Our mission is to encourage and promote creative
dialogue, partnerships, and integrative action strategies among organizations
and networks working to build sustainable communities and societies.
Achieving SCP after Rio
June 19, 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Following the GRF conference, ISF and GRF partners organized a Rio+20 side event at the Barra Arena Center
exploring two questions:
- What progress can we expect towards this objective of achieving SCP in the next decade following the Rio+20 conference?
- What plans are in place or proposed for research, knowledge-exchange, practice, capacity-building and collaboration among educators, policymakers, journalists, business and public interest organizations?
This event included presentations and interactive discussions on plans for the 10YFP, how the ideas agreed at CSD19 might be implemented in the coming years. More.
Global Research Forum launches in Rio
June 13-15, 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After two years of discussions and plans, the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption (GRF-SPC) officially launched with a three day international conference ("Global and Regional Research on Sustainable Production and Consumption: Achievements, Challenges and Dialogues,") establishing a new inter-regional network of sustainability researchers and practitioners.
Although originally proposed to be part of the UN"s 10 Year Framework on SCP, GRF was launched as an independent collaboration among research groups from multiple countries and regions to share and promote knowledge on this essential topic.
Citizens Summit on Sustainable Development
March 24-25, 2012, New Haven, CT. In the absence of an official regional preparatory event for the upcoming UN "Rio+20" conference, six groups came together (including the Citizens Network for Sustainable Development) to organize this two day "citizens summit" event, "Rio and Beyond: The Future We Need," held and hosted by the Yale School of Forestry and Environment.
The conference involved different citizen, government and business groups from around the country to discuss the future of sustainable development in North America and the world.
SCORAI workshop on "Confronting Consumerism"
March 9-11, 2012, Vancouver, BC. Held at the University of British Columbia, "Challenging Consumerism: Toward Living Well Sustainably" was the third annual workshop on sustainable consumption organized by SCORAI network. The event linked researchers and practitioners seeking three objectives:
- To deepen the knowledge base of how systemic changes toward a more sustainable society can take place;
- To assemble the empirical findings from local practices in sustainable well-being that are being demonstrated in localities across North America and internationally;
- To examine the above findings through the lenses of critical theory, policy making, business strategy, technology assessment, sustainability education, and others, with an eye toward identifying those that have potential for mainstreaming and promoting systemic change.
ISF serves on the Executive Committee and helped organize this exciting event as well as give a paper and presentation on "Connecting communities of practice in the movement towards sustainable production and consumption."
ISF and CitNet help organize North American regional consultation at the UN on March 8
March 3, 2011, New York. ISF, CitNet, NRDC the
Baha'is of the U.S. and Canadian organizations WE CANADA and One Earth
Initiative Society have organized a North American regional consultation
to take place at the UN on March 8 at 1:15 pm. A successful outcome
at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development 2012 will
depend in large part on the contributions of civil society groups around
the world. This side event during the UN PrepCom in New York aims to
find new and creative ways to collaborate towards successful outcomes;
see the attached flyer and the report on the meeting.
ISF goes to Nairobi to promote inter-regional civil society
February 19-24, 2011, Nairobi, Kenya. As the elected North American regional civil society representative, Jeffrey traveled to the UN Environment Programme's international headquarters. There he participated in the Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (formerly the Global Civil Society Forum), followed by the Global Ministerial Enviornmental Forum -- a gathering of the world's environment ministers.
Drawing on the previous year's experience, Jeffrey and Vanessa Timmer (OneEarth Institute) focused on ways to improve the process and contributions of regional civi society representatives, co-organized an inter-regional meeting of civl society and UNEP regional directors, identifying ways to improve inter-regional communications and collabortion, as well as building and strengthening the civil society community within each region.
ISF also co-organized two workshops, with OneEarth, Tellus Institute, and Gaiasoft: (1) Knowledge Networking for Sustainable Production and Consumption, and (2) Mapping the Movement to Sustainable Production, Consumption and the Green Economy.
In Canada, ISF talks SCP and green buildings
January 31-February 1, 2011, Montreal. Following participation in the two-day North American Regional Workshop on SCP and Green Buildings, where ISF and colleagues (i.e., Jeffrey Barber and Diane Dillon-Ridgley) discussed SCP, green buildings and linkages with the Marrakech Process and 10YFP as well as options for moving towards a North American SCP framework.
ISF co-organizes Green Economy Workshop
February 2, 2011, Montreal. Following the SCP and green buildings workshop, ISF and other members of the North American Roundtable on Sustainable Production & Consumption (NARSPAC) co-organized a half-day multi-stakeholder workshop, "Mapping Transformative Change: From Green Economy to Sustainable Economy." ISF gave the introductory presentation "A Dialogue on the Green Economy." The workshop involved members of US and Canadian government, business and civil society groups. This is the first of what we hope will be a series of NARSPAC workshops/dialogues in collaboration on SPAC and the "green economy."Workshop report.
ISF goes to Panama to promote the 10YFP
January 14, 2011, Panama City. ISF joined with a small number of other civil society groups among the large number of government and UN representatives for the two-day UN Intersessional Meeting on Sustainable Consumption and Production.
You can read the Chair's Summary of the meeting, although the emphasis in this account is primarily from the governmental/UN agency perspective. ISF continues to work towards building the community of civil society groups working on this issue, particularly in the international policy arena. This is a critical year for this work, with the upcoming 19th Session of CSD scheduled to make the decision on whether the 10 Year Framework of Programs will finally fly or flounder.
ISF ED re-elected North American Civil Society representative
November 5, 2010, Washington, DC. On this day
the UN Enviornment Program's North American Regional Office (RONA) held
its annual North American Civil Society Forum, inviting a wide range
of stakeholders to come to Washington and discuss the themes of "green
economy," "sustainable consumption and production," "international
environmental governance," and "Rio+20." ISF Executive
Director Jeffrey Barber reported back, with Maria Ivanova, on the previous
year's experience as the two elected representatives for the region
to attend UNEP's Governing Council Meeting, Global Ministerial Environmental
Forum -- and what has been called the Global Civil Society Forum --
in Bali, Indonesia. Jeffrey and Maria also gave keynote presentations
(Maria on environmental governance and Jeffrey on production, consumption
and the green economy.
After a full day of discussions, resulting in a rough
draft statement of regional recommendations and priority points, the
group held their election of the new representatives. Vanessa Timmer,
of One Earth Initiative Society, replaced Maria. Jeffrey was re-elected
for a second term. The two will now go on to Nairobi in February to
bring North American priorities to the next global gathering.
Retreat to strategize for North American Roundtable on SPC
August 19-20, 2010, Boston. Following up from the spring UN Partnership launch of the North American Roundtable on SPC, the four partner networks met in Boston for a strategic retreat on how to move forward on the aim of promoting dialogue on SCP in the region.
Among the planned activities include a series of workshops on SCP and the green economy and a workshop exploring alternatives to the traditional work week.
Waiting for Delivery published
May 4, 2010, New York. As a contribution to the
Commission on Sustainable Development's 18th Session, ISF published
and presented the report Still Waiting for Delivery: A Review of
Progress and Programs in the 10 Year Framework. The report provides
a chronological overview of the various meetings, discourses and efforts
since 1970 to address the problem of unsustainable production and consumption
PDF of report).
The report was presented as part of the 3-hour UN Partnership
Fair event "A Review of Progress and Possible Programs for the
10 Year Framework on Sustainable Production and Consumption."
Environment ministers call for a "green economy"
February 26, 2010, Bali, Indonesia. In the Nusa Dua Declaration, described as the "first landmark Declaration issued by ministers of environment in a decade," governments stressed the urgent need to combat climate change and to move toward a low-carbon, energy-efficient Green Economy." The Nusa Dua Declaration was the product of the three day Global Ministerial Environmental Forum (GMEF).
ISF was at this meeting, as one of two North American civil society representatives elected last month in Washington, DC. Jeffrey and Maria Ivanova were here earlier in the week to attend the 11th Global Major Groups and Stakeholders Forum (Feb. 20-22). One of the key messages delivered to the GMEF was the need to establish mechanisms for greater major group participation in UNEP's various decision-making processes.
Climate sustainability in Copenhagen
December 3-6, 2009, Copenhagen. In the week before the high profile COP-15 talks on climate change began, ISF traveled to Copenhagen as part of the new Climate Sustainability Platform, founded by Uchita de Zoysa. The Platform included a range of both activist and academic experts covering a range of issues, each pertaining to the various dimensions of climate change, coming from China, India, Indonesia, the Maldives and other Asia Pacific countries, Africa, Latin America, Europe and North America. The three days of activities were part of the Copenhagen Climate Exchange. ISF presented on theproduction/consumption roots of climate change, "The Journey from Rio to Copenhagen" and "Connecting Communities of Practice on Sustainable Production & Consumption."
Later that week (Dec. 8) at the Klima Forum Uchita organized a three-hour panel discussion on the evolution of "a global framework on sustainable consumption and production" and its role in a climate change agenda. The panel included Uchita and myself, Victoria Thoresen, Bas de Leeuw, Felix Dodds, and Indrani Thuraisingham. ISF's presentation was "Still Waiting for Delivery: Looking Backward and Forward on the 10-Year Challenge to Change Production and Consumption."
Some other views on the events at Copehagen are on the Citizens Network blog.
To Geneva: A message from North America
November 30, 2009. Palais des Nations, Geneva. Our colleage Emmanuel Prinet, from OneEarth Initiative, flew to Switzerland as our sole representative of North American civil society to deliver a message to the mostly European gathering of NGOs and government delegates attending the preparatory meeting on sustainable consumption and production for the 4th Regional Implementation Meeting on Sustainable Development.
The message was a short collective statement from the Citizens Network for Sustainable Development (CitNet), the Canadian Environmental Network (CEN), the North American Alliance for Sustainable Consumption (NASCA), and the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) -- highlighting the need for leadership and our commitment to working together to raise the dialogue and awareness of sustainable production and consumption within the US and Canada.
Citizen consultations on CSD-18
November 12, 2009. Washington, DC. In preparation for the new two-year cycle of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), ISF again worked with members of the Citizens Network for Sustainable Development, the State Department, and UN Division for Environment and Social Affairs to organize the first citizen consultation to discuss plans for the 18th session. This next CSD will focus on five topics: mining, waste, transportation, chemicals, and the 10 Year Framework of Programs on Sustainable Consumption and Production. As with previous years, CitNet will come to New York with a delegation of US NGOs working in and bringing civil society perspectives on these topics. The the meeting was held at the office of the Center for International Environmental Law.
Sustainable consumption scholars network
October 15-17, 2009. The Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) is a new network of consumption researchers and educators which brought together from all parts of the US and Canada in a three-day conference in Worchester, Massachusetts, with papers and presentations by some of the top scholars in the field. ISF also participated in the conference, with Jeffrey and Jack Luskin (UMass, Lowell) giving a paper and presentation on "Connecting Communities of Practice on Sustainable Production and Consumption."
New CitNet website launched
June 11, 2009. After months of discussions with members and designers, decisions about form and function, as well as all the work programming, developing graphics, and inputting new and archival content, in conjunction with website developer Grand Junction Designthe new CitNet site is now online. You can see it at www.citnet.org.
In addition to the new banner and look, you will find the new interactive Content Management System (CMS) using an open-source format (Drupal). The new format allows more two-way interaction, where viewers can leave comments and engage in dialogue, which we could not do on the old website.
Global food crisis and CSD-17
May 4-15, 2009. United Nations, New York. One of the top stories of 2009 is the global food crisis.
Rising food prices for corn, wheat and other staples around the world has resulted in riots and despair. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) called it a "silent tsunami."
The prices rises are due, according to USAID, to increased demand for food, oil, energy in emerging economies such as China and India, lower crop yields from weather changes, and higher corn prices from the booming biofuels market.
Once again this year ISF, acting for the Citizens Network for Sustainable Development, helped register a delegation of about 100 US NGOs to attend the 17th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development. ISF also co-organized with Energia, a workshop on "Defining and Practicing Sustainable Production and Consumption in Food and Agriculture."
The story of the global food crisis floated like a cloud over the session, which was devoted to sustainable agriculture, drought and desertification, land, rural development and Africa. Given the upcoming Global Food Summit and other fora, the question stands as to the specific contribution of the CSD to these other processes and strategies.
National Sustainability Strategy among Top Ten at change.org
January 16, 2009, Washington, DC. After an extremely close vote, the idea of a National Sustainability Strategy was chosen last week to be among the top ten (out of 7,500) on the Change.org list of ideas for the new Obama administration. These were celebrated at the National Press Club today as Ben Rattray of Change.org welcomed participants and invited discussion of how the new media technology can promote greater public participation and citizenship through "open sourced democracy." Speakers included Macon Philipps (Director of New Media for the Presidential Tranisition Team), Chris Hughes (Director of Online Organizing, Barack Obama's Presidential Campaign), Lee Brenner (Political Director of MySpace) and Joe Trippi (Manager of Howard Dean's Presidential Campaign and author of The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.)
From the voting, over 9,600 people weighed in supporting the National Sustainability Strategy. In the coming weeks CitNet will work with Change.org to identify ways to apply new media methods to promoting the National Sustainability Strategy and to mobilizing those 10,000 voters in a new campaign strategy to build further support within the new administration, Congress and the country.
at Change.org by Jan 15 for a National Strategy for Sustainability!
Change.org will send
to the Obama administration and the new incoming Congress a set of ten
recommended initiatives. Voters will determine the initiatives. Please
for the National
Strategy for Sustainability! CitNet member Rob Wheeler submitted this
initiative . This proposal received the most support in the Environmental
Conservation category in the earlier Change.org round of competition.
On Friday, January 16, Change.org will announce the winning proposals
at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
by January 15 !
Developing a regional approach to sustainable production and consumption in North America
November 6-7, 2008, Washington, DC. In conjunction with members of the North American Sustainable Consumption Alliance (NASCA), ISF's director Jeffrey Barber helped write and present one of the three background papers for the long-awaited North American Workshop on Sustainable Consumption and Production, which took place at George Washington University two days after the presidential election. ISF Board member Dianne Dillon-Ridgley also spoke on one of the workshop panels. The background paper, "Producing and consuming sustainably in North America: A regional overview of initiatives and strategies promoting sustainable consumption and production" is available to download from the NASCA site, as is the slide presentation.
ISF and CitNet launch Citizens Guide to Sustainable Energy for
Community Summits on Climate Change
October 11, 2008. In conjunction with the Earth Charter's Community Summits on Climate Change taking place this Saturday, ISF and the Citizens Network for Sustainable Development encourages concerned citizens to endorse and move forward on the Citizens 5-Step Action Plan on Energy and Climate.
Also, as a tool to help put the 5-Step Plan into action, ISF and the Citizens Network launched version 1.0 of the Citizens Guide to Sustainable Energy, a website resource to help concerned citizens become more informed and engaged in the challenge of understanding and moving the country towards sustainable energy.
Biofuels, Food Security and Rural Development: ISF speaks at UN
May 9, 2008. United Nations, New York. At the 16th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, ISF with the Citizens Network for Sustainable Development and Energia hosted a panel on "Biofuels, Food Security and Rural Development." The panel included speakers from the US and Africa looking at both the threats to food security posed by ethanol and big industry marketing of biofuels in constrast to local and small-scale, community-based biofuel production by women entrepreneurs.
ISF writes about North America in new book on green consumerism
March 2008. The new book Green Consumerism: Approaches and Country Experiences (2008) , published by Icfai Books, features ISF through our article "Sustainable Consumption and Green Consumerism in North America." The article presents a brief glimpse of post-war consumerism in the region, and the evolving movement within civil society, business and government to address the impacts. The book contains articles from around the world, looking especially at the link between personal lifestyle and national and international policy. More.
Follow-up launch of Marrakech NGO Forum blog
Feb. 29, 2008. To provide a complementary vehicle to discuss and invite comments about the Marrakech Process, ISF and OneEarth members designed and launched the Marrakech NGO Forum blog. In contrast to the NGO Forum website, the blog will allow for a more open exchange of opinions and ideas about the process.
ISF helps Marrakech NGO Forum launch new website
Jan 25, 2008. As one of the participating members of the Marrakech NGO Forum, launched last June in Stockholm, ISF has designed and will manage the website for the NGO Forum. This will be one of the tools to nform and organize input from citizen and public interest organizations who want to influence the UN and governmental pollicy priorities and commitments on SPAC.
Updating North American database of SPAC initiatives
Jan 18, 2008. Along with the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention, ISF completed updating the North American Sustainable Consumption and Production Database. After four years, when the original survey took place, the team the team called sustainability advocates and practitioners throughout Canada, the US and Mexico organizations to find out what projects are still going strong and what has changed. The update was conducted for the North American Sustainable Consumption Alliance (NASCA) with support from the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC). The database provides the public and decision makers with important examples of practical solutions to the major challenges facing the new century.
Towards a Pan-European framework on SPAC
Oct 10-12, 2007, Belgrade, Serbia. At the 6th
Ministerial Enviornment for Europe conference ("Building Bridges
to the Future,") ISF once again chaired ECO
Forum's SPAC Issue Group. In addition to continuing to build the
network of mostly western and eastern european NGOs working on SPAC,
our major campaign was to lobby for support for a Pan-European Framework
to support SPAC efforts in the region ("Make SPAC a fact.")
ISF participated as one of the three NGOs in the Working Group of Senior
Officials (WGSO) which over time has developed the Ministerial Declaration,
the key statement of priorities and commitments from the conference.
While not successful in getting a ECE commitment to a Pan-European framework,
despite support from several countries, we did manage to get support
for a "Pan-European initiative" that would contribute to the
Marrakech Process. More.
Conserving Biodiversity through SPAC
Oct 9, 2007, Belgrade, Serbia. In partnership with CEEWEB
and ECO Forum, ISF co-organized this one-day
Pan-European conference exploring the linkages between bidoversity
and sustainable production and consumption patterns. Here we launched
our "Make SPAC a Fact" campaign, part of the lobbying effort
to get a Pan-European framework on SPAC adopted as one of the outcomes
of the Environment for Europe conference.
Strategic Priorities for North America
Oct 3-4, 2007, Montreal, Canada. ISF presented, with Jack
Luskin from the University of Massachusetts, "Strategic priorities
in promoting sustainable consumption in North America," in one
of the panels at the two-day conference "Pour
un cadre général d'action en faveur de la consommation durable,"
organized by the Fondation Claude Massey.
"Time for Action" - EU Action Plan on SCP
Sept. 26-29, 2007. Ljubljana, Slovenia. ISF participated as
one of the NGO experts in the "Time
for Action" conference, organized by the European Environment
Agency, the Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning of the
Republic of Slovenia and the UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Collaborating
Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP). Objectives
were to: 1) Formulate recommendations for the development and implementation
of the EU Action Plan on sustainable consumption and production (SCP);
2) Formulate recommendations for action towards SCP in European countries
and encourage collaboration and partnerships between public authorities,
business and civil society taking action; and 3) Discuss European inputs
and recommendations to the United Nations' Marrakech Process to develop
a 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production
for the period of 2012-2022. More.
3rd International Expert Meeting on production & consumption
June 26-29, 2007, Stockholm, Sweden. ISF gave the opening
presentation "A Short History Behind the 10-Year Framework"
at the NGO Forum held at the beginning of a three
day meeting of experts on sustainable production and consumption.
This meeting was the third in a series tasked with developing a "10-Year
Framework to support regional and national initatiives on sustainable
production and consumption," as mandated by the 2002 World Summit
on Sustainable Development, also known as the Marrakech
CSD meets on sustainable energy and climate
April 30-May 11, 2007. New York. The UN Commission on Sustainable
Development returned for the second phase of its discussion on energy,
air pollution, climate change and industrial development. ISF attended,
coordinating the CitNet delegation of over 125 citizen organizations.
One of the outcomes from this effort was a statement
from US NGOs calling for greater responsibility on sustainable energy.
In the follow-up to the meeting, we are gathering endorsements as part
of a campaign to encourage efforts for a national sustainable energy
ECO Forum NGO Strategy Meeting
March 1-3, 2007. Brussels, Belgium. At this NGO strategy meeting
to prepare for the UNECE Environment for Europe conference this October
in Belgrade, ISF chaired a 4-hour SPAC Issue Group meeting and co-chaired
another session to discuss a joint proposal for a one-day NGO conference
linking SPAC and biodiversity protection, on October 9, the day before
the UNECE Belgrade conference. One of the aims of the ECO Forum strategy
is to push for a Pan-European regional SPAC strategy.
Building Capacities in Central Eastern Europe
Feb. 27-28, 2007. Prague, Czech Republic. Participating in
the CEE Network's regional NGO conference "Reunion
2007: Building Capacities and Partnership on Sustainable Consumption,"
ISF gave an opening presenation on "Accelerating the Shift: 10-Year
Frameworks, the Marrakech Process and CEE Regional and National Initiatives."
This event, which continued into the weekend, opened at the Czech Environment
Ministry, where the region's first national SPAC strategy was created.
We are hoping that the Environment Minister will play a leading role
in partnership with the CEE Network in promoting national SPAC strategies
throughout this region, as well as in the Environment for Europe.
Linking Knowledge to Action at Chiang Mai conference
Jan. 23-27, 2007. Chiang Mai, Thailand. The purpose of this
dialogue event. "Linking Knowledge and Action for Sustainable Production
and Consumption Systems," was "to foster and increase collaborations
between scientists and practitioners to advance research and action
agendas pursuing sustainability of production and consumption systems."
ISF gave a presentation on "International Initiatives and Cooperation
Opportunities" and facilitated a 3-hour dialogue session on energy
goods and services. ISF also participated in the SPACES Working Group
sessions before and following the conference.
Appalachian Roundtable on Sustainable Energy and Livelihoods
16-17, 2006. Kentucky. ISF joined with CitNet regioners Steve Owen
and Jeff Boyer and the Appalachian
Coalition for Just and Sustainable Communities at the famous Highlander
Center for another of the citizen roundtables on sustainable energy
taking place around the country, part of CitNet's Campaign
for Leadership on Sustainability.
ISF talks SPAC in Ukraine
Sept 6-10, 2006. Kiev, Ukarine. ISF gave two presentations
on sustainable production and consumption at ANPED's
Annual General Meeting, as well as contributing to ANPED SPAC Working
Group strategy. Part of the strategy involves coordination with ECO
Forum and other groups in preparing a regional NGO statement on SPAC
at next year's Environment for Europe ministerial meeting.
CitNet Working Group sends UN recommendations on energy
Aug 18, 2006. ISF and other members of the CitNet Working
Group on Energy and Climate Change sent the UN CSD secretariat recommendations
for the UN policy paper on energy, climate and industrial development.
The UN paper will provide the basis for policy discussions on energy
at the upcoming CSD sessions in 2007.
Assessing energy and climate at the CSD
May 1-12, 2006, New York. Hosting a CitNet delegation of nearly
40 US NGOs, ISF participated at the 14th Session of the UN Commission
on Sustainable Development in New York. The CitNet delegation included
a strong showing by coal mining activists from Appalachia, telling their
story about mountaintop removal and other impacts of coal mining. ISF
also helped organize a side event on The
Sustainable Production and Consumption of Energy: Views from Civil Society,
including presentations from Russia, South Africa, Appalachia and from
Heat author, Don Brown.
CitNet roundtable promoting sustainable production and consumption
Dec 13 2005, Washington, DC. On behalf of the Citizens Network
for Sustainable Development and the North American Sustainable Consumption
Alliance, ISF organized a roundtable titled Leadership on Sustainability
in 2006: Promoting Sustainable Production and Consumption of Energy
as a part of the People Speak 2005 series. This event was held in Washington
DC on Dec 13 2005.
ISF in Bulgaria discussing transatlantic NGO alliance on SPAC
Sept. 8-13, 2005, Borovets, Bulgaria. ISF at ANPED
Annual General Meeting in Bulgaria, will discuss links between European
and North American NGOs on common SPAC strategy based on recent regional
statements. ISF also contributed to the background documents to the
AGM titled "Making
sense of Sustainable Consumption and Production".
ISF in Costa Rica promoting civil society participation on
5-8, 2005, San Jose, Costa Rica. ISF encouraged coordination and
collaboration of NGOs at the Second International Experts Meeting on
Sustainable Consumption and Production, organized by UNEP and UN DESA,
held in San Jose, Costa Rica. Veena Ramani represented ISF and SPAC
Watch at this intergovernmental meeting that focused on national and
regional SPAC policies and priorities.
ISF's report on the Costa Rica Meeting
Labor Day launch of North American statement on SPAC
Sept. 5, 2005, Washington, DC. Labor
Day press release: "Producing
and consuming in North America: Are we improving or undermining our
quality of life?" highlights the North American regional
statement on Sustainable Production and Consumption.
ISF Featured Partner by OneWorld
Jul. 2005. ISF has been profiled as the July
Featured Partner of One World
United States. Additionally, Jeffrey Barber, ISF's Executive Director
has written ISF's
viewpoint on climate change for the One World E-Newsletter Perspectives.
CitNet News Summer 2005 released
Jul. 2005. In its capacity as the Secretariat for the Citizen's
Network for Sustainable Development, ISF has released the Summer
2005 edition of the newsletter CitNet News. The newsletter
features editorials on values and sustainability, regional news from
across the country, national and global news, publications and sustainability
on North American Framework for SPAC
May 31-June 1, 2005, Washington, DC. This week, ISF and NASCA
host a regional multi-stakeholder workshop to discuss and report on
what is happening in North America to promote sustainable production
and consumption. One objective of the meeting is to develop a regional
framework to improve cooperation and effectiveness. Another function
of this meeting is to provide citizen input into the upcoming International
Experts Meeting on SPAC in Costa Rica this September.
SPAC at CSD-13
2005, New York. ISF
has published a short report about sustainable production and consumption
issues during the 13th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development.
The report is available here.
Getting the Goods (April 2005) released
Apr. 2005. ISF has released the latest edition of "Getting
the Goods" its newsletter on Sustainable Production and Consumption.
This edition contains articles on the developments in SPAC across the
Mar 2005.Last November, the Survival in Freedom Foundation
sadly closed its doors, looking back over 35 years of supporting those
working to make the world a better place. In addition to helping over
100 organizations and individuals working on population, peace, economic
justice and sustainability issues, SURFREE was responsible for pulling
together the groups, resources and vision which led to the creation
and evolution of ISF. To show our appreciation and help preserve our
memory of SURFREE, we've created a SURFREE
web page. For those of you who have been touched in some way by
SURFREE, we invite you to share a photo, a story, or quote you think
might be appropriate to add to the site.
ISF designs ANPED SPAC WG page
Mar 2005. ISF designed and
released the home page of the Sustainable Production and Consumption
Working Group (SPAC WG) of the Northern Alliance for Sustainability
(ANPED). ISF is an active member of the SPAC WG. The new website can
be accessed at http://spac.anped.org
ISF attends CSD IPM
2005. ISF attended the Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM)
to the 13th Session of the Commission on Sustainable development, held
in New York, between Feb. 28 and Mar. 4. The ISF report on sustainable
production and consumption at the IPM can be found here.