UNEP Draft Response to Questionnaire for the Major Groups

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The TAI Secretariat has completed a draft response to the Secretary General’s Questionnaire B to submit as part of the RIO 2012 process. We are seeking to open up space on the RIO 2012 Agenda to discuss progress to date on access rights. In addition we are compiling case studies from partners as an appendix to this questionnaire. Please see attached the DRAFT response to the Questionniare. We ask for comments to this Questionnaire by TAI partners by end of work day on October 29th.Comments can also be provided after the Rio 2012 session at the Global Gathering. Please submit comments to Carole Excell, Senior Associate e-mail: cexcell@wri.org.

See below an extract from UNEP on the request to Major groups for the submission.

This Questionnaire has been prepared in response to the decisions of the First Preparatory Committee Meeting (1st Prepcom) held on 17-18 May 2010 which invite the major groups and other stakeholders to contribute to the preparatory process, inter-alia, on experiences, success factors, challenges and risks. Contributions and information collected will lead to the preparation of a Synthesis Report which will be discussed at the first intersessional meeting scheduled to take place on 10-11 January 2011.

II. Objective and Themes of UNCSD

  1. UNCSD is being organized in pursuance of General Assembly Resolution 64/236. The Conference will take place in Brazil in 2012 on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg

  2. The objective of the Conference is to secure renewed political commitment for sustainable development, assessing the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development, and addressing new and emerging challenges. To this end, the focus is on two themes: (a) a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and (b) the institutional framework for sustainable development.

III. Questionnaires for Providing Contributions

  1. Separate questionnaires have been prepared for the objective and two themes of the Conference (see Attachments A-E). A list of these questionnaires is provided below.

Questionnaire A: Renewing political commitment for sustainable development Questionnaire B: Assessing the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the outcomes of the major summits on sustainable development Questionnaire C: Addressing new and emerging challenges Questionnaire D: Green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication Questionnaire E: Institutional framework for sustainable development

Each questionnaire is divided into two parts. The first part provides a brief introduction with regard to current thinking on the issues embedded in each objective and theme, while questions for which contributions are sought are presented in part 2. These questions are grouped under experiences, success factors, challenges and risks.

IV. Process for Submitting Contributions

  1. There are two ways of submitting contributions, on-line or by email:

 Online: Questionnaires will be posted on the UNCSD website in a writeable form. Focal points of organizations in consultative status with ECOSOC or on the CSD roster can request a secure password from the secretariat (UNCSD2012@un.org). Stakeholders will be able to enter information on their secure location, submit completed portions and attachments in real time, while saving incomplete work for later submission.  By email: The questionnaires can be downloaded from the website or obtained electronically from the secretariat (UNCSD2012@un.org), and completed offline. They can be submitted, together with relevant attachments, by e-mail to UNCSD2012@un.org, with a copy to Mr. Arthur de la Cruz: (delacruza@un.org).

  1. In addition to solicited inputs through the questionnaires for the preparation of Synthesis Report, the Major groups and other stakeholders are invited to submit additional material on case studies, best practices, lessons learned, assessments made, specific programmes/ projects implemented, institutions developed which are relevant to the objective and themes of the conference. This information can be submitted electronically, as pdf attachments or weblinks (urls). If electronic copies are not available, hard copies can be sent by mail to: Mr Arthur de La Cruz, Division for Sustainable Development, Two UN Plaza, 22nd Floor, Room DC2-2200, New York, NY 10017, USA, or by fax: +(1-212) 963-1267.

V. Deadlines for Submission of Inputs through Questionnaires

  1. The deadline for the submission of questionnaires is 31 October 2010. All submissions received by that date, together with supporting materials, will be posted on the UNCSD website as requested by the Preparatory Committee.
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