Coordinating regional sustainable development activities
This strategy features in the framework of Agenda 21 as formulated at UNCED (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), now coordinated by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and implemented through national and local authorities. Agenda 21 recommends that the UN regional economic commissions should play a leading role in coordinating regional and sub-regional activities by sectoral and other UN bodies and should assist countries in achieving sustainable development. These commissions, regional programmes within the UN system, as well as other regional organizations should review the need for modification of ongoing activities in the light of Agenda 21.
[Towards Sustainability: the Fifth EU Environmental Action Programme] was a strategic environmental policy programme for the period 1993-2000 endorsed by the EU member states. The programme laid out the environmental objectives of the EU to the year 2000 and long-term goals beyond 2000. The priority environmental themes of the programme were climate change, acidification and air quality, protection of nature and biodiversity, management of water resources, the urban environment, coastal zones and waste management. The target groups were: industry, energy, transport, agriculture and tourism. A review of the Programme was carried out by the European Commission in 1995. Using this evaluation as a basis, the Commission submitted a proposal to the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament for a revised programme. The proposal gave priority to actions to: (1) integrate the environment into other policies; (2) broaden the range of instruments; (3) improve implementation and enforcement of legislation; (4) raise awareness; and (5) strengthen international cooperation. The Programme provided a strategic framework for the formulation of specific policy proposals by the European Commission.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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