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28 August 2002
As thousands gather in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), this report offers thoughtful and specific policy proposals about governance to be incorporated into the debate. Governance is a key component of effective policies for sustainable development. To protect and preserve the natural environment, institutions at all levels must better reflect the link between environmental problems and the underlying economic and social issues that likely led to them. The success of the WSSD will depend on careful consideration of institutional arrangements.
International Sustainable Development Governance represents a final summary of the collaborative efforts and research of a core group of scholars around the globe. Their collective work focuses on identifying the gaps and weaknesses within the current system of international environmental and evaluating concrete proposals aimed at strengthening the existing system.
"Institutional reform has long been discussed as a way to improve the environment and promote development," said Bradnee Chambers, Senior Programme Coordinator of the Institute of Advanced Studies and a contributor to the report, "but a system-level analysis is needed in the same way that assessment on climate change (e.g., Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)) or other ecosystems are carried before inter-governmental negotiations take place. This research offers some important insights on the steps needed to undertake those reforms."
The report closely examines a number of issues central to future reforms of international environmental governance. These include:
For more information and copies of the report, please contact Toshie Honda (E-mail: Honda@ias.unu.edu) or W. Bradnee Chambers (E-mail: Chambers@ias.unu.edu) at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies, Tel: +81-3-5467-2323, Fax: +81-3-5467-2324, or visit the UNU/IAS website (http://www.ias.unu.edu).
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