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Overhaul Of Governance System Needed For Environment Sustainability
Only with a major overhaul of the governance system will the global community to able to address the challenges in environment sustainability.

Malaysia's ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Datuk Ramlan Ibrahim, said it was timely for the world to adopt a new approach where full and active participation of all stakeholders was needed for any strategy on sustainability to be successful.

"And the existing mechanisms of the IFSD (Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development) need to be streamlined and strengthened to render it more effective," he said while leading a nine-member delegation to the two-day Asian and Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Seoul from Oct 19.

In the statement issued by Wisma Putra, Ramlan was also quoted as saying at the plenary session, that it was imperative for all international institutions to work collectively and deliver as one.

He echoed the prime minister's support for the creation of a World Environment Organisation to anchor global efforts for environment.

He said the new organ should work within the agreed Rio perspectives and be an autonomous, consultative and facilitative body to assist countries to meet international commitments derived from mutual arrangements.

"The WEO should also be designed to have a universal membership and voting on the basis of one country one vote, as well as mandated to work through a One UN system."

On green economy, Ramlan stated that Malaysia had been building public awareness on it, including support for its acceptance and application.

He outlined that application of green economy in Malaysia was being undertaken through various approaches, namely strengthening the institutional framework on sustainable development, formulation of national policy and implementation of eco-friendly programmes.

For the next stage, he said, key Malaysian government policies were being reoriented towards developing a green "production edge" as Malaysia intended to become a major producer of eco-technology products.

The preparatory meeting was to enable countries from the grouping to take stock of the developments that have taken place since Rio, Rio+5 and Rio 10.

The meeting was also to allow countries from the Asia-Pacific region to discuss various issues leading to the Rio+20 Summit in Brazil in June 2012.
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