MULTI-YEAR THEMATIC PROGRAMME OF WORK
The proposed programme of work through 1997 was presented in
document E/CN.17/1993/5. In each year from 1994-1996, the following
five cross-sectoral clusters of Agenda 21 will be reviewed:
- Critical elements of sustainability: Chapters 2 (international economic policies); 3 (combatting poverty); 4 (changing consumption patterns); and 5 (demographic dynamics and sustainability).
- Financial resources and mechanisms (Chapter 33).
- Education, science, transfer of environmentally sound technologies, cooperation and capacity-building: Chapters 16 (biotechnology); 34 (technology); 35 (science); 36 (education); and 37 (capacity-building).
- Decision-making structures: Chapters 8 (integrating environment and development in decision making); 38 (international institutional arrangements); 39 (international legal instruments and mechanisms); and 40 (information for decision-making).
In each year particular emphasis will be on different chapters of
Agenda 21 within each of the cross-sectoral clusters. The sectoral
clusters will be reviewed in three phases, as follows:
- Roles of major groups (Chapters 23-32)
- 1994: Health, human settlements and freshwater (Chapters 6, 7, 18 and 21); and Toxic chemicals and hazardous wastes (Chapters 19, 20 and 22).
- 1995: Land, desertification, forests and biodiversity (Chapters 10-15).
The 1997 session will have an overall review and appraisal of
Agenda 21 in preparation for that year's special session of the
General Assembly, as envisaged in resolution 47/190. The division
of Agenda 21 into these clusters was discussed in great detail
during the organizational session in February and the proposed
multi-year thematic programme of work met with little opposition.
- 1996: Atmosphere, oceans and all kinds of seas (Chapters 9 and 17).
The final decision document, E/CN.17/1993/L.4, states that the
Commission will ensure an integrated approach to environment and
development, taking full account of the principles of the Rio
Declaration and all other aspects of UNCED, paragraph 4 of General
Assembly resolution 47/191, as well as of the cross-linkages
between and among sectoral and cross-sectoral components of
relevant chapters of Agenda 21. In carrying out its programme of
work, the CSD will take into account the results of major
intergovernmental events and negotiating processes, with a view to
integrating these activities in the process of review of the
implementation of Agenda 21. The CSD will also take into account
time-frames with regard to specific targets identified in Agenda
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