Environmental Diplomacy; Negotiating More Effective Global Agreements / Edition 1

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Solutions to environmental problems require international cooperation, but global environmental treaty-making efforts, including the 1992 U.N.-sponsored Earth Summit in Brazil, have not accomplished much. International cooperation has been hampered by the conflicts between the developed nations of the North and the developing nations of the South; by the fact that science cannot accurately predict when or how environmental threats will materialize; and by the problem that the United Nations treaty-making system was never meant to handle threats to the environment.

Lawrence Susskind looks at the weaknesses of the existing system of environmental treaty-making and the increasing role of non-governmental interests in environmental diplomacy. Environmental Diplomacy argues for "nearly self-enforcing" agreements that ensure compliance without threatening sovereignty and maintains that new institutional arrangements are within reach. Susskind builds on the work of the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School and the International Environmental Negotiation Network to offer guidelines for more effective global agreements that provide for sustainable development.

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"The author assumes sustainable development to be the agreed upon goal, the globe to be the available arena, and national representatives to be the primary actors. These assumptions, even though controversial, take this book beyond the scholarly domain and make it appealing to policy makers and national delgeates. Once the assumptions are accepted, Susskind's strategy becomes very powerful."--Choice

The single best book on the negotiating process for protecting the global environment."--Roger Fisher, Harvard Law School, co-author of Getting to Yes

"This book should be mandatory reading for every policymaker involved with the environment and natural resources at the national and international level and certainly by every environmentalist--from both government or non-government sectors--who is worried about the state of our world and is looking for new avenues."--Dr. Uri Marinov, Former Director-General of Environmental Protection Services, Israel

"Environmental Diplomacy gives us a perceptive and personal analysis of the successes and weaknesses of past international negotiations affecting the environment. Drawing from that, Susskind offers many provocative ideas for new approaches to institutions and procedures that can better advance the essential goals of protecting the common heritage of all nations and peoples."--Eugene B. Skolnikoff, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Environmental Diplomacy is a must for all who want to contribute to the implementation of Rio's Agenda 21 towards sustainable development!"--Marius E. Enthoven, Director-General for Environmental Protection, Ministry of Housing, Planning and Environment, The Netherlands

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195075946
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Lawrence E. Susskind is Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program at Harvard Law Shool. His research and teaching focus on environmental management and the resolution of environmental disputes.

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Table of Contents

1 What Is This Book About? 3
2 The Weaknesses of the Existing Environmental Treaty-making System 11
Knowing How to Measure Success 13
Three Serious Obstacles to Global Cooperation 18
An Inadequate Legal Structure 24
Fundamental Flaws in the Convention-Protocol Approach 30
The Earth Summit as an Illustration 37
3 Representation and Voting 43
Why Countries Participate 44
Only Countries Vote 46
The Majority Does Not Rule 48
"Unofficials" Have Key Roles to Play 49
Who Represents Future Generations? 53
The Power of the Secretariat 58
There Is No Consensus-Building Process 61
4 The Need for a Better Balance Between Science and Politics 62
There Will Always Be Uncertainty 66
Giving Science Its Due 68
Adversary Science Undermines Trust 71
Are There Really "Epistemic Communities" of Scientists? 73
Ongoing Roles For Scientific Advisers 76
No Regrets and the Precautionary Principle 78
Contingent Agreements Are the Answer 80
5 The Advantages and Disadvantages of Issue Linkage 82
A Lesson in Negotiation Arithmetic 87
The Theory of Linkage 91
Dealing with the Threat of Blackmail 92
Managing the Complexity 94
Linkage Guidelines 97
6 Monitoring and Enforcement in the Face of Sovereignty 99
Technical and Legal Difficulties 99
A Theory of Compliance 107
Getting Around the Sovereignty Problem 113
Nearly Self-Enforcing Agreements 117
Do We Need the Green Police? 120
7 Reforming the System: The Salzburg Initiative and Other Proposals for Change 122
The Salzburg Initiative 123
Synchronizing Worldwide Expectations 139
A New Three-Stage Process 141
What We Need from the United Nations 147
Appendix A: Selected Global Environmental Treaties 151
Appendix B: Declaration of the Right to Nature Conservation, Environmental Protection, and Sustainable Development 176
Notes 181
Selected Readings 189
Index 195
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