Thursday, 11 October 2007

The growing number of activities related to international environment and sustainable development negotiations and policy making can make the effort to keep up with the latest news seem almost overwhelming.

This fortnight was no exception, with various levels of actors having engaged in regional symposia and workshops, industry meetings, consultations with civil society, and the release of reports. Discouraging news, such as this issue’s reports on a finding that oil spills may have long-term impacts on birds and that bluefin tuna rules may not have been respected in several states, can further overwhelm the reader about difficult tasks that remain to be addressed and resolved. At the same time, however, the existence of grievance procedures to redress the bluefin tuna case, and other encouraging news such as the Global Environment Facility’s programme to support the phase-out of incandescent light bulb production, suggests that elements of the environmental governance structure may be having a positive impact on the sustainable development agenda.

Lynn Wagner, Ph.D.
Editor, Linkages Update
and MEA Bulletin
Closer to home, this week we launched a new homepage for our Linkages website (http://enb.iisd.org/). The new design and layout aims to keep our readers from becoming overwhelmed by the accumulation of fifteen years of our publications. Next week, we will be training twelve new writers to join our teams that cover an ever-increasing number of conferences and negotiations. The list of upcoming meetings in this issue indicates that the next fortnight will be equally filled with meetings, consultations and events to identify how to move the sustainable development agenda forward, at all levels. We will help you keep up with the latest in the sustainable development field by providing some structure to this growing amount of news and events. In doing so, we hope to make you feel a little less overwhelmed.
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