Regional Preparatory Process
One of the objectives of the Forum organisers is that the preparatory process take roots at the regional level. In this context, regional preparatory processes should determine the most relevant challenges faced by the region, analyse the constraints and deficiencies faced by the actors and institutions, review innovative processes that successfully addressed the issues and contribute to the conclusions and recommendations that will be presented and discussed with decision makers during the Forum.
To implement the regional approach, the countries of the world have been grouped into five regions. You may click on the following links to access detailed information on the status of each region's related activities. (Depending on the activities, North Africa will be associated either with the Middle East or Africa.)
After having selected major challenges, the Regional actors involved in the process will focus on how to strengthen action. They will examine at the same time constraints faced by stakeholders and actions having been implemented.
Constraints and deficiencies faced at the local level can be related to financial resources, to human resources, lack of appropriate technologies, institutions and power issues such as decentralisation and also to right aspects.
These processes will as much as possible make use of already planned meetings and activities. Their main output will be the selection of relevant actions and a regional synthesis report.
A specific panel will be established to deal with financing issues of local action and stakeholders.
Each region may organise its preparatory activities according to the following guidelines:
- Constitute a regional committee that will oversee the regional process; this committee should be as much as possible multi-sector and multi-stakeholder and have representatives of the various parts of the region. Local actors in particular are critical for the success of the process. In some regions, sub-regions might be defined and the following can be split in different sub-regional processes;
- Identify among the themes of the thematic framework, those of major importance for the region;
- Select important meetings being held in the region, where issues related to the identified themes and to the Forum preparation could be discussed. One important meeting at least should be devoted to discussions and preparation of proposals from the region with political leaders and decision makers from Local and National Governments.
- Organise local workshops or specific sessions in the identified meetings to address the thematic issues and to identify both what is being done and what needs to be done at the local level.
- Contribute to the selection of the local actions that will be presented in Mexico.
- Prepare a regional position paper to be presented (i) first to the regional stakeholders and in particular to decision makers, who should at some point of the process possibly endorse its conclusions, (ii) during the Forum in Mexico where a special session will be devoted to each of the 5 regions.
- Coordinate the preparation of regional outputs and facilitate the regional participation in the various sessions that will be presented during the Forum. To this end, contribute to the selection of topic sessions and to the identification of conveners of the Region.
- Contribute to identifying financial resources and help fundraising for regional activities and regional actors.