Asia Pacific Civil Society Regional Consultation Meeting
28 September - 2 October 2010, Astana Kazakhstan
Civil society and stakeholder organizations are substantive partners who improve our understanding of the environment and assist in developing innovative solutions to environmental challenges. UNEP deals with a wide range of partners who bring valuable expertise, research and advocacy skills. These include: women, children and youth, indigenous groups, non-governmental organizations, local authorities, workers and trade unions, business and industry, the scientific and technological community, farmers, governments, Parliamentarians, and intergovernmental organizations, including UN agencies.
Since 2004, the Global Civil Society Forum (GCSF) preceding the annual UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) has become the core of UNEP’s engagement with civil society.
Regional Consultation Meetings
Regional Consultation Meetings constitutes one of the main platforms for engagement with civil society organizations (CSOs) at the regional level. They help build capacity and networking among CSOs in the regions and Regional Offices.
Civil Society Organizations and their representatives are invited to convene two to three-day consultation meetings prior to the GCSF. During the Regional Consultation Meeting civil society representatives dialogue on environmental issues that will be discussed during the GC/GMEF and GCSF, and produce a regional statement. Representatives of major groups are also elected to attend the GCSF.
Asia Pacific Regional Consultation Meeting
The Asia Pacific Regional Consultation Meeting will take place on the fringes of the Sixth Session of the Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development (MCED) for Asia and the Pacific, in Astana, Kazakhstan. As part of this, Asia Pacific civil society participants will:
- join the Regional Consultation Meeting, September 28-29, 2010.
- participate in the MCED Civil Society Forum, September 30th, 2010
In line with the agenda of the 2011 GMGSF and GC/GMEF, the Regional Consultation Meeting will cover the following topics:
International Environmental Governance
Sustainable Production and Consumption
Furthermore, a more general discussion on Rio+20 both on process and on issues relevant for the region will take place during the meeting. As usual, the meetings should result in regional messages/statements that can be fed into the 2011 GCSF and GC/GMEF.
Asia Pacific Regional Statement
CSO Engagement in Asia-Pacific
MCED Civil Society Forum
UNEP Civil Society