Stakeholder Action for Our Common Future
The purpose of the “Implementation Conference: Stakeholder Action for Our Common Future” (IC) was to inspire stakeholders to create collectively, clear, measurable on-going action to deliver the Sustainable Development Agreements.
The Implementation Conference process and event was designed to support the movement of citizens and organisations coming together in multi-stakeholder processes or partnerships, at local, national and international levels. Many stakeholders are determined to take action within their sphere of control and reach. People are keen to work out complementary roles and responsibilities with governments and thus develop a key component of sustainable development governance.
While much can be achieved by individual organisations, working in partnerships can often be more effective. Partnerships are not new but the Earth Summit 2002 process has brought this movement to the fore. The IC was aiming to contribute to harnessing its energy, creativity and courage, and thus delivering real change on the ground.
The Implementation Conference process and event poignantly highlighted the vital role of participation in generating commitment to action. Taking the lead from existing (and emerging) Sustainable Development Agreements, stakeholder identified areas of future collaboration and agreed action plans that they are pursuing in partnership initiatives.
Developed between June 2001 and August 2002, the process culminated in a 3 day event immediately preceding the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa (24 – 26 August 2002). This event represented just one step towards inspiring collective action for sustainable development. Ongoing follow-up by both Stakeholder Forum and IC participants aims to ensure this momentum is sustained and expanded upon, beyond the IC outcomes generated in Johannesburg. In addition, Stakeholder Forum and IC participants and partners will share their experiences and recommendations with UN DESA as it is preparing the follow-up mechanisms to the Type 2 Summit Outcomes.
In preparation of the IC event, we engaged in several stages of consultations with a broad range of stakeholder organisations, governments, and international agencies:
Over four hundred stakeholders from over 50 countries participated at the Implementation Conference itself. Supported by a 25 strong international facilitation team, 25 small, multi-stakeholder Action Plan groups worked over 3 days, developing 25 concrete, agreed and owned collaborative actions plans focussing on specific aspects of existing and emerging policy agreements within one of the four issues:
The outcomes of the IC were also presented at Earth Summit 2002 as part of the partnership presentation events.
These partnerships are about action for putting international agreements into practice. They are not about lobbying governments. Impacting policy-making was not the primary concern of the participants who gathered at the IC. However, it is hoped that the stakeholders’ actions and what we learn from them will indeed feed into policy making in the future.
The Implementation Conference process and event was supported by a range of institutions and organisations – governments, international agencies, foundations, corporations, and other stakeholders (see Partners).
For any questions please contact the Project Coordinators:
Minu Hemmati, email firstname.lastname@example.org; Tel +44 20 7089 4309
Robert Whitfield, email email@example.com; Tel +44 207 089 4319
Stakeholder Forum for Our Common Future
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