Friends of paragraph 47 is a governments’ group originally formed by South Africa, Brazil, France and Denmark in the aftermath of Rio+20, to work around the agenda of corporate sustainability reporting (paragraph 47 of the Rio+20 outcome). The group met with stakeholders in Lille on the 16 of November during the Responsible Economy World Forum. This meeting was organized by the Global Reporting Initiative and UNEP who constitute the secretariat for this group. The group of governments welcomed Norway as a new member, andpresented the charter outlining its vision: “Corporate transparency and accountability are key elements of a well-functioning market economy, and enhance the private sector’s contribution to sustainable development” and conviction: “that the role of Governments is essential to foster a culture of corporate transparency”.
The UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), a division of the UN Department of Economics and Social Affairs (UNDESA) has produced a study on the review of the implementation of two of the major outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) held in Rio in 1992; the Rio Declaration and Agenda 21. The study is part of a broader project, Sustainable Development in the 21st Century (SD21), whose objective is to provide a long-term vision for sustainable development based on the development since the Earth Summit. To read the full report click here.
UNEP, UNDESA, the Green Economy Coalition and Stakeholder Forum are conducting a consultation on Major Groups and stakeholders' model of participation in the post-Rio to post-2015 development agenda.
When it comes to setting environmental policies, governments are relying much less on public participation and stakeholder input than they used to.
Renowned sustainable development commentator and environmental campaigner, Jonathon Porritt, will be in Cardiff today (Monday 24 September) to participate in discussions on the Welsh Government’s proposals to introduce sustainability legislation in Wales.
The Board of Directors of Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future - an international organisation working to advance sustainable development – appointed Farooq Ullah as its new Executive Director. Farooq Ullah started his new duties as Executive Director on September 1. He takes over leadership from former Executive Director, Felix Dodds, who stepped down after 20 years in the post.
The Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP), CIVICUS, the Feminist Task Force, Oxfam International, Beyond 2015, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Article 19, ATD Fourth World, the World Movement for Democracy and Stakeholder Forum, welcome the appointment by the UN Secretary-General of a diverse High-Level Panel to advise on a post-2015 development agenda.
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