Reforming International Environmental Governance: From Institutional Limits to Innovative Reforms / Edition 1

Reforming International Environmental Governance: From Institutional Limits to Innovative Reforms / Edition 1

by W. Bradnee Chambers
     
 

ISBN-10: 9280811118

ISBN-13: 9789280811117

Pub. Date: 04/06/2005

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

More than 500 international agreements and institutions now influence the governance of environmental problems ranging from climate change to persistent organic pollutants. The establishment of environmental institutions has been largely ad hoc, diffused, and somewhat chaotic, because the international community has addressed key challenges as they have risen. The

Overview

More than 500 international agreements and institutions now influence the governance of environmental problems ranging from climate change to persistent organic pollutants. The establishment of environmental institutions has been largely ad hoc, diffused, and somewhat chaotic, because the international community has addressed key challenges as they have risen. The World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in 2002 underscored the need to reform the current institutional framework for environmental governance, but failed to come up with any substantive recommendations. This book takes up the question left unanswered at Johannesburg: what international institutional framework would best promote the protection of the global environment? The contributors take a systematic approach to formulating proposals for institutional changes in international environmental governance and examine three potential models: enforcement, centralization, and cooperation through increased collaboration. They review alternative institutional arrangements to address identified weaknesses, and they elaborate upon specific reform proposals generated through recent policy debates and evaluate the potential of each proposal to remedy current weaknesses within the international environmental governance system. Reforming International Environmental Governance provides useful information about the costs and benefits of different models and approaches to reforming international environmental governance and contributes substantive analysis to future debates.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789280811117
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
04/06/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
72
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword (A.H. Zakri, UNU-IAS Director)
List of contributors
Introduction: Toward an effective framework for sustainable development (W. Bradnee Chambers and Jessica F. Green)
1. From environmental to sustainable development governance: Thirty years of coordination within the United Nations (W. Bradnee Chambers)
2. Clustering of multilateral environmental agreements: Potentials and limitations (Sebastian Oberthur)
3. Strengthening international environmental governance by strengthening UNEP (Richard G. Tarasofsky)
4. A World Environmental Organization (Steve Charnovitz)
5. The World Trade Organization and global environmental governance (Gary P. Sampson)
6. Judicial mechanisms: Is there a need for World Envionment Court? (Joost Pauwelyn)
7. Reforming the United Nations Trusteeship Council (Cathering Redgwell)
8. Expanding the mandate of the United Nations Security Council (Lorraine Elliott)
Index 

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