New UN bodies to monitor progress on Earth Summit accords

New mechanisms designed to ensure that the agreements reached at last year's Earth Summit are implemented have been forged at the United Nations. At their centre is a 53-member Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD). Non-governmental organisations have been granted unusually generous access to the body and are enthusiastic about the CSD's prospects.

The decision to establish the CSD was taken at the close of the Earth Summit, when governments agreed that new arrangements were needed at the UN to ensure that the Summit's commitments were followed through (ENDS Report 208, pp 17-19 ).

The CSD's 53 member nations will meet once a year under the chairmanship

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