Center for Governance and Sustainability

at the University of Massachusetts Boston

Informal Conference Planning

pg. 41: In order to design effective enabling institutions aimed at accelerating and scaling industrial, investor and consumer action, the “Prepcom” process will need to engage relevant non-governmental actors more directly than is the usual practice. Since these building blocks would be aimed at leveraging the capacities of these actors, they should be co-designed with them, even if the formal decisions to create the resulting institutions and initiatives would still be taken by governments. In other words, the 2012 Rio+20 Summit would benefit from having an informal multi-stakeholder design process not unlike the Global Redesign Initiative itself.

 

Readers' Guide Comment on "the 2012 Rio+20 Summit would benefit from having an informal multi-stakeholder design process not unlike the Global Redesign Initiative itself”

WEF’s proposed environmental governance system involves a two step sequential process. Governments meet with multi-stakeholder bodies to develop the political commitments and related institutions that would be the final outcome of the Rio+20 process, and then they meet on their own to adopt the outcomes of these multi-stakeholder meetings. 

The Rio+20 example of WEF’s approach to a parallel multi-stakeholder governance structures is quite illuminating.  Three elements are significant: the omission of a system for selecting/electing the non-state Actors for the multi-stakeholder consultation; the process by which these non-state Actors and government representatives would make decisions; and the implication that governments would then adopt the outcome of the multi-stakeholder process as their formal decision as a matter of course.   

In other sections of Everyone’s Business, WEF also recommends similar, parallel governance arrangements at the FAO, WHO, and UNESCO.

Related Ideas: Three Special Mechanisms; rules, procedures and culture; United Nations in a private, non-state world; a public-private UN; a fix for the UN

The Readers' Guide welcomes comments with alternative examples or counter examples, supplemental assessments of the extracted GRI text or commentary – critical or otherwise – of the above interpretation of GRI’s perspective.
 

 

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