Sustainable Development Reform Perspectives

May 01, 2012 No Comments by

On April 18th, 2012, Sascha Muller-Kraenner, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in Europe and Vice-Chairman of the Ecologic Institute, presented at a Shanghai conference entitled “Green Development and Governance Innovation: Prospects on the Rio+20.” His presentation concerned the current framework for international sustainable development. Mr. Muller-Kraenner argues that the current institutional framework is inadequate for the tasks at hand, and that the system should be “reformed, strengthened, better coordinated and made more coherent at the global, regional, national, sub-national and local levels.”

For the conference, Mr. Muller-Kraenner prepared a briefing that outlines the history of the global environmental movement and discusses the ways in which the framework for sustainable development might be reformed. Key points include the creation of reliable international funding mechanisms that would ensure consistent funding for sustainable development projects, and the potential of a partnership between the EU and China, both of whom believe that the UN should be the primary vessel for promoting and enacting sustainable development.

To read the full briefing, click here.

 

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Michael Denney is a PhD student in the Global Governance and Human Security program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is a Research Associate at the Center for Governance and Sustainability.
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