Civil Society Forum

CONCEPT NOTE on Civil Society Forum at UNESCAP Ministerial Conference (Astana, 2010)

30 September, 2010


Civil society representatives from 14 countries took part in the Fifth UNESCAP Conference on Environment and Development in Seoul. Civil society (CS) representatives expressed their deep concern about modern unstable system of production and consumption, prevailing in the majority of the Asia-Pacific countries that in its turn increases pressure on the environment.

Conference participants also identified important role of civil society in achieving sustainable development of the region and urged the interested parties to increase energy efficiency of production and consumption system. Representatives urged governments to cooperate with civil and local societies during realization of solutions adopted within framework of the Conference.

Civil Society Forum in the framework of the Sixth UNESCAP Ministerial Environmental Conference expects the involvement in the processes of discussion and drafting consolidated solutions of the most active and authoritative CS representatives from the Asian-Pacific and European regions with relevant experience and knowledge in Aarhus Convention.

At the same time, special attention will be paid to initiatives of local NGOs from Kazakhstan and Central Asia. Civil Society Forum discussions, as well as structure and thematic content of the Forum, will be provided online through distance participation in electronic discussion on the Conference website

One of the MCED6 side events most interesting themes is proposed for CSF is “Civil Society and Green Growth” based on ideology of CS influence on accepting green solutions and governmental green regulation. And, at the same time, opportunities to influence business sector through forming sustainable consciousness of green consumption in society as set of consumers.

Considering the fact that within the framework of the conference Kazakhstan puts forward the Astana Initiative “Zhasyl Damu – Green Bridge” for further consideration and discussions, acceptance of this initiative at the CSF, and its support during other side events as a platform of cooperation and joint activities among organizations and CS networks in Asia and Europe, as well as possible statements in this regard, could be significant support for initiative’s promotion and realization.

In order to provide the CSF with content and effectiveness, and to facilitate active participation of NGO in other events of Astana-2010, a group of experts (speakers, moderators) among leading sector’s representatives, academic circles, international organizations with significant and successful experience of conducting CS forums and dialogues will be invited to participate in side events.

Forum theme:

“Civil Society and Green Growth”

Forum goal:

Civil society’s consolidated position on creating the «Green bridge» dialogue platform between the European and Asian-Pacific regions on the issues of promoting a "Green growth” policy.

Forum objectives:

Define Civil Society’s consolidated position on the issues of cooperation with business sector through forming society’s sustainable consciousness of green consumption.

Define Civil Society’s consolidated position on influencing green decision making and green regulation at global and local levels.

Develop recommendations on public participation in Astana Initiative «Zhasyl Damu – Green Bridge»

Exchange international experience on civil society participation in achieving green growth and building the green economy. (suggested by participants of the e-discussion)

Forum’s basic organizational issues

— The Forum will take place on September 30th, 2010 from 9:30 till 14:00;

— Location: Astana, the Palace of Independence

— Anticipated number of participants:  150-200 persons;

— Anticipated Forum’s participants: leaders of the Aarhus Process, Ecoforums, Public Council ICSD,

— CS leaders in АPR, leaders of outstanding international NGO (IUCN, WWF, etc.), and bright representatives of academic circles – experts on CS.

Discussion sessions at the Civil Society Forum:

1. Green and competitive – opportunities for cooperation between CS and business sector for promoting «Green Growth» policy;

2. Global and local green growth – CS role and impact on the green decision-making and green regulation at global and local levels.

3. The Astana Initiative «Zhasyl Damu – Green Bridge»: a role of civil society in the initiative implementation.

Draft Ageda

Civil Society Forum at MCED6

(Astana, September 30, 2010)

9:00 – 9:30

Registration of participants

9:30 – 10:00

Welcome speeches
Official Award Ceremony of winner of the best MCED6 logo contest

10:00 – 10:15

“Leadership on Environment and Sustainable Development Programme (LPESD)”, by Aida Karazhanova, UNESCAP Environmental Affairs Officer

10:15 – 11:15

Three discussion sessions, work in teams, development of recommendations and making the decisions in groups

11:15 – 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30

Discussion sessions (continuation)

12:30 – 13:00

Plenary session of Forum – presentation of the group decisions of discussion sessions, conclusions


Development and reconciliation of the Civil Society Forum Resolution, determining the delegates for the Three-party debates  Multistakeholder dialogue

13:30 – 14:00

Civil society forum closure, Concluding notes

Discussion themes within the Civil Society Forum’s framework at the UNESCAP Ministerial conference

Discussion theme

Possible issues for discussion

Place and time




Green and competitive – CS influence on business sector for promoting „Green Growth” policy

1. “Green growth: challenges for extraction industries“ (this title was suggested within the e-discussion)



Global and local green growth – CS role and impact on the green decision-making and green regulation at global and local levels.

1. Public participa-tion in the issues concerning environment protection (Central Asian experience in following Aarhus Convention) (proposal of EcoForum NGO RK)
2. Involvement of civil society into promotion of Green Growth policy on the example of activites of IPEN organization members on resolving the issues of chemical security», Lidia Astanina (suggested within the e-discussion)



Astana Initiative «Zhasyl Damu – Green Bridge»: a role of civil society in the initiative implementation