During the third and last day of the conference, a round table on the role of civil society in sustainable development decision making and implementation took place. Mr. John Matuszak from the USA government participated as respondent and said that civil society has an important role but it needs to be clear in stating what they want and the role it wants to play in different areas. In the meantime, the draft declaration was out for circulation and the corridors were full of delegates scribbling comments in the document and comparing notes with colleagues.
The declaration was finally adopted by unanimity. Although it is quite long, what they are called the Sustainable Development Goals are interesting. IUCN played a key role in including the elements related to the Biodiversity Strategic Plan. The document may be accessed here. For a quick read, one can go straight to the SDGs at the end. This paper will be tabled by the German government to the UNGA and will be used by civil society organizations to influence during the period leading up to Rio.