At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro , the nations of the world committed themselves to the goal of sustainable development . This was spelled out which laid out goals across a range of resource, environment, and development issues. Civil society organizations (CSOs) played a vital role in the success of the Earth Summit, and continue to be key players in working towards environmental sustainability, for example in the development and implementation of the Millennium Development Goals and the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
UN Environment has recognized the importance of civil society in environmental sustainability and is actively working to ensure that civil society organisations are able to play a constructive role in the formulation and implementation of policy and programmes for sustainable development. Through a series of ministerial Declarations and Governing Council's Resolutions and the strategy paper, 'Enhancing Civil Society Engagement in the Work of the United Nations Environment Programme' (UNEP/GC.22/INF/13, presented to the Governing Council in February 2003), UN Environment has committed to strengthening the active engagement and participation of civil society in its work.
UN Environment , Africa Office is on the 'front line' in fostering programmatic engagement and conducting dialogue with civil society in Africa.
Accreditation with UN Environment:
We encourage civil society organisations to apply for accreditation with UN Environment. Accreditation will grant your organization consultative status at UN Environment within the rules of procedure of the UN Environment Assembly.
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Statements by African Civil Society: