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1 The UNU Inter-linkages Initiative Jerry Velasquez United Nations University

2 What will be discussed Briefly – What is the UNU Inter- linkages Initiative Briefly – What is the UNU Inter- linkages Initiative What have we observed and learned What have we observed and learned Focusing on a) the regional and national levels; b) Asia and Pacific regionsFocusing on a) the regional and national levels; b) Asia and Pacific regions What do we think can be done (and how)? What do we think can be done (and how)?

3 UNU Inter-linkages Initiative Forum for discussion Forum for discussion Analytical research on issues and themes Analytical research on issues and themes Role of inter-linkages in compliance and enforcement, financing, capacity development, Ozone/CC, BP/WTO/Codex, etc.Role of inter-linkages in compliance and enforcement, financing, capacity development, Ozone/CC, BP/WTO/Codex, etc. National/regional case studies National/regional case studies 15+ countries in Asia and Pacific15+ countries in Asia and Pacific 3 sub-regions (Pacific, SEA, South Asia)3 sub-regions (Pacific, SEA, South Asia) Demonstration follow-up activities Demonstration follow-up activities

4 What have we learned? (1/2) Strategic planning  Links to SD Strategic planning  Links to SD Varied responses (institutions, plans, laws, approaches)Varied responses (institutions, plans, laws, approaches) Institutional roles and responsibilities Institutional roles and responsibilities Often, “structure” is not enoughOften, “structure” is not enough Often confusing and conflicting (sometimes with good reason)Often confusing and conflicting (sometimes with good reason) Inherent “social” challenges to synergies  difficult to change Inherent “social” challenges to synergies  difficult to change Politics, culture, etc.Politics, culture, etc. Turf wars, nepotism, etc.Turf wars, nepotism, etc.

5 What have we learned? (2/2) Donor driven activities Donor driven activities Sometimes uncoordinatedSometimes uncoordinated Often takes framework approachOften takes framework approach Taking advantage of regional frameworks Taking advantage of regional frameworks LRTAP, Barcelona, Waigani, Bamako, Cartagena ConventionsLRTAP, Barcelona, Waigani, Bamako, Cartagena Conventions ASEAN, SPREP, SAARC, SACEP, etc.ASEAN, SPREP, SAARC, SACEP, etc.

6 So, how can we synergize? Synergies should not be for synergies sake Synergies should not be for synergies sake Should be guided by these principles Should be guided by these principles Demand drivenDemand driven Value addedValue added Support sustainable developmentSupport sustainable development Subsidiarity principleSubsidiarity principle

7 What are we doing now? Partnership on Integrated Capacity Building in Asia and Pacific Partnership on Integrated Capacity Building in Asia and Pacific SPREP, ASEAN, UNU, UNDP Cap2015, UNDP/GEF, UNEP, IGES, UNIDOSPREP, ASEAN, UNU, UNDP Cap2015, UNDP/GEF, UNEP, IGES, UNIDO


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