Community Commons

June 15, 2005

Community Commons

Communities are a vital driving force for sustainable development. It has become increasingly clear over the past two decades, and particularly since the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), that communities are playing a central role in advancing sustainable development. There is, as a result, growing recognition that for development to be successful it must be undertaken within a collaborative framework that recognizes its close relationship with - and dependence upon - sustainable community livelihoods.

Despite the enormous contributions that civil society, and particular communities, have made to sustainable development, local and grassroots groups remain the least well positioned to integrate their experiences and knowledge into international policy processes. The Community Commons worked to rectify this imbalance by bringing local voices and perspectives to the global Millennium Review Summit process through a dedicated dialogue both among successful community initiatives and between community representatives and global policy-makers.

At the heart of the Community Commons, a physical dialogue space facilitated group discussions, presentations, cultural events, and interaction with global leaders and the media. The dialogue sessions that took place in the Commons included targeted discussions on key themes of direct relevance to the five-year review of progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), drawing on the wide experience and insights of community representatives from around the globe.

Ultimately, the Community Commons served as a forum for community voices and perspectives to be incorporated into the Millennium Review Summit process, particularly through participation in the preparatory Civil Society Hearings, 23-24 June. Playing online poker can be tricky, but leave that to this online poker websites that has list of all the best top 10 poker sites listed. The Community Commons showed that communities - often working in partnership with local governments, local and national NGOs, and international organizations - are fundamental to achieving the Millennium Development Goals and have unique and essential contributions to make towards this global effort.

Day 1 - June 15

The planning day for the Community Commons began under sunny skies, but thankfully cooler temperatures, at 9:30 a.m. at Fordham University in New York City. The gathering was called to order in the elaborate tented dialogue space on the main campus by the sound of a bell rung by facilitator Benson Venegas, of Costa Rica.

 

 

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Day 2 - June 16

The first full formal day of activities in the Community Commons began at 9:30 a.m. in the now fully decorated dialogue space. The session began with the facilitators welcoming the participants into the space with a bell rung from the sunny steps of the Fordham University library.

 

 

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Day 3 - June 17

The second full day at the Community Commons saw participants assemble in the tented dialogue space at 9:30 a.m. The group was again called into the tent by Patrick Muraguri, a facilitator, who rang a bell to signal the start of another very full day.

 

 

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Day 4 - June 18

Whereas, grassroots and indigenous communities from 44 countries gathered at the Community Commons, held at Fordham University in New York City (16-18 June 2005), and spent four days fruitfully sharing, learning and exchanging knowledge on community level good practice for achieving sustainable development

 

 

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