This background paper was published in SAIS Review: A Journal of International Affairs as a part of their Winter-Spring 2003 Issue. (Volume XXIII, Number 1). SAIS Review is published by the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University.
This paper, published by the IEA and OECD, explores the issue of country-level institutional capacity necessary for future climate-related actions, particularly in developing countries.
Among the most important items of the Kyoto Protocol requiring elaboration is the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the Protocol's instrument for financing lower-emission sustainable development in the countries of the South.
WRI's Institutions and Governance Program has completed an asessment of national councils for sustainable development (NCSDs).
While many assessments of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) have asked how much the mechanism can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, less attention has been given to the question of how far the CDM will advance sustainable development goals, even though the mechanism's success rests on meeting
Widely recognized as a unique, authoritative asessment of the world's natural resource base, each World Resources report is a definitiave reference on the global environment with the latest information on essential economic, population, and natural resource conditions and trends
Resolving global environmental and economic problems requires a new kind of international cooperation among nations. Only if the Northern industrialized nations set their own houses in order can this cooperation be achieved.