1.25 Review and supervision. Measuring and reporting on environmental outcomes is very important, but it does not necessarily ensure that Canada achieves the desired environmental outcomes under international agreements. There must also be appropriate management oversight to review results against expectations, identify challenges and limitations in meeting those expectations, and take any necessary corrective action. 1.1 International environmental agreements reflect key government policies on key environmental issues, and Canadians should know what has and has not been achieved as a result of these agreements. We examined five international environmental agreements to determine whether the federal departments involved are aware of the extent to which the specific objectives of the agreements are being met. We found that departments have varying amounts of information on whether they are meeting environmental objectives and the results of their respective agreements. The full titles of the five international environmental agreements are included in the respective case study sections under Observations and Recommendations. 1.18 Despite the designation of a lead department for each international environmental agreement, there are no common mechanisms for formally defining and delegating the responsibilities of lead departments. The nature of the lead department`s role is usually based on the department`s mandate and the related responsibilities of the minister. Also federal Cabinet documents, which authorize the negotiation and ratification of agreements (e.B. Mee notes to Cabinet and decision accounts can identify the lead department and, to some extent, describe its role. However, in law, Cabinet documents are not accessible to the public or to Members of Parliament and are therefore not sufficiently transparent for accountability purposes.
At the same time, however, a counter-problem is emerging – one that says it`s time to slow down the negotiation of international agreements. Some countries, particularly developing countries, are overwhelmed by the resources needed to enter into negotiations and effectively implement agreements already concluded. This may mean that a “slow-moving” light will appear and warn against continuing the rapid pace of concluding new international agreements. In addition, we examined Canada`s information environment on the environmental outcomes of reducing consumption of ozone-depleting substances. The concerns of industrialized countries, in particular, about the serious risk of environmental damage to countries around the world motivated States to convene the 1972 Conference on the Human Environment, the first World Conference on the Environment. .