1st Edition

Earth Summit II Outcomes and Analysis

By Derek Osborn, Tom Bigg Copyright 1998

    In June 1997, heads of government and senior representatives from over 130 countries met in New York to consider what progress had been made since the first Earth Summit in 1992, and la decide upon priorities for the future. Earth Summit II presents the principal official documents agreed al the Summit alongside an authoritative analysis of where progress is and is not being made, the reasons for this, and the priorities of the parties involved. Finally, the authors look forward to the ten-year follow-up in 2002, and propose methods for ensuring that that event is both effective and participatory. Insightful and comprehensive, this will be essential reading for policy makers, lobbyists and students on environment and development courses.

    Foreword by Tony Blair  Foreword by Nitin Desai  1. A Tale of Two Cities: From Rio to New York  2. Hard Times: Earth Summit II  3. Great Expectations: towards Earth Summit III in 2002  4. Our Mutual Friend: Agenda 21  Implementation of Agenda 21  Section A: Statement of Commitment  Section B: Assessment of Progress Since Rb  Section C: Implementation in Areas Requiring Urgent Action  Section D: International Institutional Arrangements


    Derek Osborn is Chair of the United Nations Environment and Development UK Committee. He is also Chair of the European Environmental Agency and a member of the board of the UK Environmental Agency. He co-chaired the 1997 CSD Intersessional Meeting preparing for Earth Summit II. Tom Bigg has worked for UNED-UK since its creation in 1993, focussing particularly on the work of the CSD.

    'The 1992 Earth Summit is universally recognized as a milestone in international environmental diplomacy. But as this highly instructive book points out, the follow-up event five years later in New York made less impact and delivered far fewer benefits. There's much to learn from such an authoritative account as this, not least in terms of getting our act together for any 'ten years on' event in 2002.' Jonathon Porritt

    'As we take up the Presidency of the European Union and the Chair of the G8, we will continue to build up our partnership with those outside government. We must create a consensus on the need for sustainable development. I am sure that this review of the Special Session will help develop that consensus.'
    From the Foreword by Tony Blair

    'The authors of this book played key roles in the process leading up to and concluding with the Special Session, and have had the opportunity to reflect on the most important lessons to be learnt from the exercise. They are thus well placed to propose a number of interesting ideas on how to ensure successful preparations for the ten-year review that will take place in the year 2002. It is my pleasure to recommend this book to all those who are interested in the issues of sustainable development and multilateral diplomacy.'
    From the Foreword by Nitin Desai