for Partnerships/Initiatives (‘type 2 outcomes’) to be elaborated by interested parties
in preparation for the World Summit on Sustainable Development
Explanatory note by the Vice-Chairs Jan Kara and Diane Quarless (addendum to the
Chairman’s explanatory note)
During informal meetings at PrepCom 3 participants expressed the wish for additional
guidance with regard to the elaboration of partnerships/initiatives which are expected to
become part of the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
Building on the Chairman’s explanatory note (see www.johannesburgsummit.org), and taking
into account views expressed during the informal meetings, we submit to all the partners
the following general guidelines on ‘type 2’ outcomes:
Link to Agenda 21 and Millennium Declaration Goals
‘Type 2’ partnerships/initiatives are intended to help achieve the further
implementation of Agenda 21 and the Millennium Declaration goals.
Complementarity to ‘Type 1’ outcomes
‘Type 2’ partnerships/initiatives are complementary to the globally agreed ‘type 1’
outcomes: they are not intended to substitute commitments by governments in the ‘type
1’ documents, rather they should contribute to translating those political commitments
into action. Given the broad range of issues currently being negotiated, it should not
prove difficult to link a ‘type 2’ initiative to the negotiated outcome.
‘Type 2’ partnerships/initiatives are of a voluntary, ‘self-organizing’ nature:
unlike ‘type 1’ outcomes they are not subject to negotiation within the Preparatory
Committee for the Summit.
‘Type 2’ partnerships can be initiated by governments, international organisations or
major groups. They can be arranged among any combination of partners, including
governments, regional groups, non-governmental actors, international institutions and
private sector partners. Preferably, they should involve a range of significant actors in
a given area of work. They should be genuinely participatory in approach, so that their
ownership is shared between all partners.
New/value added initiatives
Ideally, ‘type 2’ partnerships/initiatives should be “new”, which means they are
elaborated as a particular contribution to the outcome of the World Summit on Sustainable
Development. In case of on-going initiatives, there has to be a clearly demonstrated
added value to these initiatives in the context of the Summit (e.g. more partners taken
on board, replicating an initiative or extending it to another geographical region,
increasing financial resources, etc.)
Every effort should be made to ensure integration of economic, social and environmental
dimensions of sustainable development in the design and implementation of the
partnership/initiative. It should be coherent with the sustainable development strategies
of the countries where its implementation takes place.
‘Type 2’ partnerships/initiatives need to be international in scope and reach, which
means global, regional and/or sub-regional. While support for the implementation of
Agenda 21 in developing countries is particularly welcome, initiatives within one region
are not excluded, as long as they clearly contribute to the implementation of Agenda 21
and the globally agreed outcomes of the Summit.
Level of commitment
‘Type 2’ partnerships/initiatives should have clear objectives and set specific targets
and timeframes for their achievement. Available and /or expected sources of funding
should be identified, at least the initial funding should be assured at the time of the
Summit, if the initiative/partnership is to be launched there. Initiatives which do not
qualify for launching at the time of the Summit may be considered later in the Summit
‘Type 2’ partnerships/initiatives need to have internal arrangements for monitoring of
progress in their implementation. The Commission on Sustainable Development might provide
a forum in following-up on their implementation (to be discussed and decided in the
negotiations on sustainable development governance within the Preparatory Committee for