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fwd: "Sustainable Economic Opportunity Program"/global
I believe many on these lists will find that this draft proposal
(prepared for the UN CSD) resonates with both the values and goals of
community reinvestment in the US and elsewhere. They have called for
comments -- please reply to Northern Clearinghouse <firstname.lastname@example.org>
(and perhaps copy to this list, if you think it will interest others).
>Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2000 URGENT
>From: Esmeralda Brown <EBrown@gbgm-umc.org>
>To: Northern Clearinghouse <email@example.com>
> This paper was prepared by Dr. Waldaba Stewart and was discussed
> and amended and the NGOs meeting of today, 21st February 2000. It was
> also discussed that it should be sent out on the relevant list servers
> for comments immediately.
> Could you please send it out for us.
>Innovative Options for Accessing Existing and New Resources That Could Be
>Utilized to Enable Sustainable Economic Activity By Peoples in Vulnerable
>Marginalized and Under Represented Peoples and Communities.
>Prepared by Dr. Waldaba Stewart of the Southern Diaspora Research and
>Development Center and discussed and amended by the NGOs meeting on 21st
>of February 2000.
>Introduction: This paper seeks to encourage support for efforts to increase
>the participation of Vulnerable , Marginalized and under represented
>Communities identified in Agenda 21 in Sustainable Economic and Self
>The proposals described herein are rooted in the following principles found
>in Agenda 21. From the Introduction of Agenda 21: " Underlying the Earth
>Summit agreements is the idea that humanity has reached a turning point. We
>can continue with present policies which are deepening economic divisions
>within and between countries - which increase poverty, hunger, sickness and
>illiteracy and cause the continuing deterioration of the ecosystem on which
>life on Earth depends. Or we can change course. We can act to improve the
>living standards of those who are in need. We can better manage and protect
>the ecosystem and bring about more prosperous future for us all. No nation
>can achieve this on its own. Together we can - in a global partnership for
> >From the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development:
>Principle 3 The right to development must be fulfilled so as to equitably
>meet development and environmental needs of present and future generations.
>Principle 6 The special situation and needs of developing countries,
>particularly the least developed and those most environmentally vulnerable,
>will be given special priority. International actions in the field of
>environment and development should also address the interests and needs of
>Principle 20 Women have a vital role in environment management and
>development. Their full participation is therefore essential to achieve
>Principle 21 The creativity, ideals and courage of the youth of the world
>should be mobilized to forge a global partnership in order to achieve
>sustainable development and ensure a better future for all.
> Principle 22 Indigenous people and their communities and other local
>communities have a vital role in environmental management and development
>because of their knowledge and traditional practices. States should
>recognize and duly support their identity, culture and interests and enable
>their effective participation in the achievement of sustainable development.
>Too often vulnerable, marginalized and under represented peoples and
>communities have been viewed by the international communities solely as
>There is little understanding or credence given to the notions expressed in
>principles 20, 21 and 22 of the Rio Declaration to the effect that these
>Peoples and Communities can in fact play a major role in achieving the
>principles annunciated in Principle 3, Principle 6 and in the introduction
>of Agenda 21.
>We put forth the following concepts for discussion and consideration:
>1. That These Peoples and Communities should be involved in developing
>strategic plans for Sustainable Economic and Self Development of their
>communities of appropriate size and scope as to alter the socio economic
>status of the community.
>2. Based on experiences with community development in developed countries,
>strategies creating an enabling environment for the private sector and local
>communities to cooperate and be equitable partners in planning and
>implementing economic development and self development should be considered.
>In many countries the State either lacks the resources to support or
>facilitate the ability of those Peoples and Communities to effectively
>participate in the sustainable economic and self development of their area.
>In addition, Indigenous Peoples and other Communities having been
>dispossessed of their lands and resources and even where recognized at will,
>often find themselves relegated to the status of being wards of the state.
>Even where they exist, country-based development bank mechanisms are faced
>with great political demand for the resources they command. Therefore in
>that context very little or no resources are set aside for the participation
>of vulnerable, marginalized and under represented Peoples and Communities in
>the Sustainable Economic and self Development of the Country.
>One factor that would encourage the participation of development banks in
>the effective operation of resources allocated, would be the additional
>infusion of financial resources earmarked for vulnerable, marginalized and
>under represented Peoples and Communities.
> We also advocate the development of community based banks, that are
>inclusive, transparent and democratically run.
>Sustainable Economic and self development of Peoples and Communities should
>be conducted as an integral part of local Agenda 21 processes.
>We therefore propose:
>A) That the United Nations recognizes that some vulnerable, marginalized and
>under represented peoples and communities can create and implement strategic
>plans that generate new resources and instruments for the eradication of
>poverty and the achievement of sustainable development. means.
>B) To promote community based sustainable economic and self development,
>UNCSD should convene a meeting to share experiences and identify good
>Participants should include multi lateral development banks and funds
>identified in section 4 of Agenda 21 and, pursuant to the mandate outlined
>to them in Agenda 21, representatives of vulnerable, marginalized and under
>represented people and communities and representatives of NGOs, who have
>conducted pilot projects and/or have expertise in the area.
>This should be done at an Intersessional between May 2000 and January 2001
>to enable the outcome of the meeting to feed into the Finance For
>C) That the CSD work with the World Bank and the UNDP to establish a
>community/regionally based investment fund to ensure that moneys are
>specifically raised and dedicated for the capitalization of sustainable and
>socially responsible local enterprises, activities and businesses.
>This Sustainable Economic Opportunity Program should include and
>specifically target the development and funding of programs in developing
>and low income countries and in economically disadvantaged areas.
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