Sidi El Moctar Cheiguer
Chairman, African Network of Environmental Journalists (ANEJ), Mauritania
“My expectation from this meeting is to share information, in order to get more involved in environmental issues as a representative of ANEJ. These meetings are very useful for preparing delegates and keeping Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) informed about the forthcoming Governing Council. I am particularly interested in issues related to water and the environment. The civil society website is a very useful tool for information sharing. Delegates would benefit considerably from the inclusion of an on-line discussion forum on the website as well as a French component.”
Siaka Coulibaly Executive Secretary, Civil Society Organization Network for Development (RESOCIDE), Burkina Faso
"The regional meetings are very important as they provide an excellent forum for discussing various environmental issues at the regional level and beyond, and from different perspectives. However, some of the recommendations and resolutions reached are not pursued due to the difficulties and challenges that most African nations are facing particularly in achieving MDGs. In order to have successful implementation these nations need more support."
Lorraine Achieng, Local Development Solutions, Kenya
"I would have liked to see a wider representation of major groups as I feel that some issues may have been left out of the discussions due lack of representation. The agenda should incorporate regional rather that global input. I also hope that the statements to be released will be realistic and implementable."
Pascal Valentin Houenou
Network for the Environment and Sustainable Development in Africa (NESDA), Côte d’Ivoire
“The issues identified for discussion in this meeting are very important and I appreciate the opportunity that UNEP provides in bringing delegates together to address these issues. CSOs play a very important role in impacting various communities, as they act as community educators. CSOs, however need to be trained regularly to better address environmental issues such as chemicals and waste management, among others. One of my key expectations from this meeting is the establishment of a strong committee for the forthcoming GCSF to address training of CSOs and other NGO representatives.”
Rubina M. Haroon, Africa Regional Director of the World Organization of the Scout Movement, Kenya
"I would like to see the results and recommendations of the thematic areas incorporated in the larger documentation to be later presented in the February 2007 meeting, and action taken on these recommendations. Civil societies need to align and harmonize their own organizations without necessarily the involvement of UNEP. UNEP needs to build more on the interaction within the civil societies. There is definite need to build on strengths of the civil societies rather than focusing on the weaknesses."
Stephen Kabuye, Vice President of the International Council for Local Environment Initiative (ICLEI) and Mayor of Entebbe, Uganda
"I expect this meeting to facilitate the process of enabling ICLEI to bring local governments together to ensure sustainability of the environment, and to provide it with more capacity to address pertinent issues on the environment that will ultimately improve the livelihoods of people. Local authorities are the custodians and link to different components and issues of the environment such as water and sanitation, human settlements among others."