AMSTERDAM, January 18th 2008 The special issue (Volume 37, Number 6) of the journal Environmental Policy and Law (EPL) is the first report on all documents related to environment and sustainable development discussed in the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly (UN/GA). During the session at UN Headquarters in New York, the importance of multilateral solutions to many of the worlds most pressing problems was noted by GA President, Srgjan Kerim. The priorities of the session included: Climate change, financing for development, achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), counter-terrorism and the reform agenda to renew the management, effectiveness and coherence of the UN.
The report provides an overview of discussions on selected legal and environmental issues addressed by the session up to 16 November 2007, as well as a brief report on the high-level meeting on climate change convened on the initiative and under the chairmanship of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 24 September 2007. The high-level meeting on climate change, entitled The Future in our Hands: Addressing the Leadership Challenge of Climate Change, aimed at building political momentum before the thirteenth Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the third Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, held in December 2007, in Bali, Indonesia.
Wolfgang E. Burhenne (Editor-in-Chief of EPL): Although this issue goes to print before the conclusion of the Bali Conference on climate change, we obviously share the view and confidence of the Secretary General, who said that Today, the time for doubt has passed the worlds scientists have spoken clearly in one voice (on climate change). In Bali, I expect the worlds policymakers to do the same. We hope that the Bali results will lead to forward movement, rather than further institutional discussions, as recently proposed by the Czech president.
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