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 Tuesday, 16 July 2002
Time Title
09:00-09:30 Plenaries: Guest Speakers Session
09:30-11:00 Plenaries: State of the environment and development...
11:30-13:00 Enviro, Trade & Sustainable Dev: Financing for development
11:30-13:00 CS & International Orgs: Main Consultative Statuses
11:30-13:00 Enviro, Trade & Sustainable Dev: WIPO and the patenting of traditional kn...
11:30-13:00 Enviro, Trade & Sustainable Dev: Water management
11:30-13:00 Enviro, Trade & Sustainable Dev: Organic and sustainable agriculture
14:00-15:30 CS & International Orgs: Evolution of civil society - internation...
14:00-15:30 Indigenous, Women & Dev: Indigenous women and leadership
14:00-15:30 Info Society: Access to the information society in dev...
14:00-15:30 Enviro, Trade & Sustainable Dev: Population and sustainable development
14:00-15:30 Health: Health and Development
14:00-15:30 Peace & Disarmament: How to engage with disarmament issues
14:00-15:30 Human Rights & Law: Protection against torture
14:00-15:30 CS-Private Sector: Private sector and the environment
14:00-15:30 Self-determination & Conflicts: Self-determination as a means of conflic...
16:00-17:30 CS & International Orgs: Strengthening cooperation with civil soc...
16:00-17:30 Indigenous, Women & Dev: Indigenous children and the role of trad...
16:00-17:30 Info Society: Information society and governance
16:00-17:30 Enviro, Trade & Sustainable Dev: Energy and waste management
16:00-17:30 Health: Private sector and access to health
16:00-17:30 Health: Private sector and access to health
16:00-17:30 Human Development: Globalisation and economic, social and c...
16:00-17:30 Peace & Disarmament: The right to self-determination as a mea...
16:00-17:30 Peace & Disarmament: The right to self-determination as a mea...
17:15-18:15 Internet requiredPeace & Disarmament: Tour d'horizon with the Department of Di...
18:00-19:30 Info Society: Health and the Internet
18:00-19:30 CS & International Orgs: The role of Foundations in international...
18:00-19:30 Indigenous, Women & Dev: The impact of indigenous peoples on inte...
18:00-19:30 CS & International Orgs: Civil society organizations - government...
18:00-19:30 Info Society: Internet and the Environment
19:30-21:00 Regional Meetings: The role of civil society organizations ...
19:30-20:30 Cultural: RALCO, Chili
18:00-20:00 Other sessions: Clair de Lune

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Summary: Working Group on Civil Society and International Organizations Cooperation

Evolution of civil society-international organizations cooperation

Time: 16 July 2002, 14.00-15.30
Location: ICCG 1
Moderator(s): • Ms. Raymonde Martineau, Union of International Associations (UIA)
Presenters/ Participants: • Ms. Musimbi Kanyoro, Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA)
• Mr. Cyril Ritchie, Fédération des institutions internationales semi-officielles et privées établies à Genève (FIIG)
Reporter: Sophie Lilley (ICVolunteers)
Language: French
Key words: NGO, UN, women's rights, growth of civil society, human rights

This working group discussed two topics on the theme of the evolution of co-operation between non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the UN.

'The growth of civil society today requires us to take global measures.' This was the theme of the presentation with which Mr. Cyril Ritchie, of the Fédération des Institutions Internationales Semi-officielles et Privées Etablies à Genève, opened the working group. In his speech on NGOs, he stated the advantages and disadvantages of various methods of tackling economic and social problems.

Ms. Musimibi Kanyoro, of the Young Women's Christian Association, spoke of the evolution of women's rights specifically within inter-governmental organizations, such as the United Nations, culminating in 1995 with the UN Conference on Women's Issues in Beijing. She confirmed that women's organizations, which began more than a century ago as movements, exist today as formal organizations. Looking to the future, she cited two issues of concern: the monopoly of leadership positions by older women to the exclusion of younger generations, and the recognition of class interests in the women's movement. Ms. Kanyoro urged that active steps should be taken to protect the interests of women, especially those on the poverty margin.

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