Intervention on Conference Room Paper: Concrete actions to address PCB decision points related to civil society
Delivered by Rani Ravudi, Asia and the Pacific NGO Delegate
The Delegation thanks the Secretariat for the Conference paper and appreciates its work in undertaking the initial monitoring of the implementation of the Decision Points (DPs) pertaining to civil society. While being cognizant of the scope and limitations of the assessment, we would like to register that there is a need to provide as much information that is available, in order to have a fair and clear picture of the results and impact of the DPs.
The report gives an overview of all that is being done related to the topics raised in the DPs, but it does not clearly show if the DPs themselves were specifically acted on, whether they addressed the issues they referred to, and what the outcomes were.As mentioned in the Scope of the Review, there are actions taken by either a Cosponsor or the Secretariat were not necessarily undertaken to address one specific DP related to civil society. This begs the question of attribution versus contribution in many cases.
The report shows that there seems to be no clear plan to address the implementation DPs in a structured way, especially those without clear timelines.
The NGO Delegation welcomes the offer made by the Secretariat in discussions last Saturday to develop a mechanism to measure progress against DPs relating to Civil Society as noted in paragraph 117 of the Report. We would make a strong recommendation that such consideration should be extended to all DPs and not limited to those relating to Civil Society. The mechanism should include an assessment or evaluation of whether or not or to what extent DPs have been implemented and where there needs to be more focused action, and lessons learned should be transformed into concrete recommendations.
The NGO Delegation sees this process as being one of good governance and good practice, and should be undertaken periodically rather than as a one off basis exercise. The delegation offers to work with the Secretariat where appropriate in developing such a mechanism.