OF THE SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE
WORLD SUMMIT ON
Johannesburg, South Africa, 26 August - 4 September 2002
REPORT ON THE PROCESS
A report for individuals and communities interested in summit processes
with particular emphasis on ethical/spiritual issues and NGO collaboration
On 10 January the UNCSD Rio+20 bureau released the zero draft of the outcome document for Rio+20, "The Future We Want": http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php?page=view&type=12&nr=324&menu=23. This draft is based on hundreds of submissions from governments and civil society, including IEF, compiled at http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/index.php?menu=115. It will serve as the basis for intergovernmental negotiations leading up to the conference in June, starting in New York on 25-27 January.
INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT FORUM* STATEMENT TO THE
UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
ETHICAL SUPPORT TO POLICY-MAKING
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 2012
Policy-making today is too often governed by political expediency and the pressures of vested interests. Governments pay lip service to declarations of principles, but seldom consider their relevance to “the real world”. The UN has adopted ethical principles in the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Rio Declaration, Article 3 of the United Nationas Framework Convention on Climate Change (1992) and other instruments, but too often they remain as generalities and their implications are not sufficiently considered in policy and decision-making. Paragraph 6 of the WSSD Plan of Implementation on the importance of ethics for sustainable development requires further action to be effective. Civil society has also completed drafting of the Earth Charter after the failure to agree on a text in Rio in 1992.
The United Nations has created a new web site as its Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.html. The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) website includes resources describing inter-governmental processes, the UN system and major groups as well as resources on sustainable development in action.
The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service facilitated a consultation up to 12 July to gather critical analysis from civil society on four post-2015 reports submitted to the Secretary-General:
1) High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (Post-2015 HLP)
2) UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
3) UN Global Compact (UNGC)
4) UN Development Group (UNDG): The Global Conversation Begins
European Center for Peace and Development
Ninth ECPD International Conference
Belgrade, 11-12 October 2013
New Balkans Sustainability and the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Arthur Lyon Dahl
International Environment Forum
Two themes particularly preoccupying the world today are development and sustainability. For those countries with high levels of poverty and youth unemployment, unable to provide much of their population with even a moderate level of economic security and well-being, economic development is an urgent priority. Yet, as human population growth, resource consumption and pollution hit planetary boundaries and climate change accelerates, our present material civilization seems increasingly unsustainable, threatening to slow or even reverse the progress made in development. Following the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), or Rio+20, in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, and with the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015, the international community has launched a vast debate on the priorities and directions for a Post-2015 Agenda. This paper will describe this process and explore the implications of this on-going debate for the New Balkans and its sustainability.
United Nations reports for the post-2015 agenda
Following the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), or Rio+20, in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, and with the expiration of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015, the international community has launched a vast debate on the priorities and directions for a Post-2015 Agenda. This debate bridges the aim by the development community to reduce poverty, and the concerns of the environmental community to stay within planetary boundaries and achieve sustainability. There is a need to extend the Millennium Development Goals and to create Sustainable Development Goals as agreed at Rio+20 while merging the two processes.
In support of this debate, and using the Internet to reach more widely in consulting the public and civil society organizations, many different processes have been set in motion within the UN system and as submissions for consideration by the UN. It is hard to keep up with all the different processes, but the list of reports below as of October 2013 may help those who want to follow the main lines of the debate.
IEF inputs for Open Working Group on SDGs
2 March 2014
The Open Working Group (OWG) set up by the United Nations General Assembly to prepare proposals for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for post-2015 has completed a first round of meetings and issued a progress report at http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/3238summaryallowg.... Based on this work, its co-chairs have prepared a report on the focus areas for SDGs it has identified (http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/3276focusareas.pdf) for consideration at its meeting on 3-5 March 2014, at UN Headquarters in New York, USA.
Introducing Bahá'í Principles to United Nations Dialogues and Conferences
Arthur Lyon Dahl
International Environment Forum
The creative interaction of spiritual principles and practical problems can shed new light on difficulties that have proven intractable in traditional frameworks and thus influence the life of society. The challenges of climate change and sustainability are particularly pressing. This paper discusses examples of this process at the international level in UN dialogues and conferences, scientific meetings and interfaith gatherings by the Baha'i International Community and the International Environment Forum.