|Parliamentary Meeting on the occasion of the
WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Johannesburg, 29 and 30 August 2002
Organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the South African Parliament
The United Nations held the World Summit on Sustainable Development, in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 26 August to 4 September. In view of the Inter-Parliamentary Union's wish to provide a parliamentary dimension to this UN Summit, according to its policy and practice, the Council of the IPU decided that a parliamentary two-day event entitled: Sustainable development: The role of Parliaments in ensuring implementation and accountability would be held on 29 and 30 August 2002 in the vicinity of the Standton Convention Centre. The Parliament of South Africa has kindly agreed to be the co-host of this meeting.
The meeting was open to all MPs attending the World Summit as part of their national delegations to the United Nations event, or attending the NGO Forum held on the occasion. The discussions provided an opportunity for parliamentarians to gain an insight into the main issues at stake in the World Summit on Sustainable Development and to bring their influence to bear on the intergovernmental negotiations towards the Programme of Action that the Summit is expected to adopt.
At the end of its work, the Parliamentary Meeting adopted by acclamation the text of the Final Declaration. The programme and agenda of the meeting are reproduced below. Relevant documents (convocation, invitation, registration form, practical information note) can be downloaded from this page in PDF format.
In addition to the IPU/South Africa Parliamentary Meeting, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the United Nations Volunteers held a Side Event Panel Discussion on Wednesday 28 August 2002 from 18.00 to 19.30 with the support of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
|Parliamentary Meeting documents|
|Final Declaration (PDF)|
|Practical information note (PDF)|
|Side Event Panel Discussion|
|Invitation letter (PDF)|
|Convocation letter (PDF)|
|Registration form (PDF)|
Related sites and documents
|Parliament of South Africa|
|International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies|
|Final document of the Inter-Parliamentary Conference on Environment and Development (Brasilia, 23-27 November 1992)|
|Resolution of the 107th Inter-Parliamentary Conference (Marrakech, March 2002) entitled "Ten years after Rio: global degradation of the environment and parliamentary support for the Kyoto Protocol"|
|Resolution of the 100th Inter-Parliamentary Conference (Moscow, September 1998) entitled "Water: the means required to preserve, manage and make the best use of this essential resource for sustainable development"|
|Resolution of the 91st Inter-Parliamentary Conference (Paris, March 1994) entitled "Waste management for a healthy environment"|
|Resolution of the 87th Inter-Parliamentary Conference (Yaoundé, April 1992) entitled "Environment and Development: The views of parliamentarians on the main directions of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development and its prospects"|
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|Updated on 19 August 2002|
|DRAFT ANNOTATED AGENDA|
Opening speeches will be delivered by the Presiding Officer of the Parliament of South Africa, the President of the Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, a representative of the United Nations and a representative of the Government of South Africa.
1. Role of Parliaments in ensuring implementation and compliance with reporting requirements
This first item is meant to launch an action-oriented discussion on implementation and accountability by focusing on the important aspects of parliamentary monitoring, assessment and reporting on governmental commitments. Specifically, participants will be invited to discuss the ways and means that parliaments have, or can develop, to fully exercise their role in this regard.
2. Sustainable development: The basis of human security
Sustainable development and human security are interlinked. Sustainable development provides the basis for human security. At the same time, the absence of human security undermines the achievement of sustainable development.
3. Improving the international framework for sustainable development
As a result of the 1992 Rio Conference, a myriad of international institutions, mechanisms, instruments and policies have been developed. The participants will have an opportunity to discuss how to streamline and improve on this multi-layered system of international environmental governance.
4. New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and other new forms of partnerships for development
The New Partnership for Africa's Development provides an example of action that is taken by African leaders to work with others in ensuring sustainable development in Africa. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss that initiative and to review progress achieved in its implementation.
Finalisation and adoption of outcome document
At the end of the meeting the participants will have an opportunity to finalise and adopt a draft declaration addressing the theme of the parliamentary meeting and presenting recommendations for a long-term parliamentary follow-up to the outcome of the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
Close of the meeting
The meeting will close with statements from the two organisers of the event.
|Updated on 23 August 2002|
|WEDNESDAY, 28 AUGUST|
|10 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.||Registration of participants and distribution of documents|
THURSDAY, 29 AUGUST
|8 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.||Registration of participants and distribution of documents|
|9.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.||Opening session:
|10.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.||First panel discussion: Role of Parliaments in ensuring implementation and compliance with reporting requirements
|1.00 p.m. to 3 p.m.||Lunch Break|
|3.00 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.||Second panel discussion: Sustainable development: The basis of human security
|7 p.m.||Reception hosted by the South African Parliament|
FRIDAY, 30 AUGUST
|9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.||Third panel discussion: Improving the international framework for sustainable development
|12.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.||Lunch Break|
|2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.||Fourth Panel Discussion: New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and other new forms of partnerships for development
|5.30 p.m.||Adoption of the Draft Declaration of the Parliamentary Meeting and concluding remarks by the Chairperson|
|SIDE EVENT PANEL DISCUSSION|
|The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and the United Nations Volunteers, with the support of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, will be holding a Side Event Panel Discussion at the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development. The event will take place on Wednesday 28 August 2002 from 18:00 to 19:30, at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The theme of this panel event will focus on community involvement and volunteering in sustainable development. The respective heads of the following organisations will take part: