Emerging Issues Can the Existing Institutional Framework Adequately Address T hem?. Felix Dodds Stakeholder Forum. International Framework for Sustainable Development. 1. 3. 2. Sustainable Development Governance. An important Issue. Fragmentation of the science. www.earthsummit2012.org.
Emerging Issues Can the Existing Institutional Framework Adequately Address Them?Felix DoddsStakeholder Forum
International Framework for Sustainable Development Adequately Address
Sustainable Development Governance
An important Issue
Fragmentation of the science
1 Adequately AddressSustainable Development Governance
Lessons learnt from the first twenty years
“3(a) To monitor progress in the implementation of Agenda 21 and activities related to the integration of environmental and developmental goals throughout the United Nations system through analysis and evaluation of reports from all relevant organs, organizations, programmes and institutions of the United Nations system dealing with various issues of environment and development, including those related to finance.”
1994 CSD: called for the development of an “effective legally binding instruments concerning the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure on the importation of chemicals”
1995 CSD: established the United Nations Inter-government Panel on Forests
1996 CSD: set out the requirements for the establishment of the institutional arrangements for the implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities
1997 UNGASS: called for by the year 2002, the formulation and elaboration of national strategies for sustainable development, the establishment of the UN Intergovernmental Forum on Forests (IFF) for three years (1997-2000), and the establishment of multi-stakeholder dialogues with governments within the UN CSD
1998 CSD:called on UNCTAD, UNEP and UN DESA to help develop a vulnerability index for the quantitative and analytical work on the vulnerability of Small Island Developing States and the establishment of a review of voluntary initiatives within industry.
1999 CSD:established an expansion of the United Nations guidelines on consumer protection to include sustainable consumption. It also established an open-ended informal consultation processes on oceans and seas under the UN General Assembly.
2000 CSD:set out the terms of reference for a new permanent body – the United Nations Forum on Forests.
“143. The General Assembly of the United Nations should adopt sustainable development as a key element of the overarching framework for United Nations activities, particularly for achieving the internationally agreed development goals, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration, and should give overall political direction to the implementation of Agenda 21 and its review.”
Options for the CSD Adequately Address
The original mandate of the CSD included:
“3(c) to review the progress in the implementation of the commitments set forth in Agenda 21, including those related to the provision of financial resources and transfer of technology;
3(d) to review and monitor regularly progress towards the United Nations target of 0.7 per cent of the gross national product of developed countries for official development assistance; this review process should systematically combine the monitoring of the implementation of Agenda 21 with the review of financial resources available
Commission on Global Governance Adequately Address“The Trusteeship Council should be given a new mandate over the global commons in the context of concern for the security of the planet.”
Emerging Issues or review?
Review Council at the GA Level continuing the review of implementation and policy development of UNCSD, JPOI and Agenda 21.
This would be done by recreating the present Commission at a UN GA level and hoping that doing so would add to a higher political commitment. From its inception, it would be important to ensure that part of it was attended by Heads of State and by ministries other than just the environment.
A Council of the UN General Assembly enabling text from the World Summit 2005
“160. We request the President of the General Assembly to conduct open, transparent and inclusive negotiations, to be completed as soon as possible during the sixtieth session, with the aim of establishing the mandate, modalities, functions, size, composition, membership, working methods and procedures of the Council.”
There were a number of interesting experiments within the CSD in its first ten years, which could be brought together into a new process within the UN Economic and Social Council. These could include:
The creation of a non-policy forum to review implementation at the EcoSoc level could have some interesting features. It could be a:
By having a non-policy forum, EcoSoccould:
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Building a more sustainable, safe and secure world
A proposed Chapter 41 of Agenda 21 was put forward in 1991 by the UN Centre for Transnational Corporations. The Chapter called, ‘Transnational Corporations and Sustainable Development’ had many good suggestions on:
When the General Assembly formally created the Commission and the Centre, it approved three broad objectives to guide the work of the UN on transnational corporations :
In 2010 the International Standards Organization agreed to ISO 26000 on Social Responsibility which takes consideration of seven principles these are on:
They are also advocating that the quality of the integration of sustainability - or the explanation - be put to the vote at the AGM.
This framework flows from the work we have been doing to encourage stock markets to take on the challenge of promoting corporate sustainability
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