NGO Thematic ClustersMany NGOs have asked for more specific thematic facilitation in the lead up to Rio+20. The NGO organizing partners invite NGOs to serve on one or more thematic clusters by contacting the designated facilitators in the matrix of zero draft priority areas below. These proposed thematic clusters are voluntary associations of the NGO Major Group for the purpose of arriving at common policy positions and lobbying strategies. This list of thematic clusters is neither exhaustive nor exclusive, indeed, NGO organizing partners invite others to step forward to form other clusters of interest to them. The themes for proposed clusters are either taken from the sectoral approaches to the Green Economy and IFSD paragraphs, or from the implementation paragraphs -- all found in the zero draft outcome document. Of course, all NGOs and Major Groups will have the right to submit their own policy proposals whether or not they join a thematic cluster. The Thematic Facilitators have committed to maintaining an email list for their cluster and to facilitate electronic communications as well as coordinate meetings of the cluster at the UN if so desired. It is also important to communicate positions and discussions by using the NGO Major Group discussion tools:
- Identify common elements and principles within the cluster.
- Identify potential partnerships or initiatives for (1) collective lobbying of governments and (2) implementation of Rio+20 decisions.