2002 WORLD SUMMIT ON
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT REGIONAL ROUNDTABLES (As of 25 May 2001)
Regional Roundtables will be part of the Regional Preparatory process for
the World Summit on Sustainable Development. The purpose of the roundtables is
to take advantage of the views of eminent persons from the Regions who have
political and practical experience in the field of sustainable development and
who have been actively involved in the implementation of Agenda 21 at various
levels: local, national, regional or international.
The main objective of the roundtables is to elaborate practical proposals and
suggest innovative approaches aimed at expediting progress in sustainable
development and the implementation of Agenda 21 and, in this formulate
recommendations for consideration particularly by the regional
inter-governmental preparatory meetings (regional prepcoms) as well as other
meetings relevant to the Summit preparatory process.
In addition, roundtable participants, in so far as they understand and relate
to the interests of major groups involved in sustainable development e.g.
scientists and business, may, as part of the roundtable process be in a
position to commit to new initiatives or programs on behalf of a major group.
The significance of the regional nature of the roundtables is that outstanding
people from the regions will be able to give a particular perspective on the
needs of the regions and on innovative proposals for contributing to
sustainable development in the regions. By conducting a series of regional
roundtables the Summit process will benefit from a larger number of globally
eminent people than would be the case with a single global roundtable.
While the roundtables are regional, because of the expertise of the
participants in matters relating to sustainable development the roundtables
will also be able to contribute innovative ideas on the promotion of
sustainable development at the global level and hence possibly, contribute
directly to the issues being considered at the Summit.
Participants at the roundtables will be of an 'eminent' nature, that is, based
on their experience in sustainable development and international processes and
their understanding of the role and needs of major groups, will be able to
contribute both inspirational and pragmatic ideas for regional and global
To obtain maximum benefit of the roundtables the reports of the meetings will
be sent to all of the regional and sub-regional prepcoms as well as being
available to the global preparatory meetings and the Summit Conference. The
roundtable reports will also be available on the Summit web site.
The Division of Sustainable Development in the Department of Economic and
Social Affairs (DSD/DESA), in collaboration with the host government or host
organization and in consultation with the UN Regional Commissions, UNEP and
UNDP will organize the roundtables.
Agenda of Roundtables
Participation in Roundtables
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