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323-Multilateral Environmental Agreeements
Transcript of 323-Multilateral Environmental Agreeements
....Fix 'em or Nix 'em???
Shannon Gibson, Ph.D.
University of Southern California
State of the Global MEA System
hundreds of agreements
multiple IGOs / Conventions
lack of coordination
Rio+ 20: 3rd Conference on Sustainable Development
Proposals for Alternatives
Civil Society Participation
Flexibility for Secretariats
Space for norm creation/diffusion
Innovative Institutional Forms
Global Green Economy
Institutions for Sustainable Development
"Too often the issue on the table was, “should we build this dam and how high should it be?” rather than “among the various alternatives, including this dam, how should we achieve the water, energy, development, and environmental goals set by the responsible authorities?” (Bissell: 162)
Assessing the progress and implementation gaps in meeting previous commitments.
Addressing new and emerging challenges.
Securing renewed political commitment
for sustainable development.
3 day high level segment (88 attend)
large civil society outside
What did Najam say were the 2 issues in the development of the MEA system?
concentration of donors & recepients
often not "new"
often with conditionalities attached
Radical Changes / Decommissioning
Rio +20 Outcomes
The Future we Want
Little progress on Green Economy
Decision to expand, but not elevate, UNEP
Non-binding commitment to phase out fossil fuel subsidies
Process to adopt Sustainable Development Goals by 2015
What / who is the biggest culprit here? How do we move forward?
The United States