We are meeting in extraordinary times: a period of crisis for humanity and our planet. The organisers recognise the rare opportunity we have to influence the discussions of the G20 and the profound importance of ensuring a constructive outcome of the Congress.
The Congress offers a unique chance for representatives of the public/private and civil society sectors to meet as equal partners. But this brings the responsibility of ensuring that we engage in constructive dialogue and work together to achieve multi-stakeholder consensus on the way forward.
The issues are critical: in many cases with life and death significance. In registering for the Congress we ask all delegates to accept the following principles to guide our deliberations:
• to focus attention on solutions (e.g. for helping people who are suffering as a result of the global financial crisis and for reshaping the future economy) rather than on pointing the finger of blame at particular countries or institutions
• to listen to and try to understand each others' point of view, however different from our own
• to be respectful in how we state our viewpoints
• to strive for the common highest vision rather than the lowest common denominator between conflicting views
• to identify what works – moving from theory to practice, so that what we discuss can have real and practical benefit.
In order to ensure an open and frank debate, discussions other than key note presentations throughout the Congress will be off the record. Conclusions will however be public and widely circulated. In registering, you are also accepting that this condition is honoured in any contact that you may have with the media and others.