Rio+20, 20 - 22 June 2012
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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The "Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development" (IFSD) is the second of two themes that will be addressed at Rio+20. The need to address International Environmental Governance (IEG) as part of the broader challenge of reforming the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development has been recognized as a priority by the international community for some time, and has been explicitly on the UNEP Governing Council agenda for over a decade.

The current system of international environmental governance, with its maze of interlocking multilateral agreements evolved during the 20th century, is believed by the vast majority to be unsuitable and ill-equipped to meet the risks and deliver the opportunities for the 21st century.

To support the Rio+20 discussions on the institutional framework for sustainable development, UNEP has prepared a series of policy briefs on international environmental governance summarizing key elements of the Nairobi-Helsinki process as well as a broader debate on the governance system, and analyzing how different options might help to overcome identified constraints. To date, the following have been published:

  1. Importance of Environmental Pillar to IFSD
  2. Fragmentation of Environmental Pillar and its Impact on Efficiency and Effectiveness
  3. Country Responsiveness: Implementation and Capacity Support for the Environmental Pillar of IFSD
  4. Legal Questions and Answers on IEG Reforms: World Environment Organisation (WEO) and United Nations Environment Organisation (UNEO)?

Rio+20 is an opportunity to consider the reforming and refocusing of institutions and the bodies that are charged with delivering sustainable development in order to better equip them for a new century. In particular there is a need to strengthen the environmental governance dimension of our activities, including at the global level to achieve a more balanced public policy discourse.

Rio+20 is an opportunity to consider the reforming and refocusing of institutions and the bodies that are charged with delivering sustainable development in order to better equip them for a new century. In particular there is a need to strengthen the environmental governance dimension of our activities, including at the global level to achieve a more balanced public policy discourse.

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