[governance] Annan in Davos on Civil Society

Robert Guerra rguerra at lists.privaterra.org
Sat Jan 28 09:36:46 EST 2006


Ewan:

If i'm not mistaken the issue with ITU membership for CS groups is  
the - cost . The prices are set at levels that only seem to be  
affordable to telecoms.

Does a member "category" exist that takes into consideration the  
limit financial abilities of NGOs and civil society groups?


On 28-Jan-06, at 5:35 AM, Ewan SUTHERLAND wrote:

> Guys
>
> There are provisions in the ITU legal instruments to admit as members
> international and regional associations. It is relatively  
> straightforward to
> apply to the ITU Council to be admitted as a member. Provided  
> someone has an
> organisation that is willing to be used as a vehicle we could have  
> some action on
> this.
>
> Ewan
>
> --
> Ewan Sutherland
> http://3wan.net/
> +44 141 416 0666
>
> On Sat, 28 Jan 2006 10:50 , Wolfgang_Kleinw├Ąchter
> 	<wolfgang.kleinwaechter at medienkomm.uni-halle.de> sent:
>
>> Annan in his speech in Davos gave some interesting support for  
>> Civil Society in
> Global Policy Development.
>>
>> See: http://www.weforum.org/site/homepublic.nsf/Content/Kofi+Annan 
>> +Address+-+English
>>
>> Here is one part, helpful arguments when talking with the ITU :-))):
>>
>> Kofi Annan:
>>
>> What all these activities have in common is that they involve the  
>> United Nations
> not simply in relations among its member States, but also in the  
> lives of their
> peoples. To carry out such tasks, we must engage not only with  
> governments but
> with all the new actors on the international scene.
>>
>> That includes the private sector, but it also includes  
>> parliamentarians;
> voluntary, non-profit organizations; philanthropic foundations; the  
> global media;
> celebrities from the worlds of sport and entertainment; and in some  
> cases labour
> unions, mayors and local administrators. And it includes less  
> benign actors such
> as terrorists, warlords, and traffickers in drugs, illicit weapons  
> or - worst of
> all - the lives and bodies of human beings.
>>
>> That is why I have repeatedly urged all the organs of the United  
>> Nations to be
> more open to civil society, so that their decisions can fully  
> reflect the
> contribution made by groups and individuals who devote themselves  
> to studying
> specific problems, or working in specific areas.
>>
>> It is also why I myself have cultivated contacts with scholars, with
> parliamentarians, with practitioners of all sorts, and with young  
> people -
> seeking to learn from their views and also encouraging them,  
> whatever sector they
> work in, to use their talents for the public good and to keep the  
> global horizon
> in view.
>>
>> It is one of the reasons why I have worked constantly to make our  
>> Organization
> more transparent and comprehensible to the public, and thereby more  
> genuinely
> accountable.
>>
>> And, of course, it is why I launched the Global Compact, to which the
> international business community - including some of you in this  
> audience - has
> responded with such enthusiasm that it is now the world's leading  
> corporate
> citizenship initiative, involving more that 2,400 companies, in  
> nearly 90 countries.
>>
>>
>>
>> Wolfgang
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
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