International Program Caucus

CSD-19 Policy Concept Paper

The RCEN was invited by the Department of Foreign Affairs Canada to prepare a Policy Concept Paper in advance of the intergovernmental preparatory meeting for the 19th Commission for Sustainable Development cycle (CSD-19) in fall 2010.

RCEN-IP CSR Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue - March 3-4, 2010

The RCEN coordinated a two-day multi-stakeholder dialogue on Corporate Social Responsibility, hosted by the RCEN International Program in collaboration with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, the Mining Association of Canada, Suncor Energy Inc. and the International Development Research Centre.

This project delivered three key products: a discussion paper on CSR in the extractive sector from a Canadian ENGO perspective; a one-day multi-stakeholder policy dialogue; and a one-day RCEN International Program meeting on developing a Canadian ENGO approach to promote corporate social responsibility to support sustainable livelihoods.

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises Review - Call for Stakeholder Input

The RCEN International Program mandated one of its members, Clara Whyte of the environmental NGO Gaia Vision, to respond - from an international environmental non-governmental perspective - to a call for stakeholder input by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada on the possible review of OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Read more

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ENGO CSD 18-19 Priorities Paper

The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada invited the RCEN to coordinate the consolidation of ENGO priorities for the thematic cluster of the 18th and 19th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD): transport, chemicals, waste management (hazardous and solid waste), mining and the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production. This paper outlines the aspirations Canadian NGOs have for the upcoming CSD and discusses the challenges and context surrounding these objectives.

ENGO Participation in CSD-18

In preparation for the 18th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-18), Canadian ENGOs submitted comments on the Secretary General’s State of Implementation Reports.

The RCEN, along with the Citizens Network for Sustainable Development (CitNet), the North American Sustainable Consumption and Production Alliance (NASCA) and the Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) issued a joint process-oriented statement at the fourth Regional Implementation Meeting (RIM) on Sustainable Development for North America and the European Union, held 1-2 December 2009, to encourage constructive dialogues with NGO and non-NGO stakeholders in the lead up to and during CSD-18. Read the statement

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Steering Committee

Jean Arnold (Co-Chair)
Falls Brook Centre, NB
East Coast

Michael Simpson (Co-Chair)
One Sky, BC
West Coast

Drew De Panicis
One Earth Initiative, BC

Tanya Gutmanis
Sierra Club Canada, ON

Meredith Kushnir
Resource Efficient Agricultural Production (REAP-Canada), ON

Clara Whyte
Gaïa Vision, QC

Caucus Coordinator