Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future

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Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future

Stakeholder Forum is an international organisation working to advance sustainable development and promote democracy at a global level. Its work aims to enhance open, accountable and participatory international decision-making on sustainable development through enhancing the involvement of stakeholders in intergovernmental processes.

The organisation seeks to provide a bridge between those who have a stake in sustainable development, and the international forums where decisions are made in their name. It works with a diversity of stakeholders globally on international policy development and advocacy; stakeholder engagement and consultation; media and communications and capacity building – all with the ultimate objective of promoting progressive outcomes on sustainable development through an open and participatory approach.


Stakeholder Forum was initially set up in 1987, as the first National Committee for the United Nations Environment Programme and was called the United Nations Environment Programme-UK (UNEP-UK). It was hosted by International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) from 1987 to 1992. In 1993 after the Rio Earth Summit it reformed as a multi-stakeholder body to reflect the Major Group concept in Agenda 21 It renamed itself the United Nations Environment and Development–UK Committee and was housed in the United Nations Association UK office in London. It acted as the National Committee for UNEP in the UK and the first Northern Focal Point for UNDP from 1993 to 2000. In 2000 it became an international multi-stakeholder organization called Stakeholder Forum for Our Common Future.

In October 2004 Stakeholder Forum became, after seventeen years, a free-standing organisation in its own right. It took the opportunity to rename itself, feeling that Stakeholder Forum for a Common Future looked back to the Brundtland Report in 1987, while Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future looked forward.

Activities and achievements[edit]

The UN and governments have increasingly used Stakeholder Forum to facilitate stakeholder engagement in international meetings and processes. These have included:

  • The Post-2015 Development Agenda (2013 to date)
  • The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20 (2012)
  • The Bonn Nexus Conference (2011)
  • climate and water in the UNFCCC process (2008 to date)
  • the UN Annual Ministerial Review (2008)
  • the UN Heads of State Round Table on Environmental Sustainability (2008)
  • Facilitating stakeholder consultation for the Informal UN General Assembly Session on International Environmental Governance (2007)
  • the UK media launch of UNEP Global Environmental Outlook 2 (1999) GEO3 (2002) GEO4 (2007)
  • Setting up with SIWI a Global Public Policy Network on Water Management (2007)
  • the sustainable development Consultation with the UN High Level Panel on System Wide Coherence (2006)
  • the UNEP GPA IGR-2 on Land based pollution to the marine environment (2006).
  • Coordinated the stakeholder dialogues for the Bonn Renewable Energy Conference (2004)
  • Preparing global stakeholders for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) (2002)
  • Organising the Implementation Conference for the WSSD, launching 23 Type Two (2002)
  • Setting up the Global Network (NRG4SD) for Regional Government for Sustainable Development (2002)
  • Coordinating the stakeholder dialogues for the Bonn International Freshwater Conference (2001)
  • Coordinating the stakeholder dialogues for the Bergen Adhoc Environment Ministers Meeting (2000)

Stakeholder Forum has been used by the UK Government to gauge UK stakeholder views for intergovernmental meetings. It has facilitated UK stakeholder input to the following events:

Since 1996 Stakeholder Forum has published a daily newsletter 'Outreach' at key sustainable development meetings. It has also run numerous training workshops based on the book 'How to Lobby at Intergovernmental Meetings - Mine is a Cafe Latte'. In 2009 it started a partnership with the BBC World Service Trust and UN Radio to produce radio programmes during the UN Commission on Sustainable Development meeting.


Stakeholder Forum is overseen by a UK Board of Directors and advised for its work in the UK by a UK multi-stakeholder policy advisory panel and internationally by its international advisory group.


Derek Osborn, who was the co-chair of the preparatory process for Rio+5.

International Advisory Board[edit]

Chairs of International Advisory Board have been:

  • 2009 to date: Derek Osborn
  • 2002-2008: David Hales (former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State USAID [1993-2000])
  • 2002: Hon Gwen Mahlangu MP (Speaker in the South African Parliament),
  • 2000-2002: Derek Osborn and Hesphina Rukato (now Deputy Chief Executive NEPAD).

Present members include:

Education: Earth Charter, Education Caucus.

Former Members include: Centre for Science and Environment, Friends of the Earth Scotland, Habitat II Youth Caucus, Globe Internation, ECO-Accord.

Board of Directors[edit]

Chairs: Craig Bennett (2013 to date) Philip Dobie (2010 to 2013) Andrew Binns (2008 to 2010) Derek Osborn (1996–2008) Jonathon Porritt (1993–1996) Sir Peter Harrap (1987–1993)

Present Board of directors includes: Craig Bennett, Philip Dobie Craig Jones, Derek Osborn, Mehjabeen Price, Charles Nouhan, Philippa Drew and Emmanuel Lebaut.[2]

Former Board Members (2004-2012): Andy Wales, David Fitzpatrick, Alex Kirby, Malcolm Harper, Jonathan Hodrien,Jim Scott, Vijay Krishnarayan, Andrew Binns. Former Board Members (1993-2004): Action Aid, BP, Christian Aid, Education Caucus, Friends of Earth, Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development, IIED, Local Government Association, Local Government Management Board, Local Government International Bureau, National Farmers Union, National Westminster Bank, New Economics Foundation, Oxfam, Peace Child International, Shell, Severn Trent, Skanska, Television Trust for the Environment, Town and Country Planning Association, Tearfund, Trade Union Congress, United Nations Association, Wales, WaterAid, Woodcraft Folk, Womens Environmental Network, Women's Institute

Executive Directors[edit]

Farooq Ullah (2012 to date) Felix Dodds (1993 to 2012) Koy Thompson (1989–1992) David Cooper (1987–1989)

Further reading[edit]


Recent Reports[edit]

Fulfilling the Rio+20 Promises - Reviewing Progress since the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (2013); Post-2015 Development Agenda: Realising the convergence of the Post-MDG and SDG decision-making processes (2013); Analysis of the UNDESA Survey on the Sustainable Development Goals (2013); Sustainable Development Goals: building the foundations for an inclusive process (2012); Review of implementation of Agenda 21 and the Rio Principles (2012); Analysis of Zero Draft Submissions for the Rio+20 Earth Summit (2011).[4]

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See also[edit]


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