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KEY PUBLICATIONS AND ONLINE RESOURCES

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

This page was updated on: 01/12/10

 

2002

 

Sustainable Development Key Publications and Online Resources Archives: 2010; 2009; 2008; 2007; 2006; 2005; 2004; 2003

 

POLICY INSTRUMENTS FOR ACHIEVING ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT
(OECD, September 2002)
This publication is the result of the OECD’s Working Group on Transport’s five-year work programme, which developed Guidelines for Environmentally Sustainable Transport and supporting analytical reports.  The publication incorporates a target-oriented approach for transport and related sectors. For more information or to order, see http://www.oecd.org/EN/document/0,,EN-document-518-nodirectorate-no-15-34156-25,00.html

 

DOWN TO EARTH: GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA
(National Academies Press, 2002) This report outlines the importance and applicability of geographic data for sustainable development. Drawing on experience in African countries, the report considers how future sources and applications of geographic data could provide reliable support to policy makers working towards sustainable development. The report is available online at: http://books.nap.edu/books/0309084784/html/index.html

 

KNOWLEDGE AND DIPLOMACY: SCIENCE ADVICE IN THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM
(National Academies Press, 2002) This report examines United Nations sustainable development activities and their science advisory processes. It outlines the development of science advisory systems internationally particularly in the UN system, explores options and presents a model process for developing science advice, illustrates the use of science advisory mechanisms in the UN system, and presents recommendations for strengthening institutional arrangements for science advice in the UN system. The report is available online at: http://bob.nap.edu/books/0309084903/html/

 

REQUEST FOR WSSD INFORMATION
IIED is compiling information generated by civil society organizations on the World Summit on Sustainable Development. This information will be placed on a CD-ROM to create a detailed record of civil society priorities and contributions for the Johannesburg Summit. IIED seeks information on the range of meetings and initiatives that were undertaken – not just the intergovernmental process. The CD-ROM will be circulated globally in mid-2003 as a stand-alone resource to be sent free of charge to all WSSD-accredited organizations and to be distributed through selected international civil society networks. IIED requests that information be sent by the end of February 2003. Contact Tom Bigg, the project coordinator, or IIED (e-mail: wssd@iied.org; Internet: http://www.iied.org) for more information.

 

POST-JOHANNESBURG: THE FUTURE OF THE UN COMMISSION ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

(WHAT Governance Programme November 2002) This paper by Felix Dodds, Rosalie Gardiner, David Hales, Minu Hemmati and Gary Lawrence provides a useful overview of the CSD’s history, successes and failures and offers several ideas to improve its effectiveness in promoting Agenda 21 and the WSSD’s Plan of Implementation. The report offers ideas to: build up a strong constituency for the CSD; focus policy discussions and reviews of implementation; create issue-focused commissions; structure multi-stakeholder dialogues and roundtables; and facilitate Type II partnerships. The 15-pg report can be accessed through http://www.earthsummit2002.org/es/issues/Governance/governance.htm. See also the meeting report from a November 2002 Stakeholder Forum for Our Common Future organized meeting on the CSD’s future, accessed through the same Internet address.

 

EVALUATING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT POLICY

(Greenleaf Publishing 2002) Edited by Andre Martinuzzi, this special issue of “Greener Management International” represents a step towards initiating a scientific exchange of the different approaches and methods available to evaluate sustainable development policy. The six substantive papers in this collection address:

* Participatory Evaluation of Sustainable Development;

* New Approaches to Evaluating Regional Policy: The Potential of a Theory-Based Approach;

* Assessing Sustainable Development in the European Union: The Sustainable Quality Management Approach in the Context of Structural Funds;

* What is a Good Strategy for Sustainable Development? A Draft Set of Evaluation Criteria;

* The Impacts of Corporate Environmental Management Systems: A Comparison of EMAS and ISO 14001; and

* Urban Economic Indicators for Green Development in Cities.

These papers are available online at: http://www.greenleaf-publishing.com/gmi/gmi36.htm

 

WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT – AN ASSESSMENT FOR IISD

(IISD October 2002) Prepared by Peter Doran, this paper reviews the background leading up to the WSSD, identifies key WSSD outcomes and commitments, summarizes positions taken by key actors and assesses the political significance of the Summit. It focuses particularly on issues that IISD follows, offering important perspectives and a review of the Summit’s history and proceedings. The briefing paper can be downloaded from: http://www.iisd.org/publications/publication.asp?pno=485

 

GOVERNANCE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: OUTCOMES FROM JOHANNESBURG
(Stakeholder Forum for Our Common Future 2002) This document is based on a presentation given at the “Global Governance 2002: Redefining Global Democracy” conference in Montreal, Canada in October 2002. It examines the text of the WSSD Plan of Implementation and aims to identify indicators of political will, such as references to international targets and financial commitments, and governance outcomes, including legal and regulatory frameworks and partnerships. The paper can be downloaded from http://www.earthsummit2002.org/es/issues/Governance/governance.htm

 

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE: OPTIONS & OPPORTUNITIES

(Edited by Daniel C. Esty and Maria H. Ivanova, Foreword by Strobe Talbott; Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (2002) ISBN 0-9707882-2-3 (255 pp.)) This volume draws on a range of experts from five continents to reflect an interdisciplinary perspective and examine critical concerns and challenges of environmental protection in an increasingly interdependent world. The book emphasizes the need to manage our ecological interdependence and related economic relationships thoughtfully, explicitly and effectively. It addresses key issues such as measuring environmental change, bridging the North-South knowledge divide, financing sustainable development, promoting engagement of civil society and global networks, and institutional design at regional and global levels. To download individual chapters free of charge or order a paper copy of the book ($20 including shipping), visit: http://www.yale.edu/environment/publications/geg/geg.html

 

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL INSTITUTIONS: PERSPECTIVES ON REFORM

(Edited by Duncan Brack and Joy Hyvarinen, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, 2002) This report compiles four papers by eminent authors regarding their perspectives on the global environmental governance debate. Daniel Esty, Maria Ivanova, Lee Kimball and Adil Najam survey existing international environmental institutional arrangements, with each chapter reaching a different conclusion regarding desirable future developments. Konrad von Moltke focuses his chapter on the array of multilateral environmental agreements. The report can be downloaded from the RIIA website, http://www.riia.org, by following the links through “Research” and “Sustainable Development Programme.”

 

INTERNATIONAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOVERNANCE: THE QUESTION OF REFORM: KEY ISSUES AND PROPOSALS

(UN University/Institute of Advanced Studies Report, Tokyo, Japan, August 2002) This report was prepared based on research papers commissioned for a study of International Environmental Governance Reform by the UNU in collaboration with the University of Kitakyushu. It examines how changes in international institutions and better coordination between them can help improve environmental quality and promote development. The scholars’ research on which this report is based focused on identifying the gaps and weaknesses within the current system of international environmental governance and evaluating proposals aimed at strengthening the existing system. The report can be downloaded from http://www.ias.unu.edu/binaries/ISDGFinalReport.pdf.

 

ROADS TO THE SUMMIT

(Published by Panos London and LEAD International 2002)
This report tracks sustainable development efforts in six countries from the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 to the World Summit in Johannesburg. These countries are: India, Japan, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and the United States. It shows that while each country has enacted environmental legislation, they have generally failed to integrate environmental protection with development and do not appear convinced by the concept of sustainable development. Poorer countries lack the infrastructure and human capacity to integrate sustainability into their development planning while richer countries perceive sustainability as expensive to implement. The report can be accessed through the Panos London website: http://www.panos.org.uk.

 

A GUIDE TO GLOBAL POPULATION PROJECTIONS

(CIESIN Thematic Guide, Palisades, NY, Center for International Earth Science Information Network of Columbia University 2002) This guide by Brian O’Neill , Deborah Balk, Melanie Brickman and Markos Ezra helps researchers and educators better understand how population projections are produced and to choose the best set of projections for their needs. Available online at: http://sedac.ciesin.columbia.edu/tg/guide_frame.jsp?g=5

 

UN PUBLICATIONS RELEVANT TO ISSUES DISCUSSED AT THE WSSD

A list of UN publications relevant to issues discussed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development is available online at: http://www.un.org/Pubs/whatsnew/sdev02.htm  

 

UNITED NATIONS YEARBOOK COLLECTION (1946-1999)

(UN 2002) Over fifty years worth of the Yearbook of the United Nations, which details the UN and its organs, programmes and bodies� activities, is collected on CD-ROM. Available online at: http://www.un.org/Pubs/whatsnew/ycd02.htm

 

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