"GREENING THE WORLD SUMMIT OF SUSTAINABLE
DEVELOPMENT": PARTNER PROFILES
Local and global players have formed partnerships to make
Greening the WSSD possible. Greening the WSSD is funded and
supported by the Gauteng Department of Agriculture, Conservation,
Environment and Land Affairs (DACEL); the Global Environment
Facility (GEF); the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
and the World Conservation Union (IUCN)..
The Gauteng Department of Agriculture,
Conservation, Environment and Land Affairs (DACEL)
The Department's mission is described as: "Working together
to enhance the quality of life". Among others, it aims to optimise
the contribution of sustainable agriculture towards the development
of all communities and the economy in the Gauteng -- and to
enhance food security, income generation, job creation and
the quality of life of the people of the province.
The Directorate of Conservation promotes the sustainable use
and conservation of biological diversity for the development
of all communities in Gauteng. The Directorate of Environment
promotes sustainable development and a good quality of life
for all by contributing to a healthy living environment.
The Department also has a number of other directorates that
work towards protecting the environment and improving the quality
of life of the people of Gauteng.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF)
The GEF facilitates international co-operation to address the
following threats to the global environment: biodiversity
loss, climate change, degradation of international waters,
land degradation and desertification, and the release of
persistent organic pollutants.
The GEF provides grants and concessional funds to developing
countries and economies in transition for projects designed
to mitigate these threats. The GEF has been designated as the
financial mechanism for three global environmental conventions:
the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Framework Convention
on Climate Change, and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent
Organic Pollutants. The GEF also supports implementation of
regional treaties to protect the integrity of international
waters and activities that address the problem of land degradation.
Launched in 1991 as an experimental facility, the GEF was restructured
after the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, to serve the environmental
interests of people all over the world. Since its inception,
the GEF has committed over US$ 4 billion to projects worldwide,
securing co-financing of more than US$ 9 billion. These initiatives
have played a seminal role in assisting countries and communities
to meet their sustainable development goals and strategies.
In South Africa, the government has prepared a medium term
strategy for its GEF supported activities, ensuring that these
activities advance the country's larger sustainable development
programmes, including poverty reduction and sustainable livelihoods.
The GEF is co-financing the Greening of the Johannesburg World
Summit, with a US$ 1 million grant, to complement funding from
the government of South Africa and UNDP.
United Nations Development Programme
As the UN's development agency, UNDP has a special mandate
from the UN General Assembly and global conventions to further
the UN's agenda for sustainable development. At the UN Millennium
Summit, held in New York in 2000, world leaders pledged to
cut poverty in half by 2015. UNDP is charged with helping to
achieve this and other key development goals, in the areas
of environment management and sustainable energy, democratic
governance, crisis prevention and recovery, information and
communications technology and HIV AIDS. UNDP provides policy
support, and supports pilot projects, demonstrating good policy
practice and innovative approaches to sustainable development
on-the-ground. With 135 offices covering 185 countries world
wide, UNDP has established wide-reaching partnerships with
governments, development agencies, academic institutions, the
private sector, civil society and key non-government organisations.
UNDP facilitates information flow and networking in order to
substantively link global, national and local development objectives,
strategies and activities, and plays a major role in developing
national capacities for sustainable development.
UNDP has an active Programme in South Africa that is working
with the government and numerous national institutions to translate
the country's policies and strategies for sustainable development
and political, social and economic transformation into reality.
UNDP is the GEF Implementing Agency for the Greening of the
Johannesburg World Summit Project, and is also contributing
funding to the initiative, complementing other resources.
The World Conservation Union (IUCN)
The World Conservation Union brings together States, government
agencies and a diverse range of non-governmental organizations
in a unique world partnership: over 980 members in all, spread
across some 140 countries. It's mission is to influence,
encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve
the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that
any use of natural resources
is equitable and ecologically sustainable.
The Union has helped many countries to prepare National Conservation
Strategies, and demonstrates the application of its knowledge
through the field projects that it supervises. Operations are
increasingly decentralized and are carried forward by an expanding
network of regional and country offices, located principally
in developing countries.
Message from the partners