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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

This page was updated on: 01/12/10

 

2003

 

Sustainable Development Key Publications and Online Resources Archives: 2010; 2009; 2008; 2007; 2006; 2005; 2004; 2002

 

SUSTAINABLE PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT
(WIT press, 2003) This 1048-page publication contains proceedings from the first International Conference on Sustainable Planning & Development. Comprising almost 100 papers from planners, environmentalists, engineers, policymakers, economists, researchers, academics and practitioners, this book focuses on the key concerns of specialists who work together to ensure sustainable planning and development. Specific topics covered: environmental management; environmental legislation and policy; environmental impact assessment; ecosystem analysis, protection and remediation; environmental economics; social issues; coastal planning and policy; geo-informatics; regional economics; resources management; rural planning; urban planning; and waste management. More information is available at: http://www.witpressUSA.com/acatalog/9852.html

 

WORLD AGRICULTURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT: A COMMODITY-BY-COMMODITY GUIDE TO IMPACTS AND PRACTICES
(2003, Island Press) In this text, Jason Clay assesses agricultural commodity production and the environmental problems this activity causes, along with prescriptions for increasing efficiency and reducing damage to natural systems. Clay examines 20 of the world’s major commodities, including beef, coffee, corn, rice, rubber, shrimp, sorghum, tea and tobacco. For each commodity, he offers comparative information including: main producing and consuming countries; main types of production; market trend information and market chain analyses; major environmental impacts; management strategies and best practices; and key contacts and references. The book recommends that governments work with farmers and the food industry to develop better management practices in order to increase efficiency and reduce damage to the environment. To read an excerpt from the chapter on coffee or to order the book visit
http://www.islandpress.org/books/detail.html?cart=108562953395998&SKU=1-55963-367-0

 

SURVIVAL FOR A SMALL PLANET: THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AGENDA
(Earthprint/IIED, 2003) Tom Bigg edited this book, which brings together dozens of leading experts from around the world in a ‘post-WSSD’ analysis of the prospects for sustainable development on all the major policy fronts including security, finance, urban governance, radical partnerships, migration, health, access to resources and the role of markets. The authors examine the contributions that governments, business and civil society can each make to improve our prospects and set out an agenda for those working to achieve a sustainable world. For further information see: http://www.earthprint.com/go.htm?to=9286IIED

 

ONLINE LIBRARY OF WSSD DOCUMENTS LAUNCHED
An extensive online library of civil society documents produced in relation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) has been launched. Developed by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Northern Alliance for Sustainability (ANPED), this library contains approximately 700 MB worth of documents, searchable by title or by the organization that produced it. The library is located at: http://www.wssd-and-civil-society.org/  

 

THE METRO: AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN LARGE CITIES
(UITP, November 2003) This position paper by the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) aims to make the case for finding appropriate new funding measures for developing metro systems in large cities, arguing that the metro is the most efficient mode of transport in terms of energy consumption and space occupancy. The paper is available online in English, French, German and Spanish at: http://www.uitp.com/mediaroom/index2.htm

 

INTERGOVERNMENTAL NEGOTIATIONS AND DECISION MAKING AT THE UNITED NATIONS: A GUIDE
(United Nations, November 2003) This guide, prepared by the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) with Gretchen Sidhu, seeks to provide practical information to individuals and organizations that are interested in understanding the nature and dynamics of intergovernmental decision making at the United Nations. It presents information on key UN bodies and processes, details the life-cycle of a decision, different types of meetings, the system that supports negotiations and how new processes begin, chronicles the government blocs that form the negotiating system at the UN, explains how different kinds of UN documents are numbered and where to find them, and offers definitions of different UN decisions, including how they are commonly used and the level of their political significance. It also examines the basics for accreditation to attend UN meetings and strategies for participation and follow-up during and after a meeting. The entire text can be downloaded by visiting http://www.unsystem.org/ngls/d_making.htm.

 

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF ECOTOURISM - A COMPILATION OF GOOD PRACTICES IN SMES
(World Tourism Organization, 2003) This World Tourism Organization publication compiles 65 case studies received from 47 countries about exemplary practices in small ecotourism businesses. It is the third of a series of good practice compilations and was prepared in the follow up to the International Year of Ecotourism 2002. The publication is available in English, Spanish and French. For more information, visit: http://www.world-tourism.org/sustainable/IYE/doc-pub.htm

 

ECOLEX
(December 2003) The world’s most comprehensive environmental law database has been launched online. ECOLEX combines the legal libraries of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), IUCN-the World Conservation Union, and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), providing online access to over 100,000 legal references. The information in the system covers treaties, national legislation, soft law and other non-binding policy and technical guidance documents, judicial decisions, and law and policy literature. ECOLEX also includes a significant number of legal references from developing countries, with over 120 developing countries having provided input to the system. ECOLEX is located at: http://www.ecolex.org/

 

SELF-REGULATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT - GUIDELINES SET BY WORLD INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS FOR THEIR MEMBERS’ FIRMS: AN UPDATE 1996–2003
(UNCTAD, December 2003) This report updates a 1996 effort to appraise the environmental guidelines of world industry associations. In examining the current guidelines of world industry associations, the monograph looks at global environmental management, environmentally sound production and consumption patterns, risks and hazards minimization, and full cost accounting.  The review states that the commitments to self-regulation that were made at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 have been strengthened by major industry associations in some but not all areas. Increased interest in environmental reporting and in broadening stakeholder communication has been seen in the extractive industry sectors. In contrast, other areas, such as those relating to phase-out of hazardous waste and full cost accounting, have received few policy commitments. The report is available at: http://www.unctad.org/en/docs/iteipc20033_en.pdf

 

UN-NGLS LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
The United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) has launched its new website. The new website seeks to provide civil society organizations with the latest information on the work of the UN System, its agencies and relevant intergovernmental processes.  In addition to accessing NGLS publications, visitors can also obtain a number of featured UN publications and civil society reports, including official reports on the status of the implementation of major commitments undertaken at UN conferences over the last decade. The site is located at: http://www.unsystem.org/ngls
 

VIRTUAL JOURNAL ON ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
(Elsevier, 2003) The Virtual Journal of Environmental Sustainability lists articles published in Elsevier journals that contain an environmental sustainability component. Listed on a monthly basis, the articles are selected on the basis of their potential to highlight interesting and important developments in the area of environmental sustainability. More information can be found at: http://www.elsevier.com/vj/sustainability

 

THE STATE OF FOOD INSECURITY IN THE WORLD 2003
(FAO, 2003) This Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) publication monitors progress towards the World Food Summit and Millennium Development Goal to reduce the number of undernourished people. It provides estimates of worldwide hunger and examines trends in developing countries and countries in transition, and considers the relationships between food insecurity and HIV/AIDS and between water and food security. A special feature examines the relationship between international trade and food security. It concludes with a look at the multiple uses of water for improving diets and incomes, an identification of the keys to sustainable nutrition programmes, and an examination of what is needed to mobilize commitment and combat hunger. The text can be accessed through: http://www.fao.org/docrep/006/j0083e/j0083e00.htm

 

WATER PRODUCTIVITY IN AGRICULTURE: LIMITS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT
(CABI Publishing, 2003) This publication is the first in a series by the Comprehensive Assessment of Water Management in Agriculture (CA), a global research programme that began in 2001 to address the issue of global water scarcity by taking stock of the investments made in water management in agriculture over the past 50 years. The text, edited by J.W. Kijne, R. Barker and D. Molden, is aimed at water managers, technical advisors and researchers and focuses on both irrigated and rain-fed agriculture. It outlines recommendations that will contribute to greater water productivity in food production and highlights improvements that need to be made in the management of irrigation systems, including policy and institutional reform needed within and outside the water sector at national and regional levels. For more information, see: http://www.iwmi.cgiar.org/assessment/index.asp?nc=3448&id=892

 

LEGAL REGULATION OF THE EFFECTS OF MILITARY ACTIVITY ON THE ENVIRONMENT
(Erich Schmidt Verlag, December 2003) First presented to UNEP Executive Director Klaus Töpfer by German Environment Minister Jürgen Trittin at the Second International Conference on Early Warning, this study addresses environmental protection and international law under conditions of war. The study, prepared by Daniel Bodansky on behalf of the German Federal Environmental Agency, finds that while multilateral environmental agreements serve to protect the environment at times of peace, existing international law offers limited protection against the threats of war to the environment. By reviewing the adequacy of the law of war and of the general principles of international law to protect the environment, the study recommends several possibilities to better consider environmental concerns in times of conflict and assesses the feasibility of the suggestions. Proposals include strengthening existing rules of international humanitarian law and extending the applicability of international environmental law in times of internal and international conflict. More information is available at: http://www.esv.info/3503078193.htm
 

TUNZA: ACTING FOR A BETTER WORLD
(Earthprint, 2003) The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) developed this publication to stimulate environmental action among young people. Young people from around the world helped produce it. The book seeks to increase young people’s awareness on environmental issues and to provide them with tips on how to address the issues in their communities. For more information, visit http://www.earthprint.com/go.htm?to=3310

 

FAITH IN CONSERVATION: NEW APPROACHES TO RELIGION AND THE ENVIRONMENT
(World Bank, October 2003) Martin Palmer and Victoria Finlay wrote this joint project of the World Bank and the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC), as part of the World Bank’s Directions in Development series. The book examines how different religions perceive the world, how these worldviews shape environmental policy, and how the great faiths of the world use mythology, sacred texts and cutting edge investment strategies to preach their messages.
According to the authors, scientific data and knowledge are not compelling enough to protect the earth’s natural resources, noting that environmental movements based on a wealth of scientific data have made little progress in reversing the trend of unsustainable development. The authors conclude that the environmental crisis is a crisis of the mind and suggest turning to the major religions of the world to provide a framework of values and beliefs to render environmental information useful for conservation purposes. More information can be accessed at http://www.arcworld.org/books.asp?sectionID=1

 

DIALOGUE ON GLOBALIZATION
This website focuses on different topics and threads of the globalization debate, comprising sections that consider topics such as the WTO and development, global finance, and the social dimension. The site presents a variety of publications ranging from briefing papers to in-depth-studies, including a section on voices from the south. The Dialogue on Globalization is part of the international work of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung – a German non-profit institution dedicated to the principles of social democracy. The website is located at: http://www.fes.de/globalization

 

SHARED SPACES
Published quarterly by the Netherlands Ministry of Spatial Planning, Housing and the Environment (VROM), Shared Spaces is a forum for exchanging views and ideas on best practices in the policy fields of VROM. The latest edition addresses the challenges of environmental enforcement around the world. Topics discussed include: the merits of a federal/pan-European approach versus local action; the impact of anti-terrorist protection on enforcement; and the role of the big business lobby in setting the environmental agenda. Readers will also encounter the perspectives of enforcement bodies from the Netherlands and less well-funded countries such as Lithuania, The Philippines and Costa Rica explaining the practical challenges and frustrations of enforcement. This publication is available at: http://www.sharedspaces.nl/

 

INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL COOPERATION: POLITICS AND DIPLOMACY IN PACIFIC ASIA
(University Press of Colorado, 2002) Written by Paul G. Harris, this book brings together studies of international environmental politics in the Pacific Asia region. The first section of the book examines issues and actors impacting international environmental cooperation, highlighting themes such as cooperation between developed and developing countries, international justice, and regional environmental security. This section also illustrates key features of specific multilateral environmental agreements and the competing interests of important national bodies, international organizations, multinational corporations, and nongovernmental entities. The second section focuses on environmental diplomacy and regime-building in Pacific Asia, examining issues such as acid rain, nuclear waste, deforestation, and conflict over regional seas. More information is available at: http://www.upcolorado.com/bookdetail.asp?isbn=0-87081-678-0

 

ECOSYSTEMS AND HUMAN WELL-BEING
(Island Press, Sept 2003) This report is the first product of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. The eight-chapter, 245-page report, which was written by 61 scientists, presents the approaches, assumptions, processes and parameters that the scientists participating in the assessment will use to evaluate the situation of ecosystems worldwide. The most extensive study ever of the linkages between the world’s ecosystems and human well-being, the MA is a four year effort that aims to establish the scientific basis for actions needed to enhance the contribution of ecosystems to human well-being without undermining their long-term productivity. Its research results will be published beginning in late 2004 in a series of four in-depth reports and up to seven shorter studies intended for decision-makers in government, the private sector, and civil society groups.
Summaries in six UN languages are available at http://www.millenniumassessment.org/2/products.aspx along with ordering information for the complete report.

 

LEADING CHANGE TOWARD SUSTAINABILITY: A CHANGE-MANAGEMENT GUIDE FOR BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY
(Greenleaf, September 2003)
This book presents Bob Doppelt’s research on how the leaders of organizations designed and approached sustainability programmes. The 14-chapter text first reviews why some organizations succeed and others fail and then turns to identifying how changes can be accomplished. He finds that organizational and cultural change are critical for operationalizing sustainability efforts and highlights governance and leadership as two key areas for changing organizational culture. To view Chapter 5 (“Sustainability, governance and organizational change”) and William McDonough’s “Foreword” online, see:
http://www.greenleaf-publishing.com/catalogue/leadchg.htm

 

UNEP LAUNCHES FRENCH WEBSITE
The United Nations Environment Programme has launched a French version of its website. This new resource is available at: http://www.unep.org/french/

 

WORLD DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2004: MAKING SERVICES WORK FOR POOR PEOPLE
(World Bank, September 2003) This World Bank report cautions that significant improvements in human welfare will not be achieved unless poor people receive greater access to affordable and better quality services in health, education, water, sanitation and electricity. While stating that key services often fall short of providing for the poor, the report also gives examples of where services have been successful and stresses how success is dependent on the level of involvement of poor people in determining the quality and quantity of services they receive. The report also provides examples of how services are failing poor people and suggests ways in which services can be improved. While recognizing problems with public services, the report does not encourage privatizing all social services. The report concludes that there is no “silver bullet” solution and that the type of service delivery mechanism needs to be adapted to characteristics of the service and circumstances of the country. The report can be downloaded at: http://econ.worldbank.org/wdr/wdr2004/

 

WORLD DISASTER REDUCTION INFORMATION KIT
The 2003 World Disaster Reduction Campaign information kit provides information related to the campaign theme of “Living with Risk: Turning the Tide on Disasters towards Sustainable Development.” Special emphasis is given to activities that highlight the importance of reducing the impacts of water-related hazards. The information kit is available at: http://www.unisdr.org/unisdr/campaign2003/campaign2003.htm

 

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FOR THE SECOND WORLD: UKRAINE AND THE NATIONS IN TRANSITION
(Worldwatch Institute, September 2003) Written by Viktor Vovk, this 56 page publication looks at how the second world – the former Soviet Union and its Central and Eastern European outposts – can move toward sustainable development. Noting the difficult transition following the collapse of communism, which included a period of predatory capitalism and declining living standards, Vovk recognizes this transition as an opportunity for nations of the second world to change their course of development and institute reforms according to the principles of sustainable development. The paper is available at: http://www.worldwatch.org/pubs/paper/167/

 

ECOSYSTEMS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IV
(WIT Press, 2003) Edited by E. Tiezzi, C.A. Brebbia and J-L. USO, this two volume set contains most of the contributions presented at the Fourth International Conference on Ecosystems and Sustainable Development that was held in Siena, Italy from 4-6 June 2003, and which sought to integrate thermodynamics, ecology and economics into “ecodynamics” – an approach emphasizing that biodiversity is at the core of sustainability. Topics covered in the books include: ecosystems modeling; conservation and management of endangered areas; environmental management;  sustainability indicators and certification; sustainable chemistry and waste management; sustainable development issues; biodiversity; economic issues; energy generation and conservation; landscapes; mathematical and system modeling; recovery of damaged areas; soil and agricultural issues; water resources; forestation; and air pollution and the greenhouse effect. Information on the Conference can be found at: http://www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2003/ecosud03/index.html, and the two volume set is available at: http://www.witpress.com/acatalog/8341.html

 

WORLDWATCH LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
The Worldwatch Institute has redesigned it website. Highlights of the new site include: a new homepage; an interactive map and guide to all global partners and foreign language editions of Worldwatch publications; a resource center featuring links to Worldwatch research; a new Press Room, featuring a fully searchable archive of Worldwatch press releases; and Worldwatch live - an online discussion forum where visitors to the site can talk to Worldwatch researchers. The Worldwatch site is located at: http://www.worldwatch.org/

 

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: CASE STUDY
(June 2003) Authored by Qasem Alnewashi, this book looks at improving environmental education in developing countries through a case study of Jordan. The book is divided into three parts that lay the context for the topic, present a case study surveying the status of formal and informal education in Jordan, and consider the results of the case study and how to improve environmental education in developing countries. For more details contact: newashi@web.de or qasem17@yahoo.com.

 

WORLD RESOURCES 2002-2004: DECISIONS FOR THE EARTH: BALANCE, VOICE, AND POWER
(World Bank, UNDP, UNEP and World Resources Institute, July 2003) This tenth biennial report on global environmental and development issues focuses on the importance of good environmental governance by exploring how citizens, government managers and business owners can foster better environmental decisions that meet the needs of people and ecosystems with equity and balance. The report argues that greater transparency and accountability can lead to fairer and more effective management of natural resources. It calls on governments to include the public in decisions that affect ecosystems and urges integration of environmental impacts into economic decision-making. It also identifies public access to information from governments, business, and non-governmental organizations as a necessary precursor to improved environmental performance. For more information, and to download the text in PDF format, visit http://pubs.wri.org/pubs_description.cfm?PubID=3764

 

INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY IN AFRICA
(Kluwer Academic Publishers, June 2003) Beatrice Chaytor and Kevin R. Gray edited this collection of essays on environmental law and policy in Africa from experts within and outside the region. The text seeks to demonstrate how African countries are responding to their international environmental obligations contained in instruments such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention to Combat Desertification. The essays are divided into three sections: multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs); natural resources sector management; and the development of law and policy instruments. For more information visit: http://www.wkap.nl/prod/b/1-4020-1287-X  

 

THE 21ST CENTURY NGO: IN THE MARKET FOR CHANGE
(SustainAbility, June 2003) Seb Beloe, John Elkington, Katie Fry and Sue Newell authored this report, which details the results of a global study of the NGO landscape. In addition to identifying 21 internal and external challenges for international NGOs, the report: examines market and political changes that are driving a “paradigm shift”; describes challenges facing NGO boards; explores NGO engagement with business; and asks how successful NGOs are likely to be in bringing change to market. For more information or to purchase the report visit: http://www.sustainability.com/publications/latest/21C-ngo.asp

 

SWITCHED ON: RENEWABLE ENERGY OPPORTUNITIES IN THE TOURISM INDUSTRY
(UNEP, June 2003) This handbook by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) explores how clean and renewable forms of energy can sustainably power the expanding tourism sector. It offers the latest information on solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and biomass (plant and animal matter) resources and demonstrates how tourism business powered by renewable energy can reduce environmental impacts, generate benefits for local communities and, often, lower costs. The handbook can help small and medium-sized tourism businesses assess these systems and technologies. It can also be used as a reference manual by policy makers seeking to develop sustainable consumption projects or policies. The handbook is available through http://www.uneptie.org/pc/tourism/library/energy.htm, or visit http://www.uneptie.org/tourism

 

THE IMPACT OF OECD MEMBERS’ AGRICULTURAL SUBSIDIES ON WELFARE AND FOOD SECURITY IN SUB-SAHARAN: THE CASE OF MAIZE
(Hunger Task Force of the Millennium Project and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, May 2003) Maria Soledad Bos prepared this policy analysis, which evaluates the impacts of OECD agricultural subsidies for maize on welfare and food security in Sub-Saharan Africa. The study asks two main questions: 1) How would Sub-Saharan African farmers and consumers be affected by a decline in OECD agricultural subsidies? and, 2) How would a decline in agricultural subsidies affect food security in Sub-Saharan Africa? The author concludes that a decline in subsidies in OECD countries using the case of maize will have a negative net welfare effect on all countries under consideration. The effect of declining agricultural subsidies on food security is undetermined, as the increase in production will improve it but the decline in consumption of maize will harm it. However, it is difficult to predict how consumers will substitute cheaper food in the face of rising maize prices. The report is available at: http://www.ictsd.org/issarea/ag/resources/ImpactMaizeSubsidiesOnSSA.pdf

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
(Greener Management International, Issue 38) This special theme issue, edited by Michael Schaper, Curtin University of Technology, Australia, examines questions related to the role that entrepreneurial individuals have to play in the adoption of more sustainable business practices. The nine papers consider the essence of Ecopreneurship, develop a typology of green entrepreneurs, examine barriers for start-up entrepreneurs and present case studies from various perspectives. The introductory chapter and paper entitled “The Making of the Ecopreneur” (by Robert Isaak, Pace University, US), plus abstracts of all the papers and ordering instructions can be accessed at: http://www.greenleaf-publishing.com/gmi/gmi38.htm

 

UNFOLDING STAKEHOLDER THINKING 2: RELATIONSHIPS, COMMUNICATION, REPORTING AND PERFORMANCE
(May 2003, Greenleaf) This 13-chapter book, edited by Joerg Andriof, Sandra Waddock, Bryan Husted and Sandra Sutherland Rahman, offers essays that focus on the practice of stakeholder engagement in terms of relationship management, communication, reporting and performance. This book is the companion to “Unfolding Stakeholder Thinking: Theory, Responsibility and Engagement” (October 2002), which examined theoretical and normative issues.
The first part of the book examines a range of corporate-NGO collaborations to determine what makes them effective and what makes them fail. It identifies the need for companies, considered as the focal entity, to actively communicate with stakeholders, manage their relationships and listen to the messages that stakeholders are sending them. The second part of the book examines schemes for the assessment, measurement and reporting of business in society and relationships involving stakeholders, including social auditing and sustainability reporting. To view the “Introduction” and Chapter 6 on “State of the Union: NGO-Business Partnership Stakeholders” (by Jonathan Cohen), or to order the text, visit: http://www.greenleaf-publishing.com/catalogue/unfold2.htm

 

ALIGNING COMMITMENTS: PUBLIC PARTICIPATION, INTERNATIONAL DECISION-MAKING, AND THE ENVIRONMENT
(World Resources Institute, 2003) This 24-page report by Crescencia Maurer, with Suzanne Ehlers and Andrew Buchman, surveys public participation policies “across a range of international institutions and environmental agreements to better understand whether opportunities exist for meaningful participation in international decisions that affect the environment.” The authors conclude that policies on public participation are becoming the norm, but public participation at the national level is uniformly weak and domestic stakeholders have limited ability to influence international decisions that affect their environment. The report can be accessed online at: http://governance.wri.org/pubs_description.cfm?PubID=3796

 

BALTIC 21 REPORT 2000-2002: TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE BALTIC SEA REGION
(Baltic 21, June 2003) This report is a comprehensive guide regarding sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region and addresses the three dimensions of sustainable development - environmental, economic and social. It describes the Region’s progress towards the Baltic 21 sustainable development goals, which were adopted by Baltic 21’s 11 governments and other members. Baltic 21 is a multi-stakeholder forum for co-operation for sustainable development in the Baltic Sea Region initiated by the region’s Heads of State and Government. The report’s conclusions include support for the multi-stakeholder character of Baltic 21 and recommendations for further involvement of civil society. The report also emphasizes the instrumental role of commitment, allocation of resources and support of sectoral ministries in pursuit of sustainable development within each sector. The enlargement of the EU is noted to be one of the major future challenges to regional cooperation. To obtain further information or to download the report visit: http://www.baltic21.org

 

ADDRESSING ENVIRONMENTAL RISKS IN CENTRAL ASIA: RISKS, POLICIES, CAPACITIES
(Adelphi Research, 2003) Prepared by Alexander Carius, Moira Feil and Dennis Tänzler on behalf of UNDP, this study explores the potential threats to human development and security emanating from environmental risks in five Central Asian states. It describes the socio-economic context, and institutional and policy framework available to address such risks in the five countries. The report is available in English and Russian at: http://www.adelphi-research.de/projektberichte/UNDP_Governance_english.pdf and http://www.adelphi-research.de/projektberichte/UNDP_Governance_russian.pdf.

 

TOWARDS A GIS-BASED ANALYSIS OF MOUNTAIN ENVIRONMENTS AND POPULATIONS
(FAO, May 2003) This UN survey was carried out with the aim of helping policymakers develop strategies to help vulnerable communities address agricultural and environmental challenges. The survey was prepared using the latest geographic information system (GIS) technology and newly available GIS maps and databases. It employed the latest global mapping technology to study the effects of climate change, overgrazing and deforestation on the people and economies of mountain ecosystems, producing a detailed snapshot of environmental conditions and providing new insight into how rural mountain families secure their livelihoods. A summary report and more information is available at: http://www.mountains2002.org/files/pdf/mountain.booklet.summary.final.en.pdf

 

PROMOTING THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS IN ASIA AND THE PACIFIC: MEETING THE CHALLENGES OF POVERTY REDUCTION
(UNESCAP and UNDP, 2003) The first-ever regional report on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) finds that despite having achieved “one of the largest decreases in mass poverty in human history,” the Asia-Pacific region is still faced with the need to enhance basic education, gender equality, child health, maternal mortality and environmental sustainability. Identified in the report as key obstacles to poverty reduction and attainment of the other MDGs in the region, are slow economic growth, declining official development assistance, uneven distribution of income, and unfavorable social conditions. The report further indicates that declines in aid flows to the least developed countries are “unacceptable” and urges reform of the international trade system to assist the poorest countries. It further recommends combining market-based incentives with pro-poor measures that enhance the capacity of the poor to take advantage of new opportunities, while also ensuring adequate social protection for the most vulnerable groups. The report is available at: http://www.unescap.org/LDC&Poverty/MDG.asp

 

THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS
(UNDP Development Policy Journal, April 2003) UNDP has published a series of articles on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Organized under three sections - goals and targets; sustainable development and the MDGs; and global partnerships – the articles address a range of issues, such as whether the MDGs are feasible, capacity building for monitoring the MDGs, financing, and mainstreaming development in trade and finance. It also considers gender and HIV dimensions of poverty, and the environmental and poverty nexus. The report can be downloaded from: http://www.undp.org/dpa/publications/DPJ3Final1.pdf

 

UNEP INDUSTRY AND ENVIRONMENT – SHOPPING FOR A BETTER WORLD: SUSTAINABILITY AND RETAILING
(UNEP-DTIE, January-March 2003) A recent issue of UNEP-DTIE’s quarterly review Industry and Environment focuses on sustainability in the retail world, and how consumers can be encouraged to consume more sustainably. It opens with facts and figures of the retail world, and contains papers addressing a range of issues, such as how Europe’s retail sector helps promote sustainable production and consumption, and the social dimension of sustainable development and the retail sector. It also presents case studies on Finland’s Kesko, Marks and Spencer, Switzerland’s Coop, UK’s Safeway, the METRO Group, the Musgrave Group, Pick ’n Pay, and the Ito Yokado concept of sustainability. The report is available at: http://www.uneptie.org/media/review/vol26no1/UNEP0103.PDF

 

UNEP DESK STUDY ON ENVIRONMENT IN IRAQ

(UNEP, April 2003) UNEP’s Post Conflict Assessment Unit prepared this report to contribute to international efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to Iraq. It is based on published and online information sources, with heavy reliance on media reports and military briefings for the most recent conflict. The report offers a preliminary assessment of the main environmental threats facing the country and recommends actions for immediate relief and long-term recovery. The report stresses the need for urgent measures to address humanitarian issues. Priorities should include restoring the water supply and sanitation systems, cleaning-up possible pollution ‘hot spots’ and cleaning-up waste sites to reduce the risk of disease epidemics from accumulated municipal and medical wastes. Recommendations include conducting environmental impact assessments, using environmentally friendly technologies for major reconstruction projects and maximizing the exchange of information between key stakeholders to avoid accidental further risks to human health and the environment. The Desk Study is available at http://postconflict.unep.ch. See http://www.unep.org for environmental data and documents on conflict and environment in the region.

 

POVERTY AND VULNERABILITY IN SOUTH ASIA
(World Bank 2003) Stating that people living in poverty are more vulnerable to risks and that poor people lack the means of coping with these risks, this new World Bank report suggests a range of new and existing innovative policies and programmes to combat the cycle of poverty and vulnerability. Highlighted are: short-term employment or public works schemes to reduce vulnerability following seasonal downturns and community-wide shocks; need-based assistance programmes; microfinance, particularly group-lending schemes; and innovative community-based insurance initiatives. The report also underscores the importance of savings in reducing risks, noting that community-based efforts have been effective in mobilizing savings of poor people in certain areas, and suggests incorporating a social protection strategy into every country’s poverty reduction plan. More information is available online at: http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/NEWS/0,,contentMDK:
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CAPACITY BUILDING FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: AN OVERVIEW OF UNEP ENVIRONMENTAL CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
(UNEP, March 2003) This 164 page booklet describes the broad scope of UNEP capacity building initiatives for sound environmental management. It contains a series of examples of areas in which UNEP works, and the activities it performs within those areas, providing a sense of how UNEP supports the environmental pillar of sustainable development. The report is available online at: http://www.gpa.unep.org/Training/documents/UNEP%20Capacity%20Building%20Book.pdf

 

INTERACTIVE WEBSITE ON PERSIAN GULF COUNTRIES
(World Resource Institute 2003) WRI’S Earth Trends has created a website covering economic, social, and environmental information on Iraq and other Persian Gulf countries. The site contains country profiles, global oil statistics, data on watersheds and other statistics for each country in the Middle East. See http://www.wri.org/iraq/index.html for more information and links to the profiles and data.
 

TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE AVIATION
(Earthscan, March 2003) Callum Thomas, David Raper, Paul Upham and Janet Maughan edited this 13-chapter collection that focuses on the environmental consequences of air transportation. Thirty authors offer their perspectives on trends and issues, mitigations and potential solutions, and multisector commentaries with analyses of technological, policy and management issues. For more information see: http://www.earthscan.co.uk/asp/bookdetails.asp?key=3892

 

BUYING INTO THE ENVIRONMENT: EXPERIENCES, OPPORTUNITIES AND POTENTIAL FOR ECO-PROCUREMENT
(Greenleaf Publishing, April 2003) This 14-chapter volume, edited by Christoph Erdmenger, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), resulted from the research segment of the RELIEF project, funded by the EU’s ‘City of Tomorrow and Cultural Heritage’ programme, which was established to define the potential of eco-procurement and to develop a strategy for change in Europe. A further stage - to design a Europe-wide action plan – will follow in 2004. The first chapter, “Public purchasing: a new, old policy tool,” can be downloaded or the book can be ordered online at: http://www.greenleaf-publishing.com/catalogue/buying.htm
 

THE FUTURE OF THE CSD: SURVEY REPORT
(Stakeholder Forum, April 2003) This report was prepared to feed into the deliberations at the eleventh session of the CSD. It presents the responses received to a survey regarding stakeholder preferences for future CSD agendas, participation and institutional mechanisms. For agenda items, respondents preferred Agenda 21, CSD and WSSD commitments rather than the WEHAB issues. The option for convening international, regional and subregional workshops supporting implementation processes was popular and respondents supported the increased involvement of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organization in the follow-up to Johannesburg, with the majority agreeing that these institutions should report their activities to ECOSOC. The 18-page report can be accessed at http://www.earthsummit2002.org/csd-survey-web.pdf

 

JUST SUSTAINABILITIES: DEVELOPMENT IN AN UNEQUAL WORLD

(Earthscan, 2003) This book, edited by Julian Agyeman, Robert D. Bullard and Bob Evans, argues that social and environmental justice within and between nations should be an integral part of the policies and agreements that promote sustainable development. It addresses the links between environmental quality and human equality and between sustainability and environmental justice. The 15 chapters address the topics of anthropocentrism, biotechnology, bioprospecting, biocultural assimilation, deep and radical ecology, ecological debt, ecological democracy, ecological footprints, ecological modernization, feminism and gender, globalization, participatory research, place, identity and legal rights, precaution, risk society, selective victimization, and valuation. For more information visit: http://www.earthscan.co.uk/asp/bookdetails.asp?key=3845

 

DIVISION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT LAUNCHES REDESIGNED WEBSITE
The Division for Sustainable Development is pleased to announce the launch of its redesigned website located at: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/index.html

 

GREENIOLOGY - HOW TO LIVE WELL, BE GREEN AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Touted as the definitive ‘how to help the environment’ guide, this publication shows ordinary people how they can help the environment in their day to day lives. The book can be purchased online at: http://www.allenandunwin.com/shopping/product.asp?ISBN=186508929X

 

THE WORLD COMES TO ONE COUNTRY
(Heinrich Böll Foundation, 2003) Authored by Victor Munnik and Jessica Wilson, this publication attempts to find out what happened at the WSSD from a civil society perspective. The book analyses the relationship between South African civil society and the South African government, offering a glimpse of the nature of civil society in the South, and the role it could play in global governance. The book is available online at: http://www.emg.org.za/pages/EMGPublications.htm

 

MEASURING SUSTAINABILITY: LEARNING FROM DOING
(Earthscan, February 2003) In their newest book, Simon Bell and Stephen Morse, who also wrote Sustainability Indicators (1999), present practical advice on how to develop measurements that will work in real-life development contexts. They describe and analyze how to derive, validate and apply indicators in the course of an actual development project – in this case the Mediterranean Action Plan in Malta. Further information on this six chapter text, including ordering details, can be accessed through: http://www.earthscan.co.uk/asp/bookdetails.asp?key=3886&field=new

 

FREE MARKET: AT WHAT COST? INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
(IIED, February 2003) In this book, Nicola Borregaard, CIPMA, Chile, and Mark Halle, IISD, Switzerland, review what has gone wrong in the process of trade liberalization and offer some remedies. The research concludes that the sense of threat felt by people in the social and environment fields is very real. For an international trade system to be sustainable, the following recommendations are offered: harness trade and economic growth so that they support the fundamental principles of sustainable development – greater social equity and the sustainable use of natural resources; ensure that the trade policy process is open to all legitimate stakeholders, not just narrow commercial interests; increase support to developing countries to enable them to take advantage of more open trade; and develop initiatives such as the Sustainable Trade Centre, which can demonstrate that sustainable development is a means to greater equity in world trade, not a barrier. A review of the text can be found at http://www.id21.org/society/s7bnb2g1.html

 

SUPPORTING AFRICA’S EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: DIALOGUES AT THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL
(UN ECOSOC, 2003) The Division for ECOSOC Support and Coordination prepared this book in collaboration with the Office of the Special Coordinator for Africa and the Least Developed Countries, the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations. It is based on the UN Secretary-General’s report to the High-level Segment of the Economic and Social Council on the role of the UN in supporting the efforts of African countries to achieve sustainable development. It also draws on the debates and outcome of the Council’s session and a series of panels organized in preparation for the session. The statements are organized into four chapters: key issues for African development; coordinating UN system support for African development; the High-level Segment; and NGO contributions to the High-level Segment. The text can be accessed through: http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ecosoc/SupportingAfrica’sEfforts.pdf

 

DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: VICTIMS OF PARTICIPANTS – THEIR CHANGING ROLE IN INTERNATIONAL NEGOTIATIONS
(Overseas Development Institute 2003) In this paper, Sheila Page asks whether developing countries can participate effectively in international negotiations, what lessons can be learned from past negotiations, and whether international institutions or donors can help. The paper also explores the implications of more extensive and effective participation in such negotiations for the way these negotiations are conducted. The paper can be downloaded by visiting: http://www.odi.org.uk/iedg/Publications/index.html

 

PROGRESS OR PERIL? PARTNERSHIPS AND NETWORKS IN GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL GOVERNANCE. THE POST-JOHANNESBURG AGENDA
(Global Public Policy institute 2003) Jan Martin Witte, Thorsten Benner and Charlotte Streck edited this collection, which speaks to the ongoing debate about Type II partnerships and pinpoints the challenges the partnership agenda faces. It combines essays from researchers and policymakers from all sectors – public, private, and civil society – who offer their analyses and viewpoints. With this book, the Global Public Policy institute (GPPi) hopes to provide a balanced perspective on current discussions in the post-Johannesburg context. More importantly, the institute hopes to push the debate forward by injecting some fresh thinking and specific action recommendations for the creation and management of partnerships.

The text’s nine chapters can be downloaded by visiting: http://www.gppi.net/index.php?page=cms&id=151

 

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND THE NATION STATE: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2001 BERLIN CONFERENCE ON THE HUMAN DIMENSIONS OF GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
(Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, 2002) Frank Biermann, Rainer Brohm and Klaus Dingwerth edited this report, which contains 50 papers from 96 presentations at the 2001 Berlin Conference on the Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change. These papers examine the role of the nation state in environmental policy and how issues such as new environmental law, sovereignty and a new role of NGOs and IGOs could develop as new environmental concerns emerge. To access this report visit: http://www.glogov.org/publications/bc2001/index.html

 

INDIAN ENVIRONMENT ONLINE
Indian Environment Online is a new website launched by the Society for Environmental Information and Sustainable Development (SEISD), New Delhi. It contains links to news, articles, press releases and resources related to the environment in India. For more information contact: M. Tamil Selvan, Editor, Indian Environment Online, Society for Environmental Information and Sustainable Development (SEISD), New Delhi; e-mail: editor@indianenvironmentonline.net; Internet: http://indianenvironmentonline.net
 

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ONLINE
Sustainable Development Online (SDO) seeks to map the continually changing and vital area of sustainable development and to provide access to significant websites built by organizations supporting the move towards sustainable development. It is a free web portal that is regularly updated and offers a comprehensive resource for policy makers, NGOs, academics and business people alike. SDO has recently added 16 additional TOOLS and 20 additional EVENTS. For further information see:

http://sd-online.ewindows.eu.org/

 

INTERNETWORK FOR SUSTAINABILITY

The InterNetwork for Sustainability is a web based data and information center dedicated to sustainable development issues. It aims to make information on sustainable development visible and easily accessible. This resources is available at: http://www.insnet.org

 

THE GLOBAL ACCOUNTABILITY REPORT: POWER WITHOUT ACCOUNTABILITY?

(One World Trust, 2003). In this report, Hetty Kovach, Caroline Neligan and Simon Burall compare the degree to which 18 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) and transnational corporations (TNCs) can be held accountable to their stakeholders (both internal and external). Rankings are based on access to information and member control of governance. The report can be accessed through: http://www.oneworldtrust.org/Ch99/htmlGAP/report/report.htm

 

STATE OF THE WORLD 2003
(Worldwatch Institute, 2003) The 2003 release represents the 20th anniversary edition of Worldwatch�s classic evaluation of the state of the world. The text argues that past successes�such as the elimination of smallpox and the encouraging drop in birth rates in many countries�prove that humanity is capable of redirecting itself in positive ways. Substantive chapters examine the disappearance of birds, links between population, women and biodiversity, efforts to combat malaria, energy technologies, mining dependence, urban issues, and engaging religion for sustainable development. For more information on the text and how to order it see: http://worldwatch.org/pubs/sow/2003/.

 

FOREIGN AID IN THE NATIONAL INTEREST: PROMOTING FREEDOM, SECURITY, AND OPPORTUNITY

(USAID January 2003) This USAID policy report stresses the critical link between national security and foreign assistance and lays out a framework for development in the coming decades. The report�s six chapters discuss: promoting democratic governance; driving economic growth; changing health needs; mitigating and managing conflict; providing humanitarian aid; and the full measure of foreign aid. Development scholars and academics outside USAID, including Larry Diamond of the Hoover Institute, Michael Porter of Harvard, Peter Timmer of University of California-San Diego and Carol Adelman of the Hudson Institute, served as primary authors. The report seeks to capture accomplishments to date and the state of the art in development strategy as it educates about the state of development assistance and fosters discussion about the challenges that lie ahead. The report can be accessed through: http://www.usaid.gov/fani/

 

SC.NET � UNEP'S PLATFORM ON SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION
UNEP has launched a Sustainable Consumption website  http://www.uneptie.org/sustain with information on its follow-up of the Johannesburg decisions on sustainable consumption and production, its Advertising and Communication Forum, the Life-Cycle Initiative, the UN Guidelines on Consumer Protection survey, the joint UNEP/UNESCO youth and sustainable consumption and lifestyles project and product and service design. Most documents and meeting reports are directly downloadable. Through �SC.net,� UNEP and a wide variety of contributors exchange information on the global activities on Sustainable Consumption on a monthly informal basis. For more information, contact: Bas de Leeuw, Coordinator of UNEP's Sustainable Consumption activities; tel: +33-14-437-3009; e-mail: mailto:sc@unep.fr

 

UNEP.NET SOCIOECONOMIC INTERNET PORTAL
The UNEP.Net Socioeconomic portal provides a data and information access service focused on socioeconomic data related to the environment. It contains links to major sources of social and economic assessment information used by UNEP and its partners for integrated environment assessments as part of the GEO process. Offerings include links to policy/strategy documents such as the World Bank�s World Development Report 2003, datasets including UNDP�s Human Development Indicators, and maps and graphics including WHO World Health Maps. The portal is located at: http://socioeconomic.unep.net

 

UNEP�S EUROPEAN REGIONAL INTERNET PORTAL

UNEP has launched a new European-wide environmental portal on the Internet at http://europe.unep.net. The goal of the European Regional Portal is to make available the best existing sources of information on the European environment at regional, sub-regional and national levels. The portal also aims to provide a means of integrating, analyzing and adding value for improved environmental management and related decision-making. For more information, contact: Jaap van Woerden, GEO & Earthwatch Data Coordinator; tel +41-22-9178169/8294; e-mail woerden@grid.unep.ch

 

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