On 19 February 2008, the Ninth Session of the Global Civil Society Forum will convene in the Principality of Monaco. This Forum precedes the 10th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS.X/GMEF) which will take place from 20 to 22 February 2008.
The objective of the GCSF is to provide a platform for exchange and consultation among civil society on key environmental issues to be addressed by the Member States during the GC/GMEF, and to facilitate Major Groups' contribution to the GC/GMEF and other international environmental forums.
The provisional agenda for this event is:
• Engaging at the GCSS.X/GMEF
• Adoption of the "Guidelines for improving the Global Civil Society Forum Cycle"
• Dialogue with Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP
• Globalization and the environment, mobilizing finances to meet the climate challenge
• Panel discussion on the UNEP Medium Term Strategy 2010-2013
In addition to the above, the Major Groups and Stakeholders Branch is organizing a special event to discuss the draft report on "Green Jobs: Towards Sustainable Work in a Low-Carbon World" to be held on Friday 22 February 2008 from 13.30 to 14.30 at the Van Dongen Room, Grimaldi Forum.
A special meeting room - The Greenroom - is reserved for the participating civil society and major groups' organizations during the GCSF and the GC/GMEF from Tuesday 19 to Friday 22 February 2008. The Greenroom events taking place in the Espace Le Guelfe, Grimaldi Forum range from press events, to presentations on Action on Climate Change; the Framework for a Post 2012 Agreement on Climate Change: A Post Bali Perspective; the Role of Civil Society in the GEF; Human Rights and Climate Change: A Gender Perspective to training sessions such as Capacity Building for Civil Society in Lobbying at MEAs. Please see also: http://www.unep.org/civil_society/GCSF9/greenroom.asp
In the process leading to GCSS.X/GMEF, and as per the rule 69 of the rules of procedures of the UNEP Governing Council, civil society organizations accredited to UNEP receive the unedited working documents of the UNEP Governing Council sessions at the same time as the Committee of the Permanent Representatives (CPR), for their review and comments. This consultation with civil society prior to the Governing Council provides an opportunity for civil society to contribute to the discussions on the above mentioned thematic and policy issues.