EDITOR'S NOTE
Friday, 15 December 2006

2006 has been an eventful year for the multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and processes we follow. From the launch of UNEP’s Colombo process on compliance with and enforcement of MEAs in January, to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development’s review of energy, industrial development, air pollution/atmosphere and climate change in May, to the discussions regarding post-2012 commitments under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in May and November, to the year-long consultations among various groups studying UN reform questions, to the final development in December of a process to address synergies among the chemicals conventions, many of the key issues facing MEAs were tabled for discussion in 2006, and mechanisms have been established to ensure the deliberations continue in 2007. Reports from 2006 indicate that the MEAs’ work is far from finished, however. NASA reported, for example, that the 2006 ozone hole was the largest in terms of depth and stayed for the longest time ever. A study in Science predicted that, if global fishing continues at its present pace, there will be a collapse of all species currently fished by 2050. IUCN’s 2006 Red List added the polar bear and hippopotamus to lists of species officially threatened with extinction. Much work remains, and through it all we will continue to shine a light on the deliberative processes seeking to advance the international sustainable development agenda.

Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.
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