Health and Stakeholder Citizenship
Report on Workshop, 2 - 3 February 2002
Compiled by Gordon Baker, Stakeholder Forum
Annex: Workshop Participants
Corporations, NGOs, intergovernmental bodies and others have been developing innovative strategies to tackle urgent issues such as equitable access to health and to other basic needs; increasing transparency and accountability of their operations; and developing partnerships amongst themselves. However, many of these efforts fail to be replicated, many problems remain unsolved, and there is no coherent framework of 'stakeholder citizenship'.
Ten years after the Rio Earth Summit, the World Summit on Sustainable Development will take place in Johannesburg in August/September 2002 (referred to below as “Earth Summit 2002”). Many stakeholders are seeking to engage in exchange and learn from their respective experiences of the challenges of sustainable development. They are also seeking to identify more clearly their roles and options within sustainable development and to become more pro-active in addressing emerging and possibly contentious issues.
Governments and intergovernmental bodies are preparing the agenda of Earth Summit 2002; with 'public health' and HIV/AIDS among the suggested topics. WHO is developing an outline of its specific contributions, which achieved greater focus in a conference on health and sustainable development in Johannesburg in January 2002 (producing the ‘Johannesburg Declaration’).
The 2-3 February workshop, organised by a group of partner organisations, brought together representatives of corporations, NGOs, intergovernmental bodies and other stakeholder groups. The meeting focused on participants sharing their understanding of key issues and necessary action in the health sector, and key mechanisms of stakeholder responsibility / transparency / accountability. The outcomes identified in this paper form the basis of a working document that will feed into preparations for Stakeholder Forum's "Stakeholder Action for Our Common Future" (Implementation Conference), and into the official Summit preparatory process.
The vision of the Implementation Conference project, as well as of this workshop, is to contribute to all stakeholders playing their roles in making sustainable development a reality.
The goals of the workshop included to:
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The workshop helped participants to identify stakeholders’ responsibilities and learn about their respective concerns and interests. Participants shared their experiences with projects, programmes and partnership arrangements in developed and developing countries, and developed a better understanding of what they were able and prepared to do in order to promote the goals of sustainable development.
The workshop also helped to identify priority issues within the broad areas of ‘Health’ and ‘Corporate / Stakeholder Citizenship’. Participants discussed those priority issues and what contributions stakeholders and, in particular, stakeholder partnerships, could deliver.
The participants also exchanged views on how partnerships should be developed and what the success criteria of ‘smart partnerships’ might be.
Bringing together participants from different stakeholder groups, the workshop also helped to build linkages between stakeholder communities that operate in different sectors and at different levels around the world.
Possible Future Action Areas : Health
During the workshop, a number of potential areas for stakeholder collaboration were suggested, including:
Possible Future Action Areas: Corporate and Stakeholder Citizenship
number of possible action areas for collaborative stakeholder action were
Some participants considered many aspects of stakeholder citizenship to be cross-cutting. While some aspects such as subsidies tend to be issue specific, and therefore may be best addressed within each sector (e.g. food, energy, water), other aspects for example transparency and accountability or tools such as reporting and rating are better addressed overall.
General comments on Approaching Future Collaborative Action
discussed barriers to and helpful conditions for collaborative stakeholder
action, and shared their views of successful partnerships. There was
considerable richness of experience and perspective among participants. The
following points were made:
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The Implementation Conference team will engage in follow-up activities to the workshop in order to continue preparations towards the Implementation Conference, including:
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