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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.

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