— Susan Whelan, Minister for International Cooperation, today announced
that Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA),
has contributed $3 million over two years to help developing countries
prepare for and participate in the World Summit on Sustainable Development
(WSSD). Sustainable development is about balancing human, economic, and
environmental priorities, an approach that brings about a higher quality
of life and better access to life's necessities for more individuals and
communities all over the planet.
is essential that developing countries are involved fully in this Summit
– that their voices are heard," Minister Whelan said. "Canada's support
has helped to ensure that developing countries were at the negotiating
table from day 1 in the preparatory process and that they have a strong
voice at the Summit."
funds announced today have been helping developing country officials,
civil society and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) prepare for and
participate in the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Activities
supported include: participating in preparatory meetings; building partnerships
between civil society, local and international NGOs, and governments;
sharing knowledge and expertise; and, supporting a series of sustainable
development initiatives in South Africa related to WSSD.
participation of civil society, NGOs, youth, the private sector, and governments
– all of society's stakeholders – is central to making the Summit inclusive
and representative and ultimately successful," Minister Whelan said. "WSSD
is a promising opportunity to address common global issues surrounding
sustainable development and to build stronger, lasting bridges between
different members of the global community."
Whelan will travel to Johannesburg to participate in the Summit as part
of the Canadian delegation from September 2 to 4, 2002.
for initiatives such as these was provided for in the December 2001 federal
budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.
supports Developing Countries participation
in World Summit on Sustainable Development
The funding announced today has been disbursed in the following manner:
- Support to developing
- $1 million
to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs'
Voluntary Fund to support developing country officials' preparation
and participation in the World Summit on Sustainable Development
(WSSD) and related preparatory meetings.
through the International Development Research Centre for the
meeting of Health and Environment Minister of Africa to be held
in February, 2003.
- Support to developing
country non-governmental organizations (NGOs):
to the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service to support
the participation of developing country NGOs in preparatory
meetings for WSSD and in the Summit itself.
to the Réseau International des ONG Désertification – Southern
African Section – to support civil society in Southern Africa
in their efforts to implement the desertification convention
and other environmental agreements and to highlight their importance
in preparation for and at WSSD.
through the African Development Bank to the Africa Civil Society
Steering Committee for WSSD to organize a meeting with key civil
society organizations and donor country representatives.
- Support to international
to the Earth Council to conduct an assessment of local, national
and regional of the Earth Summit Agreements as critical input
to the International Council for Local Environment Initiatives
to ensure the full participation of local governments in the
WSSD process and build their capacity to serve as leaders in
the global strategy for sustainable development.
to the World Conservation Union to provide an ecosystem and
biodiversity perspective at the Summit by building knowledge
in developing countries in the areas of natural resource management,
environment and conservation.
- Support to South
in budgetary support to help cover the costs of hosting the
to the World Summit Civil Society Company to strengthen South
Africa's civil society preparations at the national and provincial
levels, leading up to the WSSD civil society forum, as well
as facilitating their participation in the policy and preparatory
processes leading up to the Summit by organizing workshops.
to CIDA's Canada Fund in South Africa to fund a series of local
projects that support the WSSD themes.
- Support to Indonesia:
through the United Nations Development Programme to help cover
Indonesia's costs of hosting the fourth meeting of the Preparatory
Committee for WSSD, held in Bali, Indonesia from May 24 to June
: News release Prime Minister Press Office