ECOSOC Concludes 2009 Substantive Session in Geneva

Aug 05, 2009 No Comments by

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) recently concluded its 2009 substantive session, which took place in Geneva from 6 – 31 July, and produced a number of resolutions on issues ranging from public health, to human rights, to the environment.

One key topic discussed at length during the General Segment of the ECOSOC session was the state of the global environmental governance system. According to a recent UN Joint Inspection Unit report, the “current framework of international environmental governance might have shortcomings.” Tadanori Inomata, author of the report, argues that the system is “weakened by institutional fragmentation and specialization.”

The UN Joint Inspection Unit report also said “the duplication and fragmentation of the work of United Nations system…stems principally from a blurred distinction in their work programmes between environmental protection and sustainable development and the absence of a single strategic planning framework.”

Read a fuller account of the 2009 ECOSOC session 

Read the UN Joint Inspection Unit Report

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Phil Hernandez is an undergraduate at the College of William & Mary. He worked as a research assistant for the Global Environmental Governance Project focusing both on US environmental policy and the role of the US in international environmental affairs
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