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> >Dear friends,
> >This message came from Emmy Hafield.
> >
> >
> >Dear all,
> >I am sure you all have recieved information from Iis Sileuw, who have
> >assisted me and Dewi Suralaga to organize international communication
> >for PrepComm IV. She has sent you questions and info about the
> >preparation for PrepComm II. I would like to add more on this also.
> >
> >I just received a confirmation from Hans Peter Deijghard that I am
> >selected as one of the participants for Multi Stakeholders Dialogue
> >during PrepCom II to represent Indonesia –but I am not sure on
> >this)–but maybe to represent South East Asia too, or Asia Pacific.
> >
> >Since I have no clear message from SEA or Asia Pacific, except what we
> >discussed in Pnompenh (the whole selection process was quick and was not
> >really pro-active, since we have to nominate the person to the web-site,
> >and not many did that, and I think it was already final), I desperately
> >need to request your inputs to my task in MSD. My questions are: 1. Do
> >you have any comments in addition to what have been written by TWN,
> >Danish 92 and ELCI on NGO papers? 2. Do you have any strong opinion on
> >something that this region should bring up during MSD?
> >3. If many of you also come to New York, do we need to have a regional
> >gathering before MSD?
> >
> >I do appreciate your comments,
> >Emmy Hafild

Dear Emmy

I am very glad you are going to N.York (prep.Com 2). Having read the comments in the
report of the NGO group who participated in the Regional preparatory conference, I agree
with all the negative points stated in the report. Just mentioning the problems in detail
only shows that we are very familiar and knowledgeable about the problems because we live
with it. These problems have to be followed with ‘WHY’ these problems exist, ‘WHAT’ can
be done to remove it, (even if it is in theory), and “HOW’ we can remove it, and new
methods should be developed in addressing and removing our problems in the developing
countries. We have to go into detail why these problems exist and how we can remove them.
Have we not seen during these ten years after Rio, that there is very little to maintain
sustainable development. Can we blame the developed countries for all of our problems?
Asia is very ancient civilization, rich in culture, and many of our countries rich in
resources, and why is it that we cannot even keep our streets clean?
It is very clear (we need no expert to tell us) that our major problem is in the nature
of Governance in the developing countries.
There is rampant corruption, no political will, breakdown of political leadership, and
therefore not seriously committed to sustainable development.
NGOs in the developing countries should recognise this as a number one problem. This
should be our common concern. How many NGOs from how many developing countries discuss
the problem of bad Governance as our common concern. I agree we will not be able to bring
a change, but at least in our life time we would be able to develop a widespread
consciousness to one day be able to bring about a change through the democratic process.
Many countries in the Third World are unashamedly dependent on the developed countries
for the wrong reasons. The recipients of their financial aid, funds, loans etc etc,
are by and large not the needy and the poor. The funds, in many cases are used by groups
and individuals through development projects that allow them to amass tremendous amount
of wealth leaving a wide gap between the rich and the poor. Women are the major victims
of this situation. Let us women for what it is worth highlight the problem of bad
Governance as a lack of responsibility from the political leadership. There is no way of
solving all the other problems unless we solve this one on good Governance first. NGOs
should try to convince the governments first, on the importance of attaining a high
standard of good Governance.
Being a small populated country, a multiracial society and with Dr Mahathir Mohammad at
the helm, as our Prime Minister, the democratic system works here to a great extent. Many
many citizens have been exposed of their corruption and have been dealt with. There is
also a lot of discussion at the government level to revive our agricultural sector, to
have good regulations for the control of rice and for self sufficiency.
Recently he said that national governments should make special efforts for political
commitment to target rural women in poverty eradication programmes. He is aware that the
barriers that further contribute to the feminisation of poverty must be removed.
However we too have our problems such as illegal logging, ravaging the forests and
terrain in our enthusiasm to develop, air pollution, garbage problems, traffic problems
floods, too many cars and so on.
In many countries, populating explosion can further cause a strain on the environment.
More people means, more food, more houses, more hospitals, more schools more of
everything. With all this if there is rampant corruption, the situation becomes
unmanageable.
I am hoping Emmy that you will have the chance of presenting this basic problem, in the
dialogue session as a common problem of most Asian if not South East Asian countries
and that the leaders of these countries must work together to have the political will to
develop sustainable development.

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