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Open Letter to Foreign Ministers And Ambassadors


By Jim Puckett

Basel Action Network

February 1, 2001

Proposed General Assembly NGO Resolution

I am writing to you as coordinator of the secretariat of the Basel Action Network (BAN) seeking your support the proposed Resolution on NGO participation in the United Nations General Assembly, which has been drafted by the International NGO Task Group on Legal and Institutional Matters. In functional terms, this would enable accredited NGOs to attend open UNGA meetings, receive documentation and circulate their own materials to delegates.

BAN is an international watchdog network of global NGOs concerned about the proliferation of trade in toxic wastes, toxic products and toxic technologies. We are active in the area at the nexus between environment and human rights issues and have been very much involved in the Basel Convention (under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). More about our important work can be found by visiting our website.

Adoption of the proposed Resolution this year is, in BAN's view, crucial as we have a great deal of information and expertise in matters of trade, development and environment with great relevance to issues before the General Assembly. On behalf of our 25 member organizations worldwide, I appeal to your government to support the draft resolution so that we can continue to improve and extend the ways in which government and civil society work productively together.

Sincerely yours,

Jim Puckett

Coordinator, Secretariat

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