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CLICK HERE: Initial Implementation Conference Report 1 Sept 2002 / PDF


"Multi-Stakeholder Processes (MSPs) are a new species in the political eco-system. They will make mistakes. They will not solve all the problems to everyone's satisfaction. MSPs should not an will not provide an alternative to good government. But they might help it - and the rest of us - make the necessary progress towards sustainability." 
(Paul Hohnen, Former Director, Greenpeace International, 2001).


Action Plans (=partnership initiatives) under development as of 2 August 2002.


Design & Development of the Implementation Conference

We're building on the findings and recommendations out of our work on multi-stakeholder processes [ more about that ].


Preparatory Process

Preparations for the conference are extensive and detailed, building towards an event where concrete, common action can be agreed and subsequently pursued.

Each conference issue has its own preparatory process, handled by:

A Core Management Team and Issue Coordinators

Multi-Stakeholder Issue Advisory Groups, identified through consultations with the Stakeholder Forum International Advisory Board (IAB); with equitable representation of relevant stakeholder groups;

Lead Facilitators

Issue coordinators are based at Stakeholder Forum, London, UK.

Facilitators are professional moderators with a strong commitment to sustainable development and experience with multi-stakeholder meetings. The facilitation team is diverse in terms of region, gender, and area of professional experience.

At the Implementation Conference itself, there will be 5 teams, facilitating one issue process each. These teams will comprise the respective issue coordinators, lead facilitators, and interns.


Individual Issue Processes

These depend on respective the circumstances within each issue area. We are building on existing multi-stakeholder dialogue processes and aim to take advantage of upcoming meetings. The issue processes will include variations of the following steps:

Where necessary, produce a background briefing paper, covering: outlining the problem area, based on global and regional data; existing international agreements; possible solutions; roles of stakeholders; possible partnerships; existing good practices. This will be coordinated by the issue coordinator, and guided by the Issue Advisory Group. Stakeholder Forum for Our Common Future (formerly UNED Forum) has already produced background briefing papers on freshwater, food security, climate change & energy, and HIV/AIDS, which will be used.

Produce a brief issue paper identifying the main focus areas and perceived opportunities for collaborative stakeholder action ('non-paper'). This will be used as a starting point when identifying IAG members. It will be based on summaries and syntheses of existing stakeholder groups position papers and related material, covering: problems and priorities identified; possible solutions; possible partnerships, identifying common ground and differences, and developing suggestions of possible multi-stakeholder agreements on joint projects and partnerships.
Stakeholder material to be used is material that has been based on consultations within stakeholders’ constituencies. Where such position papers are not available or material is not sufficient, key stakeholders, such as major groups networks, will be interviewed.

Pursue an iterative process, seeking consultation from stakeholders, amending the opportunities/conference outcomes paper and seeking further consultation (on possible focus areas and on the process itself), managed by the Issue Team.

Invite initial expressions of interest in participation each of the potential conference outcomes.

Communication shall be as direct and interactive as possible. We aim to keep track of the process through the rolling 'non papers', and to conduct consultations and dialogues throughout the process via telephone, telephone conferences, and pre-meetings where possible and appropriate.

Hold pre-meetings between stakeholders (primarily around the main WSSD PrepComms but also possibly in South Africa).
For example: Workshop on Stakeholder Citizenship and the Health Sector, New York, 2/3 February 2002
Dinner meetings with IAG members, around PrepComm II in New York, Jan / Feb 2002 (Freshwater; Energy; Food Security); and around PrepCom III in New York, March / April 2002.

Establish and prepare a group of 30+ culturally diverse professional facilitators.

Provide conference participants with appropriate pre-conference material and ensure that the participants arrive at the conference motivated and mandated to collaborate and commit to potential conference results.

Manage the conference in such a way as to maximise the contribution that the conference outcomes make to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Agreements.

Ensure that documents developed throughout the preparatory process are made available to the preparatory process for the Summit itself.
For example: side event on "Health and Sustainable Development: the Role of Stakeholders" at PrepComm II;
side event to present the IC issue strands at PrepComm III
side event to report on progress made at PrepComm IV
special meeting to discuss the CropLife initiative at PrepComm IV.

Ensure that the conference outcomes are effectively communicated/made available to the Summit and the general public.

Manage a follow-up process that helps the stakeholders turn their collaborative commitments into action.

Throughout the process, regular updating of the IC website and communication with stakeholders to ensure transparency of the process.


Desired status at the beginning of the Implementation Conference

Conference material shall be available which includes: background papers; overviews of international and regional agreements; analyses and syntheses of stakeholders’ position papers; possible outcomes.

Stakeholders will arrive with a clear idea of possible outcomes to be worked on, and a mandate to agree possible outcomes.


Issue coordinators will be selected from around the world, representing a maximum of diversity in terms of region, gender, and stakeholder group (team).

Facilitators shall be professional moderators with a strong commitment to sustainable development and experience with multi-stakeholder meetings.

At the Implementation Conference itself, there will be 5 coordinating teams, facilitating one issue process each. These teams will comprise the respective Issue Coordinators and Lead Facilitators.

The IC Project Team

PLEASE NOTE: In the interest of transparency of the process, we publish up to date project developments on this website at short intervals - and things might change over time as the process moves forward. Come back for up to date information!


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