Citizenship and the Health Sector
New York, 2./3. February 2002
Stakeholder Forum for Our Common Future; Novartis
International AG; Novo
Society for Participatory
Research in Asia (PRIA); World Information Transfer
Approached: World Health Organisation (WHO); Global Reporting Initiative
Support From: BP Amoco plc; RMC
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'.
years after the Rio Earth Summit, the World Summit on Sustainable Development
will take place in Johannesburg in September 2002. Many stakeholders are seeking
to engage in exchange and learn from their respective experiences with 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.
planned workshop, organised by a group of partner organisations, intends to
bring together representatives of corporations, NGOs, intergovernmental bodies
and other stakeholders. The meeting will focus on the health sector, and
mechanisms of stakeholder responsibility / transparency / accountability. It
will feed into the preparations for Stakeholder Forum's
Implementation Conference (Johannesburg, August 2002), and into the official
Summit preparatory process.
stakeholders taking their role in making sustainable development a reality
explore a set of high priority questions in the areas of health and
corporate / stakeholder citizenship that can be addressed through
collaborative stakeholder action.
good practice and learning from experiences
understanding of stakeholders' roles in sustainable development, and their
understanding of incentives for and barriers towards stakeholder action and
stakeholder collaboration, their short and long term gains
/ prioritise urgent and emerging issues, particularly in relation to
health and sustainable development and those that require (joint)
areas of possible collaboration
of stakeholders are better defined, including areas of overlap.
have learnt more about each others' understanding of and experiences with
collaborative action, based on real world examples.
increase their understanding of their respective concerns and interests,
including aspects of accountability and transparency.
relevant subset of critical parameters for sustainable development in health
care is identified.
number of emerging and urgent issues in relation to health and sustainable
development are identified.
representatives, such as: corporations; NGOs; trade unions; indigenous
peoples; media; women's groups; etc.
& Follow-Up Activities
participants through consultations with partners and within the broader
possible speakers for the plenary sessions; professional facilitators;
rapporteurs for break-out groups
background document on existing
examples of activities and programmes, such as:
differentiated pricing mechanisms within the health sector; benefit-sharing
arrangements between corporations and local communities; stakeholder
activities on corporate accountability; reporting
mechanisms; collaboration models.
This shall be put together by Stakeholder Forum, based on interviews with partners and potential
participants; relevant publications;
'Non Paper No 1' on emerging issues in
the health sector.
Andreas Seiter (Novartis), in cooperation with Stakeholder Forum, produced a
starter paper of thoughts, suggestions, questions (Nov / Dec 2001). This is
being sent to partners and possible participants for comments and interviews
over the phone (Dec 2001 / Jan 2002). Comments and amendments are being
incorporated, producing a rolling 'Non Paper' the last version of which be sent to participants 10 days before the
'Non Paper No 2' on emerging issues
of corporate / stakeholder citizenship.
Robert Whitfield (Stakeholder Forum), in cooperation with Stakeholder Forum board members,
produced a starter paper of thoughts, suggestions, questions (Nov / Dec 2001).
This is being sent to partners and possible participants for comments and
interviews over the phone (Dec 2001 / Jan 2002). Comments and amendment are
being incorporated, producing a rolling 'Non Paper' (including
diverse views), the last version of which be sent to participants 10 days
before the event.
a workshop report with all documents, presentations, outcomes (summary for printed
format; complete coverage for CD ROM format; including interviews with
Feed results into the official Summit process (via PrepComm
II side event;
circulating outcome document; articles in Network 2002; website; lobbying);
Feed results into the Implementation Conference preparations,
for the strands on "Public Health & HIV/AIDS" and "Corporate
/ Stakeholder Citizenship"
at Stakeholder Forum / Implementation Conference team:
Hemmati & Robert Whitfield
facilitator: Nigel Gibbs
coordinator / logistics: Gordon Baker (email@example.com),
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