15 August 2002
ADDRESS OF MINISTER’S OFFICE
FAX NUMBER OF MINISTER’S OFFICE
Dear [NAME OF MINISTER]:
On behalf of Friends of the Earth International (FOEI), of which our organization, [NAME
OF FOEI MEMBER GROUP], is the national member in [NAME OF COUNTRY], we would like to ask
you to instruct our government’s delegation to the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable
Development (WSSD) to be held from 26 August to 4 September 2002 in Johannesburg, South
Africa, to ensure that any outcomes from the WSSD will effectively address the global
problems of social and economic inequity, poverty, and environmental degradation. The
WSSD can be a prime opportunity for the governments and peoples of the world to blaze a
new path together towards achieving global environmental sustainability and equitable and
just social and economic development.
We believe that one way of achieving this is for you to instruct our government’s
delegation to the WSSD to propose and support the inclusion of a clear statement – both
in the WSSD Political Declaration of Heads of State as well as in the Plan of
Implementation of the WSSD – that reaffirms the authority and autonomy of multilateral
environmental agreements (MEAs) and that such MEAs must not be undermined by World Trade
Organisation rules. This will clearly signal our government’s commitment to the
principles and objectives of sustainable development.
Our organization is not alone in this request. Together with other members in our FOEI
network, many other individuals, civil society, and people’s organizations all over the
world are asking their own governments to do the same thing.
We are attaching to this letter a copy of the statement signed by over 150 individuals
and organizations, representing over 50 countries, asking the WSSD to reaffirm the
authority and autonomy of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and that such MEAs
must not be undermined by World Trade Organisation rules.
We look forward to your response and action.
NAME OF SIGNATORY
NAME OF ORGANIZATION