The Interagency Committee on Sustainable Development was established by the ACC following the Earth Summit (United Nations Conference on Environment and Development) held in Rio in 1992. The IACSD’s mandate is to identify major policy issues and follow-up to the Earth Summit to ensure effective co-operation and coordination of the UN system in the implementation of Agenda 21.

The following organs reporting through the IACSD were:

  • Subcommittee on Water Resources
  • Subcommittee on Oceans and Coastal Areas

In 2003, the CEB endorsed the creation of the following two organizations to replace the subcommittees of the IACSD:

  • Oceans and Coastal Areas Network that became UN Oceans to establish an effective, transparent and regular interagency coordination mechanism on ocean and coastal issues within the United Nations system.  (http://www.unoceans.org/Index.htm)
  • UN Water as the inter-agency mechanism for follow-up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development water related decisions and the Millennium Development Goals concerning water.  (http://www.unwater.org/index.html)