International policy processes such as the Marrakech Process within the EU context

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International policy processes such as the Marrakech Process within the EU context

  1. 1. Welcome
  2. 2. Mr. Rajan Gandhi Society in Action Group Ms. Doreen Fedrigo European Environment Bureau Mr. Helio Mattar Instituto Akatu pelo Consumo Consciente, Brazil
  3. 3. Objectives of the workshop •  To discuss actions for better civil society engagement in the SCP policy processes at the international and European levels. •  How to use the existing mechanisms more effectively? •  What kind of new mechanisms are needed?
  4. 4. Marrakech Process
  5. 5. Marrakech Process
  6. 6. Engagement of civil society in international and European SCP policy processes SWOT •  SCP is marginalized to life-cycle management •  Recent civil society movements e.g. virtual networks •  SCP topic is very challenging to address systemically •  New generation civil society working on indicators •  At the European level, SCP is not interlinked to the list of beyond GDP, lifestyle change, transition initiatives, etc. other ‘important’ issues and kept in a silo •  Some indicator work is coming along (e.g. EEA SCP •  No specific targets and objectives indicators work) •  No involvement of civil society at the initial vision •  Forums at the sector level (e.g. European SCP Food creation stage Roundtable, UK roadmaps) •  No deep questioning of our value systems (strong belief •  Regional funding programmes and new instruments in technology and more efficiency, no healthy skepticism under-development of growthmania and consumerism) Opportunities Threats Strengths – civil society internal Weaknesses – civil society internal •  More interest in national process influence •  Lack of resources such as financing, knowledge, •  Short-term focus to achieve tangible and concrete results capabilities (such as understanding of consumer behaviour •  Focusing on constructing informal and often local social research among environmental NGOs) networks
  7. 7. Mr. Rajan Gandhi Society in Action Group Ms. Doreen Fedrigo European Environment Bureau Mr. Helio Mattar Instituto Akatu pelo Consumo Consciente, Brazil
  8. 8. World Café
  9. 9. World Café questions, format & objective 1.  What are currently the main obstacles and bottlenecks? 2.  How could we better use/leverage the existing mechanisms of engagement? 3.  What would be needed/desirable additionally? Two rounds of 17 mins in groups of 5-6 discussing the three questions at 6 tables to enhance the SWOT analysis and list actions to strengthen civil societies’ engagement.
  10. 10. World Café Table Topics 1.  Stronger regulatory framework 2.  Specific targets 3.  Challenge our value system 4.  Linking to ‘heavy weight’ issues 5.  Forums at sector level 6.  New funding framework
  11. 11. Engagement of civil society in international and European SCP policy processes WORKSHOP THEMES 1.  Stronger regulatory framework 2.  Specific targets 3.  Challenge our value system 4.  Linking to ‘heavy weight’ issues 5.  New funding framework
  12. 12. Welcome to join us for a cocktail! EESC, Jacques Delors building / Atrium 6 Take all your belongings with you, this building closes at 17.30.

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