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World Summit on Sustainable Development, South Africa 2002


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Major Groups and their SARD Focal Points


NGOs engaged with Land and SARD issues in CSD and WSSD have been coordinated through the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS) NGO Caucus to the CSD since 1993. The SAFS Caucus meets annually at the CSD and has coordinated NGO input into the CSD annual meetings and to the multistakeholder dialogue process since 1995. NGOs participating in the SAFS Caucus include agricultural development and policy NGOs, and other NGOs active in food and agriculture work. Participation in the SAFS Caucus is open to any NGO interested in following the Land and SARD debates. Northern and Southern Co-chairs are elected every two years and a listserve is maintained for information sharing ( Elected regional focal points serve on a voluntary basis to facilitate participation and information sharing. For further information on the organization and functions of the SAFS Caucus, please click here.

Contact: SAFS Caucus: c/o Linda Elswick or Gordon Bispham

Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous Peoples' input into the SARD dialogue process is facilitated by the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC), one of approximately 40 Indigenous Peoples' organizations and networks in the Indigenous Peoples' Major Group Caucus of the UN CSD. The IITC facilitated the direct participation of Indigenous Peoples from the South, Central and North America, Asia and Africa in the multistakeholder dialogues at CSD-8. The IITC solicits direct input and participation, and sends information on SARD and related international processes in English, Spanish and French to contacts throughout the world in person, by fax, through two international Indigenous listservers and through an e-mail group of 87 Indigenous Peoples', organizations and networks, many of whom work on or have been sustainable agriculture practitioners for millennia.

Information: International Indian Treaty Council (IITC),

Contact: Carol Kalafatic,


The farmers' group is jointly co-ordinated by the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP), and the Via Campesina (VC). IFAP is a membership-based organization that brings together national organizations representing family farmers from throughout the world. It was established in 1946, and has general consultative status with the UN ECOSOC. The Via Campesina is an international social movement, coordinating organizations of peasants, landless peasants, small-scale farmers, agricultural workers, Indigenous Peoples and rural women. It was established in 1992. Participation in the farmers' group is open to all farmers' organizations, whether or not they are members of IFAP or Via Campesina. IFAPís website is and Via Campesinaís website is

Contact for IFAP: David King,
Contact for Via Campesina: Nettie Wiebe,

Workers and Trade Unions

Trade union input into the SARD Major Groups dialogue/process is coordinated through the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers Associations (IUF). The IUF is an international trade union organization, made up of 333 national trade unions in 120 countries, and representing workers in food, agriculture and tourism. The IUF organises workers in the global food chain and represents a 'plough to plate' approach to food production. The IUF's agricultural members are the women and men who labour in the crop fields, orchards, glasshouses, livestock units, primary processing facilities, and associated activities such as crop and animal product processing and packaging, livestock food preparation, irrigation, pest management, and grain storage, to produce the world's food and commodities. They are employed on everything from small to medium-sized farms to large industrialised farms, agricultural units and plantations. They are waged workers because they do not own the land on which they work nor the tools and equipment they use. In these respects they are a group distinct from farmers.


Contact: Peter Hurst,

Business and Industry

Business and industry input into the SARD Major Group ongoing dialogue process is coordinated through the International Agri-Food Network (IAFN). IAFN was formed at the time of the 1996 FAO World Food Summit to coordinate the business delegation to that event and has become a point for ongoing liaison between the professional organizations representing the agri-food sector at global level. Participation in the network is open to any international-level association representing a sector in the agri-food chain. The focal point for the group rotates from one association to another on a voluntary basis, with the current contact indicated on the website ( For further information on the organization and functions of IAFN, please click here.

Contact: Kristen Sukalac,

Local Authorities

Information: Centro de Investigación, Educación y Desarrollo (CIED),

Scientific and Technological Community

Contact: International Council for Science (ICSU),

Children and Youth

The Institute for Future Global Leaders (IFGL) acts as the SARD Youth Focal Point Organization. Based in Trinidad, this youth institute facilitates the sustainable development of youth in their communities by building their capacity to assume their role as global leaders in their communities. IFGL maintains close communication (on a daily basis) with the Children and Youth Major Group via various networks such as: the newly formed youth network called the Trinidad and Tobago Sustainable Development Network (TTSD-Net) and the Southern NGO Youth Forum. The TTSD-Net provides a forum for young people to pool their expertise and resource to achieving sustainability in their communities. It also serves as a think tank. IFGL also helps coordinate for the Southern NGO Youth Forum. This network was a forum at the Southern NGO Summit in Algeria. Currently, this Forum is in the process of documenting all the consultations and best practices being carried out by the youth of the south in preparation for Johannesburg. The Southern NGO Youth Forum has regional representation in Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.

Click here for general information on IFGLís role as the SARD focal point organization for Youth.

Contact: Calvin James,


Information: Women in Europe for our Common Future,

Contact: Isabel Ripa,

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