Effective Stakeholder Participation in Reaching Sustainable Development and CSD 15 Goals:

Identifying Opportunities and Challenges for Capacity-building in Consolidating Democracies

Side Event at the Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting to CSD-15
New York, 2 March 2007
Active participation of stakeholders in matters of industrial development, energy, climate change and air pollution management is considered crucial in promoting environmentally sustainable development and reaching CSD-15 goals. UNITAR in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Central American Commission on Environment and Development (CCAD), the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy (YCELP) and the University of Cape Town (UCT) sponsored an official parallel side-event to the Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting for the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) to discuss these issues.
Attended by over 60 delegates of Permanent Missions, delegates and observers participating in the IPM and members of civil society organizations, the side-event introduced capacity self-assessment methodologies developed and tested by UNITAR and its partners, initial results from past and present pilot activities, and provided perspectives from partners and other interested stakeholders. The event offered an opportunity to discuss the partners’ plans to strengthen research, education and capacity building for effective stakeholder involvement in environmental decision making.  
Side Event Panelists
The side event was moderated by Achim Halpaap, at the time the Principal Programme Coordinator, UNITAR Programmes in Chemicals, Waste and Environmental Governance, and featured presentations from the following panelists:
  • Jeremy Wates, Secretary, UNECE Convention on Access to Information,     Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention)
  • Dr. Marco González Pastora, Executive Secretary of CCAD, Director General for the Environment of the Central American Integration System
  • Judy Beaumont, Chief Director, Environment and Sustainable Development Cooperation, Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, South Africa
  • Gustavo Endara, Environmental Affairs Attaché, Permanent Mission of Ecuador at the United Nations
  • Esther Neuhaus, Executive Director, Brazilian Forum of NGOs and Social Movements for the Environment and Development
  • Norine Kennedy, Vice-President for Environmental Affairs, United States Council for International Business/ International Chamber of Business