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Annex IV : Acronyms


ACC Administrative Committee on Co-ordination

AOSIS The Alliance of Small Island States, with 42 members and observers  

Bureau Bureaus of UN Commissions or Secretariats are composed of a Chair or two Co-Chairs and representatives of the five regional groupings of member states

CBD Convention on Biological Diversity

CEDAW Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women

COP Conference of Parties

CSD Intersessional The official between-sessions meetings of the CSD

CSD UN Commission on Sustainable Development

DAW UN Division for the Advancement of Women

DPI U.N. Department of Public Information

ECE UN Economic Commission for Europe

ECOSOC UN Economic & Social Council

EU European Union

FAO UN Food & Agriculture Organisation

G-77 / China The Group of 77 and China was the original group of the so-called non-aligned states. It is in effect the negotiating bloc of the negotiating countries and seeks to harmonize the negotiating positions of its over 140 developing-country members.

GA UN General Assembly

GC Governing Council

GEF Global Environment Facility

High Level Segment The Ministerial-level part of the CSD where most significant issues are decided

IACSD Inter Agency Committee on Sustainable Development

ICC International Chamber of Commerce

ICFTU International Confederation of Free Trade Unions

ICLEI International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives

IGO Inter-Governmental Organisation

IIED International Institute for Environmental Development

ILO International Labour Organisation

IMF International Monetary Fund

IUCN International Council for the Conservation of Nature

IULA International Union of Local Authorities

JUSSCANNZ The non-EU industrialized countries meet as a group to discuss various issues; they are Japan, the US, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, Norway, and New Zealand. Iceland, Mexico, and the Republic of Korea may also attend meetings.

NGLS U.N. Non-Governmental Liaison Service. 

NGO Non-Government Organisation

North The current widely-used term to describe developed, industrialised countries.

North The current widely-used term to describe developed, industrialised countries

OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development

Plenary A meeting of the whole where formal decisions are taken

POPs Persistent Organic Pollutants

SIDS Small Island Developing States

South The current widely-used term to describe developing countries. 

Square Brackets Used during negotiations to indicate that a section of text is being discussed but hasnít been agreed.

UNA-UK United Nations Association - UK

UNCED United Nations Conference on Environment & Development

UNCHS (Habitat) UN Centre for Human Settlements

UNCTAD United Nations Conference on Trade & Development

UNDESA United Nations Department on Economic & Social Affairs

UNDP United Nations Development Programme

UNDSD United Nations Division for Sustainable Development

UNECE United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

UNEP United Nations Environment Programme

UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organisation

UNGASS United Nations General Assembly Special Session

WB World Bank

WBCSD World Business Council for Sustainable Development

WEDO Women's Environment & Development Organisation

WHO World Health Organisation

Working Group A sub-group tasked with drafting language for the final documents

WSSD World Summit for Social Development

WTO World Trade Organisation

WWF World Wide Fund for Nature



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