5 Potchefstroom Elec. L.J. 1 (2002)

handle is hein.journals/per2002 and id is 1 raw text is: STRENGTHENING INTERNATIONAL GOVERNANCE FOR
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:
EXPECTATIONS FOR THE 2002 JOHANNESBURG WORLD
SUMMIT*
Ulrich Beyerlin
I    Introduction
Ten years after the Rio Conference, the world is confronted with the
challenges of epidemic poverty, unsustainable lifestyles and environmental
degradation. It is up to the coming Johannesburg Summit to bridge this gap
with renewed political will, practical steps and partnerships to promote
sustainable development.
Among the issues expected to be clearly in focus of the Summit is
strengthening governance for sustainable development, particularly at the
international level.
During the broad preparatory process for the Summit there was common
understanding that Johannesburg should become the starting point for
establishing a more effective international environmental governance.
However, there is still controversial debate on how to achieve the aim of better
governance. In my view, four complementary strategies should be pursued:
*  the  relevant international institutions and their financial base  should  be
strengthened;
 the various international environmental treaty-making and treaty-
implementation processes should be better harmonised or, at least, co-
ordinated;
* the civil society's role should be strengthened; and
 the local Agenda 21 processes should be expanded and intensified.
Guest lecture delivered on 15 May 2002 at the faculty of law, Potchefstroom University
for CHE.

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