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Editor’s Note No. 101
Thursday, 21 February 2008
Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.
Editor, Linkages Update
and MEA Bulletin
How could States strengthen their efforts to achieve sustainable development, and what actions could the intergovernmental process undertake to promote sustainable development?

Answers to these questions are currently being solicited by an e-discussion on “Achieving Sustainable Development,” organized by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). This moderated e-discussion is part of a larger global consultation process for the UN Economic and Social Council’s 2008 Annual Ministerial Review (AMR), which will take place in July 2008. At the e-discussion’s conclusion, on 14 March, the moderators will have the task of trying to distill the many contributions received into a summary of key conclusions, recommendations and innovative ideas, to share with member States.

This issue of Linkages Update provides summaries of related discussions that have taken place in many cities around the world (albeit with a larger carbon footprint). The tenth Special Session of the UN Environment Programme Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GCSS-10/GMEF), in Monaco, is considering how to mobilize finance to meet the climate challenge and international environmental governance and UN reform, among other agenda items. Delegates to the thirteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the Convention on Biological Diversity, in Rome, Italy, were welcomed to their one-week meeting by Chair Asghar Mohammadi Fazel (Iran), who noted their challenge of providing timely and informed scientific advice to decision makers in a rapidly changing world. The UN General Assembly thematic debate in New York, US, on “Addressing climate change: the United Nations and the world at work” discussed the role of partnerships as well as negotiations on a post-2012 framework for global climate change action. Participants at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2008, inNew Delhi, India, considered links between sustainable development and climate change, including mitigation and adaptation policies for sustainable development. The tenth African Union Summit, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, discussed strengthening cooperation between Africa and the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, among other issues.

IISDRS in many ways offers an on-going e-discussion about sustainable development implementation efforts, bringing you stories about recent policy decisions and reports related to the multilateral environmental agreements that we follow. The guest articles in MEA Bulletin have presented approaches that could be used at the international, state and local levels, from “Options for harmonizing national reporting to biodiversity-related agreements,” to “Tapping the Potential of Environmental Funds” to “Creating Trading Zones and Expertise for Climate Information.” We provide our knowledge management services to the sustainable development community with the goal of helping you to identify your own key conclusions, recommendations and innovative ideas.
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