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Analytic Study of the CSD's Experience with the Multi-Stakeholder
[A joint project of
Institute and the Summit Secretariat ]
Since 1998, the Commission on Sustainable Development included a two-day
Multi-stakeholder Dialogue in its official programme of work. These dialogues
provide the CSD the opportunity to directly interact with and consult the views
of major groups on a specific sustainable development issue. So far,
multi-stakeholder dialogues have focused on the Role of Industry in Sustainable
Development (1998), Sustainable Tourism (1999) and Sustainable Agriculture
(2000). In 2001, the CSD's work programme includes a multi-stakeholder dialogue
on Sustainable Energy and Transport.
Multi-stakeholder dialogues are unique to the CSD although they appear to have
generated interest to test their replication potential in other
inter-governmental organizations and processes.
As a joint effort of Consensus Building Institute (based in the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology - MIT, USA) and the Summit Secretariat, this study
sought to answer the following questions:
This study was submitted to Prepcom III of the World Summit on Sustainable
Development as additional background material.
Click here to download a copy of the study.
- Have the dialogues been effective in meeting the primary goals of
organizers and participants?
- Have the dialogues influenced the formulation or the implementation of
sustainable development goals in the topic areas they have addressed?
- What aspects of the dialogue process have been most effective in promoting
meaningful consultations between governmental and non-governmental actors?
- Have the dialogues generated useful follow-up actions or processes?
- In what ways can or should the dialogues be improved?
- What broader lessons can stakeholders in sustainable development
initiatives (both in the UN system and beyond it) learn from the CSD experience
with multi-stakeholder dialogues?
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24 August 2006