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Publications archive - International Activities and Commitments


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Australia's report to the UNCSD - 1996

Implementation of Agenda 21
Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, 1996
ISBN 0 6422 4868 0

Case Study - International legal instruments

'Environmental Treaties - The Asia Pacific dimension'

In July 1995, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the National Environmental Law Association hosted an international conference 'Environmental Treaties - The Asia Pacific Dimension'. Considerations of national experiences were designed to assist decision-makers in assessing their interests and available implementation options, including the cost-effectiveness of various measures, trade implications, the need for financial assistance and technology transfer, mutual assistance and harmonisation of domestic laws. In this respect, the development of appropriate international management and product labelling standards within the International Standards Organisation (ISO) was canvassed as an instrument for sustainable development, as well as hazardous waste trade, corporate management standards, provision of environmental information and participation rights to the public, government access to multilateral development funds, and regional networks. The conference recognised that the process of regional integration, most obviously economic integration, has great potential as an engine for the development of regional capacity in environmental management and law.