Sorry, folks … I was experimenting with “Storify” and my creation really was far from ready for prime-time live – but I was hoping to see an intermediate step between Storify export and WordPress publish. If there is one, I haven’t found the magic button. So I have deleted that post, at least for now!
In the meantime, you might want to take a look at some highlights (or lowlights, depending on one’s perspective) from the IISD’s Report (apart from headings, all bolds are mine -hro):
SUMMARY OF THE UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: 13-22 June 2012
IV. INSTITUTIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT [IFSD]:
A. Strengthening the Three Dimensions of Sustainable Development: In this subsection, delegates discussed civil society engagement, with differences persisting over the venues for stakeholder involvement and placement of the related text, and on concerns over monitoring roles.
Final Outcome: The document agrees, inter alia, to: strengthen IFSD, including by promoting the “full and effective participation of all countries in decision making processes”; promote the review and stocktaking of progress in implementation of all sustainable development commitments, including those related to MOI [Means of Implementation -hro]; and enhance the participation and “effective engagement” of civil society [civil society is UN-speak for NGOs -hro]. It calls for capacity building especially for developing countries, including in conducting their own monitoring and assessments.
B. Strengthening Intergovernmental Arrangements for Sustainable Development: This subsection includes the UNGA [UN General Assembly -hro], UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), [see my post on this -hro] and the high-level political forum.
Final Outcome: The document calls for the UNGA to further integrate sustainable development in its work, including through high-level dialogues. It commits to strengthening ECOSOC, and looks forward to the Review of the Implementation of General Assembly Resolution 61/16 on the strengthening of ECOSOC.
It decides to establish a universal intergovernmental high-level political forum, building on the CSD and its “inclusive participation modalities” and “subsequently replacing” the CSD. The high-level forum “could,” inter alia: follow up and review progress in the implementation of sustainable development commitments made at previous UN summits and conferences; and strengthen the science-policy interface including in the form of a global sustainable development report. An intergovernmental process under the UNGA will define its format and organizational aspects, with the aim of convening the first high-level forum at the 68th session of the UNGA.
The outcome document also invites the Secretary-General to present a report on the needs of future generations.
I always thought that “sustainable development” rested on “three pillars”. But it seems that the “pillars” have morphed into “dimensions.” Oh well …
There is a section on Climate Change. Here’s the quasi-official word:
Climate change: The text used as a basis for the negotiations in Rio had five heavily bracketed paragraphs on: protection of the climate system for present and future generations; international responses to climate change; funding mobilization; interlinkages among climate change and other issues such as water, energy and food; and short-lived climate pollutants. One particular area of contention was reference to CBDR [Common But Differentiated Responsibilities -hro], with delegations such as the US, Canada, Japan and Australia requesting its deletion and the G-77/China supporting its retention. Among the other issues of divergence were references to specific UNFCCC COPs, disproportionate impact on women, prompt operationalization of the Green Climate Fund, and immediate action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants.
Final Outcome: The subsection on climate change includes three paragraphs on:
• the threat of climate change, vulnerability of developing countries to climate change, and that adaption to climate change represents an immediate and urgent global priority;
• an effective and appropriate international response with a view to accelerate the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions;
• recalling that the UNFCCC provides that parties should protect the climate system on the basis of equity and in accordance with CBDR;
• mobilizing funding and welcoming the launch of the Green Climate Fund; and
• urging parties to implement commitments under the UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol, and to build upon progress achieved including at COP 17 in Durban.
Conspicuous by its absence in the above is any mention of the IPCC. This could be because Chairman Pachauri was occupied with other duties … in the Sustainia tent.
And if you find yourself with time on your hands, you could take a stab at memorizing the “translations” of all the acronyms by perusing the handy Glossary at the bottom of the page.