Civil Society Regional Consultations Take Off in Geneva
European Regional Consultation Meeting for the 8th UNEP Global Civil Society Forum, and Annual meeting of UNEP National Committees and partner NGOs
Geneva, 23-25 October 2006
Representatives of major groups of civil society will meet in Geneva this week in preparation for the 8th UNEP Global Civil Society Forum (GCSF).
The European Regional Consultation meeting is expected to provide a platform for civil society participation in and contribution to the preparations for the twenty-fourth session of the Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC-24/GMEF) to be held in Nairobi, from 5 to 9 February 2007.
The Governing Council / Global Ministerial Environment Forum, will take as its central theme for February 2007 globalization and environment, and United Nations Reform. The two key themes are expected to dominate the discussions during the Regional Consultation.
In addition, dialogue sessions on water, chemicals management, gender, sustainable procurement policies and practices, international and regional processes will be the focus for the representatives of the major groups of civil society.
All major groups are represented in the forthcoming meeting in Geneva (Women, Youth, Indigenous peoples, NGOs, Local Authorities, Worker and Trade Unions, Business and Industry, scientific community, and Farmers associations)..
Furthermore, UNEP National Committees in Europe will participate in the meeting, which offers an opportunity for a broad exchange of views and networking between regional and national NGO constituencies..
The participants will have an opportunity to hear from and interact with a number of Geneva-based international organizations working in the field of environment and sustainable development..
The meeting will have a wide representation of European countries including: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro,
The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.