African Networks Gearing Up for Rio+20

(Johannesburg) – Global Compact Local Networks from across Africa and the Middle East gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa on 27 September for their second joint regional meeting.

Hosted by the National Business Initiative (NBI), the secretariat of the South African Local Network, the meeting focused on ways in which Local Networks can contribute to next year’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), to be held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012.

Participants in the Johannesburg meeting included network representatives from South Africa, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Uganda, Egypt, Morocco, Jordan and Iraq. The meeting was also attended by members of the advisory group of the South African network and the UN Development Programme.

Beyond the preparation work for Rio+20, the meeting addressed the importance of collective action and policy dialogue to strengthen the role of Local Networks as national sustainability hubs. Participants further expressed a keen interest in the issue of food security which will be the focus of a high-level forum in South Africa next month – to be organized by UNDP and supported by the Global Compact.

Walid Nagi
Regional Network Manager – MENA and Europe
UN Global Compact