Government

Download An Unfinished Foundation: The United Nations and Global by Ken Conca PDF

By Ken Conca

Why is the United international locations no more powerful on international environmental demanding situations? The UN constitution mandates the worldwide association to hunt 4 noble aspirations: overseas peace and safety, rule of legislation between international locations, human rights for everybody, and social development via improvement. On environmental concerns, in spite of the fact that, the UN has understood its cost even more narrowly: it really works for "better legislations among countries" and "better improvement inside of them." This process treats peace and human rights as unrelated to the world's environmental difficulties, regardless of a wide physique of facts to the contrary.

In this path-breaking e-book, a number one pupil of worldwide environmental governance reviews the UN's failure to exploit its mandates on human rights and peace as instruments in its environmental paintings. The booklet strains the institutionalization and function of the UN's "law and improvement" framework and the parallel silence on rights and peace. regardless of a few vital profits, the conventional strategy is failing for a few of world's so much urgent and contentious environmental demanding situations, and has misplaced lots of the political momentum it as soon as loved. The disastrous "Rio+20" Summit laid this truth naked, as assembled governments did not locate significant contract on any of the main urgent issues.

By no longer treating the surroundings as a human rights factor, the UN fails to mobilize robust instruments for responsibility within the face of toxins and source degradation. And via ignoring the clash strength round ordinary assets and environmental defense efforts, the UN misses possibilities to rework the damaging cycle of violence and vulnerability round source extraction.

The ebook strains the heritage of the UN's conventional technique, maps its more and more obvious limits, and indicates wanted reforms. specified case histories for every of the 4 mandate domain names flag a number of promising tasks, whereas making a choice on limitations to transformation. Its middle implication: the UN's environmental efforts require not only a managerial reorganization yet a conceptual revolution-one that brings to undergo the total strength of the organization's mandate. Peacebuilding, clash sensitivity, rights-based frameworks, and responsibility mechanisms can be utilized to reinforce the UN's environmental effectiveness and legitimacy.

Show description

Read Online or Download An Unfinished Foundation: The United Nations and Global Environmental Governance PDF

Best government books

Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States 1988-1994: 1988-94

Nation governors have regularly performed a key function in American politics, because the careers of Presidents Clinton, Reagan, and Carter (all former governors) illustrate. this is often relatively the case within the aftermath of Reaganomics, and as many executive capabilities shift from the federal to the country point. the newest in a sequence protecting colonial, territorial, and nation governors from 1607 onward, this quantity contains the interval 1988-1994.

The Performative Presidency (Cambridge Cultural Social Studies)

The Performative Presidency brings jointly literatures describing presidential management suggestions, public understandings of citizenship, and information creation and media applied sciences among the presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt and invoice Clinton, and information how the family among those spheres have replaced over the years.

Disrobing the Aboriginal Industry: The Deception Behind Indigenous Cultural Preservation

Via reading the basis factors of aboriginal difficulties, Frances Widdowson and Albert Howard reveal the that has grown up round land declare settlements, exhibiting that aboriginal coverage improvement during the last thirty years has been manipulated by means of non-aboriginal attorneys and specialists. They examine the entire significant aboriginal regulations, research concerns that experience bought little severe cognizance - baby care, overall healthiness care, schooling, conventional wisdom - and suggest the excellent executive provision of future health, schooling, and housing instead of poor supply via local self-government.

Nixon's Gamble: How a President’s Own Secret Government Destroyed His Administration

After being sworn in as president, Richard Nixon advised the assembled crowd that “government will pay attention. . .. those that were disregarded, we are going to attempt to herald. ” yet that very same day, he obliterated these pledges of better citizen regulate of presidency by means of signing nationwide safety choice Memorandum 2, a rfile that made sweeping alterations to the nationwide protection strength constitution.

Additional resources for An Unfinished Foundation: The United Nations and Global Environmental Governance

Example text

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.16 of 5 – based on 13 votes