CSO Regional Consultation Meeting

2010 CSO Asia Pacific Regional Consultation Meeting

CONCEPT NOTE:

Civil society and stakeholders organizations are substantive partners and contributors to improving our understanding of the environment, and 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 at the regional level. They have served the purpose of capacity building and networking for the 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 produces a regional statement. Representatives of major groups are also elected to attend the GCSF.

2010 CSO Asia Pacific Regional Consultation Meeting

In line with the agenda of the 2011 GMGSF and GC/GMEF, 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:
 — participate in the MCED Civil Society Forum which will take place September 30th  
 — join the Regional Consultation Meeting which will take place Sept. 28-29. 
In line with the agenda of the 2011 GMGSF and GC/GMEF, the Regional Consultation Meeting will cover the following topics:
 — International Environmental Governance 
 — Green Economy
 — 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 GCSF and GC/GMEF.