TAI Partner Discussion about Global Gathering Agenda

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Jul 30, 2008

Dear TAI partners,

Below you will find the discussion that took place amoung TAI partners from July 9 to July 21 about the draft TAI Global gathering Agenda.


July 9, 2008

Dear TAI Partners, Attached please find the draft Agenda for the 2nd TAI Global Meeting we are planning in Ireland from October 30 to November 1. Please respond with comments, if any, by 21 July 2008.

Thank you.

Best regards,

Lalanath de Silva, Director, The Access Initiative, World Resources Institute, Washington DC, USA.


From: “Teresa Flores” Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2008 01:20:14 -0400

Dear Lalanath,

I think that the agenda for the 2nd Global Meeting is very good. However, I believe that a short discussion on Climate Change and on the implications of oil prices and biofuels would be of great value. These topics are and will be decisive in the environmental agenda in the coming years. Oil prices have huge implications for the global economy and the prospects of poverty reduction are now less feasible than they were some years ago. Since our advocacy work cannot leave these topics aside, I believe that they should be included in the 2nd global meeting.

With my best regards,

Teresa Bolivian Wildlife Society PRODENA www.prodena.org


From: “dr. Kiss Csaba” Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2008 14:36:38 +0200

Dear Lalanath,

A few agenda items came to my mind, use or discard them as you wish: - some kind of performance review of the regions (maybe it is already in the agenda, under some other name)

  • setting a quasi workplan for TAI, annual or for multiple years (this can also be a panel discussion where regions set their respective plans and then we make an aggregate one on the plenary; also this can be preceded by a visioning exercise if there is demand for that)

  • outreach protocol, i.e. how to gain more attention to TAI, and topics which we (you and I) discussed earlier, e.g. the standard content of a regional report, could also go under this heading

  • some words about PP10

That is all!




From: “Lalanath DeSilva” Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2008 09:43:04 -0400

Thank you Teresa, for your inputs. Let’s see how we can create space for this discussion.




From: “Prkash Mani Sharma” Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2008 18:47:00 +0545

Dear Lala,

Thanks for sharing the draft agenda of 2nd Global meeting. It looks very comprehensive and well designed as it talks about the successful advocacy strategy and tools which help them to make the voice of poor people louder and able to influence environmental decision making. It will be very useful to share such experience which could be replicated in countries like ours.

It is very important to initiate concrete steps to increase the voice of local community and make the arrangement for benefit sharing from the benefit by making the process of environmental decision making more transparent and participatory. This requires communities’ participation from the initial stage of planning. Empowerment of members of communities and developing the Citizen Toolkits for the same will be good way of empowering the communities.

Due to non transparent and non participatory decision making in the use of natural resources and management of environmental pollution it is the poor who has suffer a lot and ultimately it has made them more vulnerable and poor I think this agenda will help participants to come up with some concrete solution to make voice less people starts hearing by the decision makers and our role( TAI Networks )is key to facilitate this to happen.

Hope every one is doing well in your family. Please convey my regards to your Mom and Magalika and love to Liyanga.

With best regards,



From: Richard Ingwe Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 17:54:16 +0000 (GMT)

Dear Lalanath,

There is need to examine at the forthcoming TAI-Meeting in Ireland, the role of civil society under the context of imminent environmental devastation arising from ongoing nuclear power offensive on Africa. For quite sometime now, nuclear power businesses in Europe and elsewhere in the industrialized nations, especially those with strong histories of nuclear technology have shifted their contract campaigns to Africa. They have been busy arguing with and fooling rather ignorant African politicians that the solution to the twin problems of climate change and electrical power crisis lies within the shift from conventional energy (especially power) sources to nuclear power. This is the problematic that this email attempts to highlight to civil society engaged in and committed to environmental governance. The claim that nuclear power (hereinafter described as “nukes”) holds keys to climate change and power crises has been comprehensively debunked as most untrue. Research-derived reports of a multiplicity of cases of nuclear accidents (from Chernobyl to Germany and elsewhere) have demonstrate how really monstrous nukes have been as destroyers of the environment and thereby triggering enormous social and economic problems. Early last year, a nukes promotion conference was organized by nuke businesses and nukes development organizations in North Africa and drew about 40 African national representatives to endorse their interests in establishing nukes. Another related problem associated with nukes is their nearness to proliferation of full-blown nuclear military installations. Recall that wars in themselves are environmentally unfriendly and we know how inadequacy of environmental resource governance triggers wars, especially in Africa and developing nations.

When the North African nukes Summit was about starting in January 2007, anti-nuke civil society sought, but in vain, the assistance of African civil society to issue protest or at least contrary views to what nuke businesses were canvassing! Owing to the weakness of civil society action aimed at counteracting the nuke offensive on Africa, the impression was consolidated and circulated that Africa was in favour of nukes. Consequently, the number of African nations that are planning to establish nukes has increased rapidly. This compels the need to begin to address nukes proliferation, as potential triggers of environmental devastation across Africa (and elsewhere in developing nations) at the TAI-Conference in Ireland. Conclusively, recall that although rapid implementation of sustainable energy has been widely endorsed as a means of mitigating and adapting to climate change impacts by most including the G8 at the Glenagles conference of 2005, the support promised Africa has been rather slow. Instead nuke business have taken faster steps.

Kind regards

CRADLE Geography & Regional Planning Department University Of Calabar Room 30 (1st floor) Social science ‘M.Ogon’ Block Main Campus PMB 1115 Calabar, Nigeria


From: Lalanath Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2008 08:02:05 -0700 (PDT)

Hi TAI partners (especially, Andrea, Csaba, Teresa and Richard) I want to discuss four proposals that I have received for additions to the Global Meeting agenda. They are from Teresa (Bolivia), Richard (Nigeria), Andrea (Chile) and Csaba (Hungary).

Both Teresa and Richard suggest that we spend some time discussing what is certainly the growing global issue - climate change. Teresa suggest that we focus on “Climate Change and on the implications of oil prices and biofuels would be of great value”. Richard’s focus is nuclear power in Africa. Andrea suggest we talk about “plans for the next Earth Summit” Csaba has proposed (a) regional performance reviews (b) a TAI annual work plan (c) TAI outreach protocol and (PP10).

Let me start with Andrea’s proposal. We have made inquiries and there do not appear to be, just yet, any concrete plans for another earth Summit. Even so, that would be in 2012 and it might be a bit premature to deal with this. Perhaps, we should leave this for our next global meeting in 2010?

With respect to Csaba’s proposals, the Core team meeting that will take place on October 28 does have regional reviews and growth plans as well as a TAI work plan on its agenda. TAI outreach will also be discussed at the Core Team meeting. These topics contain a fair amount of detail and require regional leads to put their minds together. I would therefore suggest that we try and have a session where the Core Team prepares a report on its deliberations to be presented to the Global meeting. There can then be discussion around these and other topics in the CT report.

We will try and have a info session on PP10 - perhaps as a lunch time session.

It seems to me that climate change is an important concern for TAI partners. In fact several of our partners have expressed the need to develop interventions in their own countries - particularly on adaptation. We can certainly have a session of climate change - perhaps three TAI partners can present or share views and we can open the session for proposals and ideas on how TAI can get involved. However, we should keep our expectations for this session in perspective. In 60-90 minutes with 80 people in the room there are bound to be many ideas and interventions. At best we can come up with a wish list of what we would like to do. Further development of TAI programs and interventions will need to be tasked to the Core Team or to a selected task Force on Climate Change.

Let me know how you feel about these proposals.




From: Foundation for Environment and Development Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2008 18:21:36 +0000 (GMT)

Dear Lalanath,

I have gone through the proposals and your responses on the four issues. I am glad that you as well as the other partners do cherish the need to have a discussion on Climate Change. Climate change is currently one of the topical environmental issues at the national and global levels. I think that a selected task force on climate change as proposed by Lalanath will be appropriate to lead the discussions on Climate change adptation and mitigation.

Nchunu Justice Sama Esq. Executive Director Foundation for Environment and Development (FEDEV) P.O Box 593 Bamenda, NWP Cameroon.


m: “Andrea Sanhueza” Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 10:01:33 -0400

Dear TAI Partners, here are my comments:

  1. I know it is quite early to make plans for the next Summit, but I thought maybe it was worth it considering how slow is planning and the regional pre-conferences that are at least one year before. But I agree to talk about it in 2010.

  2. I think is it a good idea to prepare a report for the rest of the partners and also it could be an instance to complete it with information that the partners have.

  3. If it is a need to discuss some topics related to climate change I agree that we need to do it.




From: “Lalanath DeSilva” Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 14:51:40 -0400

Dear Justice,

Thank you for your input. We appreciate this very much. In the meantime, please accept our heartiest congratulations on your being featured in the news. Please see below.






From: “dr. Kiss Csaba” Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2008 17:08:32 +0200

Hi Lalanath,

I can fully accept your proposal. Nevertheless, someting came to my mind just recently: I guess there will be panel discussions and not only plenary, so in this case I would like to ask you to reserve one topic for us (development). This is also reasoned by the fact that our development meeting was originally planned to be 2 days, and now 1 day already seems very dense. So an extra 1/4 day as one of the plenaries would be nice…



From: “Juan Carlos Carrillo” Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2008 13:47:22 -0500

Dear Lalanath:

About the TAI Global meeting agenda we propose:

  • It would be a good idea to share written complementary information on TAI local actions through posters

  • Does it have a specific time for the TAI methodology changes on the web site?

  • Before closing, we need to establish next steps & follow up We are agree with Csaba’s comments and regarding climate change topic it would be useful approach under TAI issues like methodology

Best regards

Olimpia, Juan Carlos y Tomas Iniciativa de Acceso Mexico


From: Lalanath Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 07:16:18 -0700 (PDT)

Hi TAI Partners,

What a wonderful response to the Draft Agenda!

We will now take all of your comments and do our best to accomodate your proposals. However, I want to caution that we have already a crowded three days for the Global Meeting. Adding more sessions means (a) taking away session we already have or (b) running them simultaneously so partners will have to choose or (c) reducing the time we have allocated for each session so we can have more sessions or (d) extending the time of the meeting each day.

What I am saying is that there will have to be some compromises on all sides as we device a mutually satisfactory Agenda. But I know that our spirit of cooperation will allow us to come up with a great Agenda.

We’ll post a new agenda soon.

Thanks to all.

Best, Lalanath

Old Draft Agenda that was discussed.doc42 KB

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