press mailings,
media round tables, background briefings, press conferences, and
targeted interviews with NGO experts.
Our goal should be to organize at least one major public or media event
for each major issue. One that is being discussed is a high visibility
NGO 'Sustainable Supper' for government delegates, UN officials,
farmers, activists and journalists. This could showcase organic foods,
fair-traded food products, sustainably grown textiles, certified wood
products, and also present statements and entertainment (?!) by NGOs -
to help increase public awareness and media visibility. To co-organize
or assist, contact Michael 1-212 963-4544; earthmedia@....
NGO COALITION MEDIA CAMPAIGNS
With a series of sustainable economic and environmental issues now
starting to approach the critical political decision making stages,
several international and national sustainability issues are to
attempting to gain wide public attention. Campaigns on the WTO and
Trade; Energy and Climate; Food safety; and the high profile Net aid,
have all attempted to increase public awareness of individual issue
A coalition of environment, economic development, and social justice
NGOs, media organizations, and intergovernmental agencies are exploring
a high profile public media campaign leading up to Earth Summit 2002,
to spotlight the relationship between those and other sustainability
issues, like consumption, production, and poverty. Its goal would be
not only to explain those crises in a way people can understand, but
also to suggest a clear series of positive actions that individuals can
take to help move towards a future sustainable societies.
10. Northern Clearinghouse Update
Megan Howell has uploaded the new Steering Committee web site. The
site contains Steering Committee documents, Issue caucus webpages,
archived copies of OUTREACH, links and other CSD related information.
If you haven't been to the website yet, then please go to
If your organization produces a paper on any of the upcoming issues for
CSD-8, please email it to Mita Sen at northclear@..., so that
your paper can be put on the website.
In addition, the Steering Committee website now features a link to
'Babelfish', a program which provides approximate translations (of text
and entire web pages) from English into French, Spanish, German,
Italian and Portuguese. Though the translations are not perfect, we
hope it will help ensure that organizations who's language is not
English can use the material we producing - www.csdngo.org/csdngo.
If anyone has copies of previous NGO statements or position papers that
were presented at CSD please send copies to Mita Sen at the Northern
Clearinghouse. We hope to be able to create an online historical
library of NGO positions over the years.
The Northern Clearinghouse has contracted with EcoAccord Russia to
coordinate outreach to Eastern Europe. As part of this agreement,
EcoAccord has been translating relevant Steering Committee documents
into Russian. This will initially be a three-month contract, during
which we hope over 500 NGOs will be mailed information and thus drawn
into the Steering Committee process. The Northern Caucus made it a
priority to outreach to Eastern Europe during 1999/2000 as only 1 out
600 NGOs at the CSD in 1999 came from Eastern Europe.
The Northern Clearinghouse is also funding the translation of the
Co-Chairs reports and all the Dialogue NGO preparatory papers into
Spanish and French. We hope this will ensure a larger involvement of
NGOs who speak those languages. This is in line with requests made to
the Steering Committee this year.
In September, Mita Sen went to Germany where she met with colleagues at
the German NGO Forum on Environment and Development, UNFCC Climate
Change Secretariat and the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment
The Northern Clearinghouse has submitted its funding proposal to three
funders - the European Commission and the Governments of the
Netherlands and Norway.
We hope you have found this information useful
Esmeralda Brown and Felix Dodds
Co-Chairs of the CSD NGO Steering Committee