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Development without Destruction: The UN and Global Resource Management

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Since 1945, the UN has been actively engaged in conceptualizing strategies for both economic development and a sustainable environment. From a broad historical perspective, Development without Destruction sketches the role played by organizations and individuals in the UN system in developing and consolidating principles of international raw and international governance with respect to natural resource management. Nico Schrijver highlights the UN's efforts to generate and implement strategies to resolve tensions ...

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Overview

Since 1945, the UN has been actively engaged in conceptualizing strategies for both economic development and a sustainable environment. From a broad historical perspective, Development without Destruction sketches the role played by organizations and individuals in the UN system in developing and consolidating principles of international raw and international governance with respect to natural resource management. Nico Schrijver highlights the UN's efforts to generate and implement strategies to resolve tensions between economic development and environmental protection, conservation and exploitation, sovereignty and internationalism, and armed conflict and peaceful access to natural resources. Schrijver's thorough analysis is an indispensable guide to management of the critical environmental issues on today's global agenda.

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Supachai Panitchpakdi

"This timely study makes a seminal contribution to understanding the management of natural resources in the context of changing economic, environmental, and social realities.... Schrijver's work shows how research undertaken by the UN is contributing to the search for solutions to today's main challenge: safeguarding the global commons for tomorrow, while providing a decent quality of life for all." —Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development

James Crawford

"Schrijver's thorough account of the achievements of the UN across the field of natural resource management enables him both to assess that contribution and to make realistic, practical suggestions for improvement." —James Crawford, University of Cambridge

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"Schrijver's thorough account of the achievements of the UN across the field of natural resource management enables him both to assess that contribution and to make realistic, practical suggestions for improvement." —James Crawford, University of Cambridge
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Meet the Author

Nico Schrijver holds the Chair of International Law and is Academic Director of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University. He is author of The Evolution of Sustainable Development in International Law: Inception, Meaning, and Status and Sovereignty over Natural Resources: Balancing Rights and Duties.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables x

Series Editors' Foreword Louis Emmerij Richard Jolly Thomas G. Weiss xi

Foreword James Crawford xv

Foreword Supachai Panitchpakdi xvii

Acknowledgments xix

List of Abbreviations xxi

Introduction: Concepts and Principles 1

1 Historical Background: Formative Phases of International Organization during the Pre-UN Period 14

2 UN Involvement with Natural Resource Management at the National and Transboundary Levels 34

3 Management of the Global Commons 75

4 The International Architecture for Environmental Governance and Global Resource Management 114

5 Natural Resources and Armed Conflict 158

6 The Role of the International Court of Justice in the Settlement of Natural Resource Disputes 189

7 The UN's Conceptual Contribution: Conclusions and Challenges 212

Notes 223

Index 279

About the Author 299

About the United Nations Intellectual History Project 301

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