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Steps in analysing the component mechanisms

The secretariat may undertake some of these tasks itself; but it will more likely need to commission and coordinate others to carry out the assessments.

Analysing the legal framework for sustainable development7 In recent years, growing attention has centred on the role of law and legal institutions in sustainable development. This has coincided with a profound shift in thinking about the role of the state, and a reorientation of governance strategies towards the creation of suitable enabling environments for greater private and local initiative in sustainable development. Good laws and functioning legal institutions are essential contributors to the predictability, security and flexibility needed to define such environments. Conversely, poorly designed and implemented laws can constrain and inhibit effective action, distort economic incentives and discourage appropriate interventions by government and civil society stakeholders.