BASD calls for 'inclusive' World Summit process
Fresh from a three-day tour of Johannesburg, BASD chair Sir Mark Moody-Stuart has called for a "fully inclusive" process at next year's World Summit on Sustainable Development - including a public meeting with NGOs and an exhibition space.
series of high-level meetings with Summit organizers last week, Sir Mark
outlined how the world business community expects to play a vital role in the
World Summit process.
for a public meeting during the Summit between business, NGOs and governments,
saying that "engagement" with all interested parties was important
for finding real solutions in Johannesburg.
need to create a opportunity for smaller NGO's or even individuals to engage
with business and government leaders in some kind of town hall-type
discussion," he said. "The Summit process has to ensure the voices of
all interested parties are heard."
his tour of Summit sites, Sir Mark also supported the idea of an exhibition
space next to the Summit venue in which business - and others - could display
examples of sustainable development best practice.
need to make sure that this space is both cost effective for exhibitors and is
in itself fully sustainable in its efficient use of resources," he said.
Ritchie, a consultant with the Johannesburg World Summit Company (JOWSCO) said
the location of the exhibition relative to the main Summit venue would be
positioning the exhibition hall close to the main conference centre we can not
only provide the incentive for business involvement, by way of a strong entry
point, but also hope to encourage interaction between everyone," he said.
added he was encouraged to see BASD calls for a Summit process which is
"fully-inclusive" being heeded by organisers.
result of lobbying by business, both in South Africa and internationally, the
message of the need to have business closely engaged with governments and NGOs
has clearly taken root," he said. "As it now stands, there is a very
real possibility that business, together with NGOs will have the chance to
interact directly with government delegates. This is a great step forward. We
need all interested parties to be able to sit at the table together, at the
same time and discuss these important issues in a constructive manner."
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