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39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. W. BRADNEE CHAMBERS First Five Years’’, paper for The United Nations University Conference on the Global Environment in the 21st Century: From Common Challenges to Shared Responsibilities, UNU, 1997. org/html/ documents/summit_docs/131302_wssd_reporti, 4 September 2002, para. 146. Report of the Secretary-General: Renewing the United Nations. Letter of Transmittal to President of General Assembly, 14 July 1997. Ibid. Daniel J. Shepard, ‘‘Linkages between Environment Development and UN Reform’’, Linkages Journal, Vol.

This mechanism was replaced in 1995 by the Inter-Agency Environment Coordination Group (IAECG). 37 The IACSD was crafted in the likeness of the DOEM, so it used a system of focal points between agencies, so-called task managers, with one manager per chapter of Agenda 21. The IAECG was composed of executive heads from each relevant agency and thus was top heavy and less functional in contrast to the IACSD. Also given that Agenda 21 was a comprehensive plan covering almost every environmental issue, including cross-cutting and emerging issues identified at Rio, it left little room for the UNEP to work and added to the ineffectiveness of the IAECG.

However, the principle came without mechanisms to implement it, and it would be 20 years before governments had another chance to think about implementation and creating the appropriate institutional arrangements. By that time, however, the principles of sustainable development would have to be considered in tandem with environmental governance. Rio and institutional coordination deliberations Just as the representatives to Stockholm wrestled with the seemingly competing issues of environment and development,23 so did the policy makers at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio in 1992.

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