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ii Investing in enhanced capacities and mechanisms at local, national and international levels to achieve sustainability, including through a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication

This may involve mechanisms to circulate critical policy lessons, based on the priorities identified earlier and inputs from governments and other stakeholders across the world and strengthened accountability

through data collection assessment including financial and tracking and regular reviews. A stable policy environment, partnerships and the development of an enabling environment are key to unleashing the creativity of the private sector, together with innovation and enhanced technological cooperation through collaborative research and development and knowledge-sharing platforms. Delivering results will also require strengthened national capacities to develop, deliver and implement strategies to combat environmental degradation.

iii Enhancing the effectiveness of global institutions to fulfil human needs while avoiding environmental degradation

Across the world, entities within the international environmental system need to transform their operational approach by improving efforts to mainstream environmental concerns into the development of economic policies, plans and programmes, deliver results at sub-regional, regional, national and local levels, and improve coordination and communication. A United Nations system-wide strategy on environmental protection, within the context of sustainable development, could be explored to improve the alignment of its broad range of instruments, activities and capacity, and support efforts by member states to implement the environmental agenda, including multilateral environmental agreements. Other enabling factors are the enhanced delivery of science-policy capacity development needs across the world, strengthened monitoring systems and data gathering, as well as the targeted communication of scientific findings to various audiences. In the future, the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is expected to make an important contribution to the science-policy interface. In addition, the synergies process for the chemicals and waste conventions – Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm – provides an opportunity to enhance awareness raising, knowledge transfer, capacity building and national implementation that should be further explored.

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