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Tuesday, 26 January 2010 15:58

Annual Reports

Stakeholder Forum's annual reports provide a comprehensive summary of our key activities, achievements and strategy across the programme of work for the preceeding year. 

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Stakeholder Forum was supported by the UK Department for International Development to conduct a global stakeholder consultation on the 7th Millennium Development Goal (MDG7) for the High Level Event on the MDGs in September 2008.

Friday, 22 January 2010 14:30

Earth Summit 2012


Stakeholder Forum has played a critical role in advocating for an Earth Summit in 2012, which has now been approved by the UN General Assembly. Stakeholder Forum will continue to play a key co-ordinating role in the run-up to this crucial policy event.


Stakeholder Forum played a key role in facilitating civil society engagement in the run-up to the CPF and CHOGM in November 2009. Stakeholder Forum co-ordinated inputs from civil society, resulting in a civil society statement focussing on a number of key themes.

Friday, 22 January 2010 14:30

The Stakeholder Empowerment Project


Funded by the Ford Foundation, this eighteen month research project set out to review and identify a set of good practices and common terminology for engaging global stakeholders across the UN system.

Published in Stakeholder Engagement


The UN Office of Drugs and Crime commissioned Stakeholder Forum to conduct an independent evaluation of the extent to which NGO voices were represented at the ten year review of the UN GASS on Illicit Drugs.


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Stakeholder Forum conducted a post-meeting evaluation of the quality of civil society participation in  the UNGASS High Level Meeting on AIDS/HIV (2008) to generate a set of good practices, lessons learned and recommendations for future processes.

Published in Stakeholder Engagement
Friday, 15 January 2010 17:09


Frequently Asked Questions

What is meant by the term ‘sustainable development’?

There are a range of definitions of sustainable development, and how it is defined will in many cases depend on who you talk to. However, there is a general consensus that sustainable development entails the three pillars for development: economic, social and environmental.

The most commonly used and widely accepted definition of sustainable development is from the Brundtland Report, Our Common Future, which was published in 1987 as the outcome report of the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED)chaired by Gro Harlem Brundtland:

"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”



Who and what is a ‘stakeholder’?

In its broadest sense, a stakeholder is any individual, organisation, sector or community who has a ‘stake’ in the outcome of a given decision or process.  In the context of international decision making processes, such as those at the UN level, the term stakeholder usually refers to a global constituency or group such as farmers, NGOs, trade unions and workers etc.  It is also important to note that contrary to the term ‘civil society’, which remains a very vague term in the context of international processes, the term stakeholder can help to define different constituencies within civil society.




What is meant by the term 'stakeholder engagement'?

Stakeholder engagement has become an often used but seldom defined phrase in the context of intergovernmental processes.  Indeed, in a number of contexts it has been used to refer to any relations with external stakeholder groups, which in the context of the UN system, usually means any constituency other than a Member State.  Stakeholder Forum defines the term to mean a series of activities that seek to inform, consult and ensure the participation of stakeholders.  An effective engagement strategy is usually one that defines a set of stakeholder groups, allows more than six months for stakeholders to prepare themselves, provides predictable spaces for stakeholders to formally contribute to the content of the meeting or the working groups, and involves a programme of activities and events to ensure a broad base of participation.  For more information please see the Stakeholder Empowerment Project.




Who are the Major Groups?

At the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 it was recognised that ‘one of the fundamental prerequisites for the achievement of sustainable development is broad public participation in decision-making’ Agenda 21.  As a result, a number of key stakeholder groups were recognised for achieving sustainable development namely; Business and Industry; Trade Unions; Indigenous Peoples; Children and Youth; Women; Farmers; Local Government; Non-governmental Organisations; Science and Technology community.  These stakeholder groups have become known as the Major Groups, and are officially recognised within the Commission on Sustainable Development, a two year policy cycle at the UN for developing and reviewing policies on sustainable development   In this context, each Major Group has a number of coordinators whose role it is to reach out to their global constituency, prepare them for the coming CSD cycle, and prepare position papers and inputs.  The Major Groups system has also been recognised by a number of other UN processes including UNEP and the UN Forum on Forests.




What are the UN policy processes related to sustainable development?

The main ongoing policy processes relating to sustainable development at a UN level are:

The Commission on Sustainable Development – responsible for enhancing progress towards and reviewing action taken in relation to the commitments outlined in Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (see below)

The Commission on Social Development – this Commission under the UN seeks to focus on primarily social issues that are critical for achieving sustainable development on a global level

The Millennium Development Goals – the MDGs focus more heavily on more traditional development issues – including poverty, hunger, infant mortality etc. However, the 7th MDG commits countries to ‘ensuring environmental sustainability’, and within that includes a target on biodiversity and management of natural resources. There are ad hoc reviews of progress towards them MDGs, and there will be a Millennium Summit  in 2010

Earth Summit 2012 – this will take place in Rio de Janeiro in 2012, twenty years on from the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, and ten years on from the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002. Focus areas include the Green Economy, Global Environmental Governance. Stakeholder Forum is conducting stakeholder engagement and outreach for the Summit. For more information please visit




What have been the main developments in sustainable development at the international level?

There have been a series of milestones in sustainable development at the international level. The following are widely considered to be the most significant developments:

1987: The Brundtland Commission, formally known as the World Commission on Environment and Development, publishes ‘Our Common Future’ and identifies the actions required to achieve sustainable development.

1992: World Conference on Environment and Development, aka Rio Earth Summit – Agenda 21 - the outcome document of the Summit -  outlines the policy changes needed and the means of implementation and finance to deliver sustainable development for the 21st century. This also resulted in three important Conventions – the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

2000: Millennium Summit – this conference resulted in the now famous Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with the aim of enhancing progress towards major development objectives. There are eight MDGs, and the 7th Goal (MDG7), commits countries to ‘ensuring environmental sustainability’.

2002: The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD): This conference was conceived to enhance global political momentum towards achieving the commitments outlined in Agenda 21 ten years beforehand. It also sought to identify commitments in relation to emerging issues. The outcome document, the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI) is characterised by its focus on ‘Partnerships’ for delivering sustainable development objectives, as opposed to legally binding commitments or Treaties. These partnerships became known as ‘Type II Partnerships.

2002 – 2012: The Commission on Sustainable Development - responsible for enhancing progress towards and reviewing action taken in relation to the commitments outlined in Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.

Earth Summit 2012 – this will take place in Rio de Janerio in 2012, twenty years on from the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, and ten years on from the World Summit on Sustianabel Development in 2002. Focus areas include the Green Economy, Global Environmental Governance. Stakeholder Forum is conducting stakeholder engagement and outreach for the Summit. For more information please visit



Does Stakeholder Forum have an agenda?

Stakeholder Forum’s agenda is to advance progress towards internationally agreed commitments on sustainable development. It believes that open, informed and transparent decision-making at a global level is critical in achieving this goal, which is why it focuses on stakeholder engagement. Rather than advancing any one particular stakeholder position, it seeks to identify areas of consensus as well as priority issues identified by a range of stakeholders. It does not advance positions or opinions for which there is little consensus, or where they flagrantly contradict the principles of achieving sustainable development.



What is Stakeholder Forum's internal green policy?

To view Stakeholder Forum's Green Policy click here




How is Stakeholder Forum funded?

Stakeholder Forum is funded by a combination of Foundations, charitable trusts, governments and UN agencies. Stakeholder Forum only takes money from organisations and institutions who can demonstrate a commitment to advancing progress towards the achievement of sustainable development.



Published in About Us
Friday, 15 January 2010 16:48

Our Governance

Board of Directors

The Stakeholder Forum Board of Directors consists of seven non-executives directors and the Executive Director.

The Board defines the vision, values and strategic goals for the organisation. It supports the staff in pursuing these goals and ensuring the ongoing financial security of the organisation.  Please click here to see our current Board of Directors and to find out more.


International Advisory Board

Our International Advisory Board exists to inform and advise Stakeholder Forum on how to support stakeholders and sectors around major intergovernmental process.  It also provides guidance on Stakeholder Forum’s books and publications and makes suggestions for members for project advisory boards.  Membership of the IAB consists of representatives from a range of sectors, constituencies and organisations working in the sustainable development arena at the national and international level.  Please click here for a list of our IAB members and records of recent meetings.



UK Policy Advisory Panel

The UK Policy Advisory Panel (UK PAP) advises Stakeholder Forum on work at the UK level. In particular, it assists in stakeholder engagement, advises SF on the content and balance of its current and future work programmes and to the forthcoming international agendas and opportunities for engagement on these issues. As Stakeholder Forum's operations in other parts of the world expand, it is likely that other national or regional policy advisory panels will be established in the future.

Membership of the UK PAP consists of representatives from leading UK stakeholder groups as well as eminent individuals who are concerned with the promotion of sustainable development at the international level. Membership is gained by the invitation of the SF Board, though it is possible that this will evolve over time into a system of nomination or election by the major stakeholder groups. The UK PAP will normally meet twice a year. To see the PAP members, just click here.



Published in About Us
Friday, 15 January 2010 11:41

Board of Directors

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Andrew Binns - Chair of the Board

Andy is the Co-Founder and Managing Principal of Change Logic, a global firm that focuses on the link between a company’s strategic aspirations – what it wants to do – and its approach to strategic execution – how it gets done.  He has 20 years of experience working as both an external and internal consultant.  Andy’s consulting experience was with McKinsey & Co. as a specialist in organization change and communications, working with clients in IT, Finance and Manufacturing sectors. At the IBM Corporation, Andy was an organisation coach and consultant, working with senior business leaders to improve the performance of their organizations. He was given an award by IBM’s Vice-Chairman for his work with IBM’s global ‘emerging business opportunities’ and worked closely with Professor Tushman and Professor O’Reilly on the Strategic Leadership Forum.


Derek Osborn - President of the Board

Derek served 30 years in the Civil Service, the latter 6 years as Director General for Environmental Protection with the Department of the Environment until his retirement in 1996. He represented the United Kingdom and was Chair of the Management Board of the European Environment Agency (1995-1999). He was on the Board of the Environment Agency for England and Wales (1996-98), having been involved with its planning and creation. He has been a non-executive director of Severn Trent PLC, and chair of Jupiter Global Green Investment Trust. He is involved with several environmental organisations including the Institute of International Environmental Development (IIED) where he is vice chair.  He is also a Trustee of the Green Alliance.


Emmanuel Lebaut

Emmanuel is a Transformation Director at BT Group, one of the world’s leading communication services firms. Since he joined BT in 2005, Emmanuel has played a key role in the transformation of BT into a global, customer-focused provider of converged IT and telecommunications services. He led the creation of a new, 13,000-people strong operations unit, and engaged stakeholders at all levels of the organisation to drive the design and implementation of a common operating model. Previously Emmanuel spent seven years as a consultant, progressively specialising in change management and transformation. Emmanuel’s international consulting experience extends to both the private and public sector, notably BNP Paribas, and more latterly, the World Bank where he developed a change management strategy for the Bank’s ICT division. He has also worked extensively in Africa, Eastern and Western Europe as an international consultant for BNP Paribas.



Mehjabeen Price

Mehjabeen is currently the Director of Finance and Operations at South West Screen.  She started her career at First Women Bank in Pakistan in 1995.  During her time there she was awarded a scholarship from the Bank of England to complete an MBA at the University of Exeter in 1999.  Before joining South West Screen, Mehjabeen was a staff member at Stakeholder Forum responsible for the organisations finance and operations as well as its national policy and programme activities on environmental issues.  She was also the Deputy Director of the UN Association UK.

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Felix Dodds

Felix has played a critical role in promoting multi-stakeholder dialogue at the UN. From 1997 to 2001 he chaired the NGO Coalition on Sustainable Development at the UN. He facilitated the setting up of the international NGO Coalition for the UN Commission on Sustainable Development and the UN Habitat II Conference. He has been an advisor to the UK and Danish Governments and the European Commission at a number of UN meetings. He has published seven books, the latest edited with Andrew Higham and Richard Sherman is called Climate Change and Energy Insecurity, the previous one with Tim Pipard Human and Environmental Security brought out for the World Summit 2005 and was nominated as best environmental book of 2005. Felix has become a regular contributor to the BBC Green Room and other media outlets.



Vijay Krishnarayan

Vijay Krishnarayan is Deputy Director of the Commonwealth Foundation (LINK TO). It was during his initial work in land-use planning that he developed his interest in development and the environment. Vijay now has over 25 years experience working in civil society and also supporting the role of civil society across the globe. He has worked with the National Council for Voluntary Organisation in the UK and with the Caribbean Natural Resources Institute where he was managing director. Vijay has published the book "So You Want to Start an Environmental Network? A Practical Guide to Setting up and Running an Environmental Network". He is a member of the Board of the Community Development Journal. Vijay has a keen interest in a range of sport and holds a season ticket to Arsenal he is also an avid cricket fan.


Craig Bennet

Craig is a Deputy Director at the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL), and, in this role, is also the Co-Director of the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change (CLG).  In 2007 he led the CLG’s work on the Bali Communique which brought together 150 of the world’s largest companies in support of a comprehensive, legally binding UN framework to tackle climate change.  Prior to joining CPSL, Craig was the Head of the Corporates, Trade and Globalisation Campaign at Friends of the Earth. He also sat on the Executive Committee of Friends of the Earth International, the Steering Group of the Corporate Responsibility (CORE) Coalition and was a Board Member of the Trade Justice Movement (TJM).

Rosie Bilton - Company Secretary


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Governance for Global Sustainability

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A Partnership of the Earth System Governance Project and Stakeholder Forum

To strengthen understanding of transformative governance for sustainability through integrating scientific research and multi-stakeholder advocacy.


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The SDGs: Connecting Health and the Environment
The analysis concentrated on those environment and health related SDG targets that have close connections to each other so as to show the most important links between the two themes.