The role of the United Nations in the governance of Socio-Ecological Systems

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Presentation delivered at the 13th Economics of Infrastructures Conference (http://www.ei.tbm.tudelft.nl/13thEvIConference). Includes an overview of the UN work related to sustainable development and a brief reflection related to international governance of such issues.

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  • The role of the United Nations in the governance of Socio-Ecological Systems

    1. 1. The role of the United Nations in the governance of Socio-Ecological Systems Nicolò Wojewoda
    2. 2. GOALS • EXPLAIN • my work at the UN • the UN’s role in sustainable development • REFLECT on international governance on sustainable development issues
    3. 3. UN EVENTS UN Commission on Sustainable Development 18th session 1° Prep Comm for Earth Summit 2012 May 2010
    4. 4. A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY... 1972 first conference 1982 sustainable development 1992 Earth Summit 2002 World Summit Sust. Dev. 2012 Earth Summit (Rio+20) Commission on Sustainable Johannesburg Agenda 21 Development Plan of Implementation Convention on Biological Diversity Marrakesh Process Framework Convention on Climate Change
    5. 5. COMMISSION ON • 2-year cycles SUSTAINABLE • rewiew + policy DEVELOPMENT • Major Groups THIS YEAR • rewiew • topics: transport, chemicals, waste management, ...
    6. 6. MAJOR GROUPS ADVANCE • specific interests • ideas
    7. 7. MAJOR GROUPS ADVANCE • specific interests • ideas COLLABORATE • governments • NGOs
    8. 8. MAJOR GROUPS ADVANCE • specific interests • ideas COLLABORATE • governments • NGOs SHARE • other young people
    9. 9. EARTH SUMMIT 2012 PrepComm 1 PROCESS • interministerial guidance • civil society involvement CONTENT • two tracks approach: binding and non- binding • 3 pillars of sustainable development
    10. 10. REFLECTIONS (1) • interest in getting to know what’s happening at other levels(partnership fair, side events) • “cities are where innovation happens” • Major Group Local Authorities • “the UN is the only to have power to convene” • national committees
    11. 11. REFLECTIONS (2) BUT... • core and side issue disagreements (e.g. Palestine) • lack of true dialogue and systematic approach to understanding policentricity • shaming and honoring not realistic
    12. 12. REFLECTIONS (3) RIO 2012 • scale up information exchange • good practices • abritration role (International Environmental Tribunal)
    13. 13. YOUTH PERSPECTIVES sustainable development - paradigm shift: individual change in behavior/thinking - policentricity - critical mass => collective action
    14. 14. YOUTH PERSPECTIVES sustainable development - paradigm shift: individual change in behavior/thinking - policentricity - critical mass => collective action Copenhagen - failure: no fair, ambitious, legally-binding agreement - success: created a movement
    15. 15. YOUTH PERSPECTIVES sustainable development - paradigm shift: individual change in behavior/thinking - policentricity - critical mass => collective action Copenhagen - failure: no fair, ambitious, legally-binding agreement - success: created a movement Rio 2012 and new global governance structure - structure and uphold committments - vision + accountability + compliance - guide, inspire and support action (capacity building)
    16. 16. “[...] negotiations themselves need to be led by government, as governments need to set the context of the regulatory framework in which they will operate with each other as well as internally [...]”
    17. 17. “but once that regulatory framework is set, the regulatory framework, ideally, should provide a very clear market signal, a very clear incentive, for the private sector to mobilize its very important potential of capital that will actually motor forward the transformation that we need in order to be able to address climate change”
    18. 18. “but once that regulatory framework is set, the regulatory framework, ideally, should provide a very clear market signal, a very clear incentive, for the private sector to mobilize its very important potential of capital that will actually motor forward the transformation that we need in order to be able to address climate change” Christiana Figueres Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC

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