Welcome to the new edition of MEPIELAN E-Bulletin.
We are gratified that the previous editions have been so well received by many readers. Nearly a year after the MEPIELAN E-Bulletin’s launch, there have been over 5.500 visits to the Bulletin’s website from 133 countries worldwide. Once more, I wish to express my gratitude and thanks to all those who have been instrumental in the success of this Bulletin.
Each time we are striving to offer contributions from a variety of perspectives and approaches. Commited to serve the vision of this Bulletin, we provide a dynamic forum for inter-disciplinary knowledge and discussion, engaging international scholars, enlightened policy makers and promising young researchers in addressing critical environmental issues from the standpoint of promoting and developing international common interest. This edition is featured by several new articles, along with the steady stream of thematic news and the presentation of selected new, knowledge-advancing books. A Guest Article written by Peter M. Haas, Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, offers an insightful and critical view of the effort of the next global environmental conference “Rio Plus 20” to accelerate the shift to a “green economy” and institutional reform arrangements, “a seriously disjoined agenda” as he calls it, underlining their deficiencies in view of the indispensable need for building the social capacity for sustainable development and for broadening the discussion for institutional reform extending it beyond the monotonous UN restructuring.