These supplementary notes aim to help identify some of the website presenters in brief. Some have been provided by the presenters themselves, others have been drawn or collated from the sites. No responsibility is taken for their veracity.
Small Island Developing States Network (SIDSnet) results from the 1994 Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA). SIDSnet connects 43 Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Pacific, Caribbean, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean and African island nations. SIDSnet's main goal has been to utilise information and communication technologies (ICTs) to link SIDS in supporting the implementation of the sustainable development objectives of the BPoA. The project was launched in 1998 through UNDP's Sustainable Development Networking Programme (SDNP) and the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). The Water Resources Management and Small Island Developing States Branch of the New York-based United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) currently administers the project.
Sociocracy/Sociocratic Circles (business training and accreditation system originated in the Netherlands) introduce a method of decision making and aim to develop a global sociocratic network. The sociocratic vision of living together is a society in which people live and share their lives as dissimilar, unique persons on the basis of an underlying equivalence regarding decision making. Consent governs decision-making: Not every decision requires consent, but there is consent about the agreements in which decision making is organized in a different way. Apart from the rule of Governing Consent a large number of other rules apply which make working with consent a practical option in organizations of any kind.
Solidar, an independent European alliance of NGOs involved in social welfare, life-long learning, development and humanitarian aid. Its secretary-general, Giampiero Alhadeff, is also President of the Platform of European Social NGOs, an alliance of 30 European NGOs working in the social field.
SQUALL (UK). The SQUALL Crew is a multimedia collective of cultural activists dedicated to top quality edutainment. The news team investigates current controversy with an attention to accuracy, whilst the events team provide free party underground music from the funky end of the dance spectrum at a variety of venues and festivals. The two teams share personnel and aspiration in potent concoction. All SQUALL's writers, photographers, designers, DJ's, leafleteers, decorists, technicians, drivers and general grafters are volunteers. All monies generated by the project, go back into the project. THIS IS A MAMMON FREE ZONE.
Stop the FTAA (US) is a campaign organised by the John Birch Society which is also opposed to the USA's contiued membership of the United Nations, defends the 1950s actions of Senator Joseph McCarthy and sees unrestricted firearms ownership as a component of freedom.
Sunshine Project, The, (Germany). Bringing abuses of biotechnology to light and advocating appropriate policy, the Sunshine Project promotes international consensus that advances in biotechnology should not be used to harm people and the environment.
Transnationale (Association Transnationale, France) has placed on its website (a) reference articles on more than 40 essential topics, from GMO (transgenic organisms) and baby milk to offshore banking, the World Trade Organisation, privatisation of education, retirement pension, human cloning; (b) a database of transnational corporations; (c) answers and alternatives. Thanks to information collected by our network of correspondents, already 4500 corporations are listed, with their brand names, subsidiaries, major shareholders, manager compensation, social policy, lobby membership, corporate image, etc. For instance, Nestlé, Monsanto, Hachette, BHP. SEARCH TNCs by corporation name or brand name.
UK Anti-MAI Forum (listserve) is dedicated to developing the campaign in the UK against the proposed Multilateral Agreement on Investment (or later schemes with similar objectives), driven mainly by large multinational corporations seeking to protect and extend their vested interests throughout the world for the foreseeable future, at the expense of everyone and everything else. To date, there is no access to message archives.
United Nations Foundation, USA, was founded with the Sept 1997 gift by R E (Ted) Turner of US$1 billion in Time-Warner securities, realisable over a 10-year period at US$100 million p.a., with the stated goal "to support the goals and objectives of the United Nations and its Charter, in order to promote a more peaceful, prosperous and just world - with special emphasis on the UN's work on behalf of economic, social, environmental and humanitarian causes". One major activity is Raising New Funds to Support UN Programs and Purposes -- encouraging other public and private funders to join and help demonstrate what the UN and the world can do when the public and private sectors cooperate and co-invest.
Though somewhat different from other 'citizen networks', the Foundation is included in this webliography because of its principled objectives and weekly news briefing (UN Wire).
United Nations Global Compact. At the World Economic Forum, Davos, on 31 January 1999, UN Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan challenged world business leaders to "embrace and enact" the Global Compact, both in their individual corporate practices and by supporting appropriate public policies. These (nine) principles cover topics in human rights, labour and environment as follows:
HUMAN RIGHTS--1: support and respect the protection of international human rights within their sphere of influence; and 2: make sure their own corporations are not complicit in human rights abuses. LABOUR STANDARDS--3: freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining; 4: the elimination of all forms of forced and compulsory labour; 5: the effective abolition of child labour; and 6: the elimination of discrimination in respect of employment and occupation. ENVIRONMENT--7: support a precautionary approach to environmental challenges; 8: undertake initiatives to promote greater environmental responsibility; and 9: encourage the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies. This site will carry extensive 'Country Information' and performance staements by corporations.
A Jan 02 update memo includes biodata on members of Advisory Council (including non-business members).
US/LEAP --US/ Labor Education Project in the Americas, (based in Chicago IL, formerly the U.S./Guatemala Labor Education Project) is an independent non-profit organization that supports economic justice and basic rights for workers in Central America, Colombia, Ecuador, and Mexico. US/LEAP focuses especially on the struggles of those workers who are employed directly or indirectly by U.S. companies such as Starbucks (coffee), Chiquita (bananas), and Phillips-Van Heusen (clothing).
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