2nd International Forum on
Partnerships for Sustainable Development:
Advancing Implementation on Water and Energy

21-23 March, 2005 Marrakech, Morocco

 

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Monday, 21 March Highlights:

The Second International Forum on Partnerships for Sustainable Development opened on Monday, 21 March. The morning was given over to a welcome and introduction, led by Morocco's Minister of Territorial Planning, Water and Environment, Mohamed Elyazghi.

Welcome and Introduction to the Forum

 
   

Mohamed Elyazghi, Minister of Territorial Planning, Water and Environment, Morocco (left), noted that governments alone can not be expected to implement the ambitious actions of Agenda 21 at the global level, and urged rapid action on partnerships between governments, NGOs and the private sector in collaboration with international organizations and donor agencies.

Taha Balafrej, Director, Department of Partnerships Cooperation and Coordination, Ministry of Territorial Planning, Water and Environment, Morocco (right), presented an overview of the Forum's program, noting that it would focus on implementation on the ground, ways to proceed, and fostering new and strengthening existing partnerships.

     
 

Corrado Clini, Director General, Ministry of Environment, Italy, said that partnerships can be a new model for identifying paths to address global environmental challenges. He called for consideration of partnerships as a tool to look beyond the Kyoto Protocol when the UNFCCC convenes a Seminar of Governmental Experts Bonn, Germany (16-17 May 2005). Clini also called for consideration of partnerships during the CSD's consideration of energy and climate change.

CSD-13 Chair John Ashe, noted the conclusion of CSD-12 that although the international community is not on track on its commitments in the areas of water, sanitation and human settlements, these targets are technically feasible and financially affordable.

Anne Kerr, Chief of Program Coordination, Major Groups and Partnerships, Division for Sustainable Development, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, highlighted several initiatives of the CSD related to partnerships such as the CSD Secretariat's role as the focal point in partnership initiatives, its database and fairs for partnerships, and its report on partnerships for CSD-13.


Ministerial Panel- "Why Partnerships?"
   
 
Elliot Morley, Minister of Environment, UK, John Turner, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, US, Moroccan Environment Minister Mohamed Elyazghi, Yousef Shureiqi, Minister of Environment, Jordan, Henri Djombo, Minister of Economy, Forests and Environment, Republic of the Congo, and Pieter van Geel, Secretary for Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, the Netherlands
 

John Turner, US, Elliot Morley, UK, and

Minister of Economy, Forests, and Environment, Republic of the Congo, addressed the water and energy challenges facing central Africa . He focused on the threats to the Congo Basin system, climate change and rainfall, highlighting a drop off in water flows and impacts and described a NEPAD initiative which is seeking GEF funding to set up a sub-regional authority to address the threats.

 
     

Yousef Shureiqi, Minister of Environment, Jordan, said the Middle East and North Africa (MINA) had captured world attention for all the wrong reasons and noted the opportunities to enhance, structure and showcase its participation in partnership activities. He underlined the need for MINA countries to institutionalize and document initiatives and to integrate them into the WSSD partnership framework.

John Turner, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, US, noted the role of partnerships in creating critical links between internationally agreed development goals, partners and governments, citing the examples of the Global Water Partnership and Global Village Energy Partnership. He invited Forum participants to make the most of opportunities to build partnerships, continue the conversation beyond the Forum, and publicize their successes.

Pieter van Geel, Secretary for Housing, Spatial Planning, and the Environment, the Netherlands, underlined the opportunity for CSD-12 to set the tone for deliberations at the 2005 Millennium Summit, notably calls for increased investment in energy, water and shelter. He called on the CSD to do more to reach out to the development community and the Finance for Development process.

 

   
 
Ministers Djombo and Elyazghi being interviewed by the local press

Partnerships-Learning from the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
 
 
Frances Seymor, Director, Institutions and Governance Program, World Resources Institute, Fanny Calder, The Partnering Initiative/Associate Fellow, Sustainable Development Programme, Chatham House (www.chathamhouse.org.uk; thepartherninginitiative.org; fcalder@chathamhouse.org.uk), Panel Chair Jamal Saghir, World Bank, and Guy Canavy, Chief Executive Officer, Lydec
 
 

Frances Seymour, Director, Institutions and Governance Program, World Resources Institute (left), highlighted three challenges faced by Partnerships for Principle 10: NGOs and governments need to be jointly accountable for results to learn from what is, and is not, working; to avoid the perception that partnerships exist primarily at the international level, since the focus needs to be at the operational level; and, to make partnerships catalysts for official action rather than substitutes for it.

Fanny Calder, The Partnership Initiative and Associate Fellow, Chatham House (center), provided an international affairs perspective. She noted that partnerships are, inter alia , working to create change in a creative way at the system level, reduce political risk, and coordinate work. Partnerships can engage the expertise and resources of a diverse range of actors, strengthening public policy at the national level, and supporting and engaging progress in international negotiations

 

Workshops on "What's Happening on the Ground" in Water and Sanitation Partnerships
 
 
Workshop on Addressing Challenges in Capacity Building: Mohamed Serifi, UNICEF, and Olivier Gilber, Director, Sustainable Development, Veolia (olivier.gilbert@seen.ma; www.veoliaenvironnement.com), who provided an overview of his company's work in electricity and water supply in Morocco, Gabon and Niger, noting that costs are linked to consumption. He highlighted efforts that Veolia has taken to work with and assist local communities, including using mobile payment agencies so that users in remote towns are not forced to travel to pay their bills.
 
 
 
Addressing challenges in technology that meets local needs: George Carpenter, Director, Corporate Sustainable Development, Procter & Gamble (carpenter.gd@pg.com; www.pg.com), discussed licensing safe water technology in Uganda, Haiti and Pakistan, and presented on his company's partnership with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Care International, PSI, and USAID on home purification of drinking water through a reverse engineered municipal treatment process.
 
Addressing Challenges in governance during the discussion
 
 
 
Addressing Challenges in Cost Recovery: Helen Mbabazi, Executive Board, Association of Water Operators (left), discussed the experience of Ugandan small towns and Olivier Gilbert, Director, Sustainable Development, Veolia (olivier.gilbert@seen.ma; www.veoliaenvironnement.com) (right) discussed urban experiences in Africa; Azzam Alwash, Director, Eden Again Project, Iraq Foundation, moderated the event
 
 
Aaron Salzberg, Senior Water Advisor, US Department of State (left), moderated a second session on governance; Chris Godlove, Senior Program Manager, Alliance to Save Energy (center) (cgodlove@ase.org; www.ase.org; www.watergy.org) discussed water efficiency in Karnataka, India; and Ken Caplan, Director, Building Partnerships for Development-Water and Sanitation (www.bpdws.org)
 
A second session on capacity building was held, which addressed human resources development in Casablanca utility, and establishing and strengthening of independent water utilities in 4 towns in Mozambique

Energy: "Listening to End-Users' Development Needs
 
 
Feri G. Lumampao, Executive Director, Asian Alliance of Appropriate Technology Practitioners, Phillipines (fglumampao@approtech.org; http://approtech.org), and Christina Aristanti, Coordinator, Asia--Regional and National Non-Governmental Initiatives, Indonesia (secretariat@arecop.org; www.arecop.org)
 
 
 
Peter Pluschke, GTZ, (peter.pluschke@gtz.de; www.gtz-pgpe.ma); A K Ofosu-Ahenkorah, Executive Director, Energy Foundation, Ghana, (oahenkorah@ghanaef.org; www.ghanaef.org) (second from left)

Energy: "From WSSD to CSD 14/15"
Kathleen Abdalla, Senior Programme Officer, Energy and Transport Branch, UN DESA (abdallak@un.org; www.un.org/esa/desa), Chair Markku Nurmi, Vice Minister of Environment, Finland, and Dominique Lallement, World Bank, ESMAP Programme (diallement@worldbank.org; www.worldbank.org/energy/energyweek2005/)
Mohammed Berdai, Director, Center for Development of Renewable Energies, Morocco (dg.cder@cder.org.ma; www.REN21.net), and Yvo de Boer, Director of International Affairs, Ministry of Environment, the Netherlands (Energy for Development World Conference, http://www.energyfordevelopment.org)

Partnership Exposition
 
   
Minister Elyazghi visits the Partnerships Exposition, with Ministers Shureiqi, Jordan, and Morley, UK, and Assistant Secretary of State, John Turner, US.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
John Mitchell, Partnership for Clean Indoor Air (www.PCIAonline.org) (left); and Minister Elyazghi visits the KfW Carbon Fund (www.kfw.de)
   
   
   
Moroccan Agency for Social Development (ads.maroc@iam.net.ma)
   
   
 

Darian Stibbe, Manager, Seed Initiative Secretariat (info@seeinit.org; http://seedinit.org)

 

Relevant links

Homepage for the Partnerships Forum

Provisional Agenda for the Forum

Summary of the First Forum on Partnerships held in Rome, 4-6 March 2004

UN Division for Sustainable Development Partnerships Homepage

Secretary General’s Report on Partnerships for Sustainable Development

CSD-13 Background Paper on Partnerships for Sustainable Development

CSD-12 Highlights from the Partnerships Fair

ENB’s Summary Report of CSD-12

CSD Partnerships Database

Partnerships Central

The Partnering Initiative

Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Development Partnerships

IISD Portal on Partnerships

RIIA Paper on Partnerships

The Seed Initiative - Supporting Entrepreneurs for Environment and Development

 

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