Restructuring Regimes for Sustainable Development

A. Damodaran

in Encircling the Seamless

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780198066750
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080106 | DOI:
Restructuring Regimes for Sustainable Development

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This chapter deals with the restructuring of international regimes for global sustainable development. It examines the idea of a ‘supra-nation-state’ entity, such as the World Environment Organization, against the backdrop of existing institutions, namely, the United Nations Environment Programme and Global Environmental Facility. It then argues that the real priority is to have a global governance system devoid of instrumentalism. Such organizations, while focusing on global public goods, should place greater emphasis on national and local aspirations as well as identities to ensure that everyone understands the importance of conserving the global commons. The prevailing global issues such as climate change are getting securitized. The goal of securitization of climate change and other global environmental problems is to ‘normalize’ behaviour and response strategies that give rise to instrumentalism and control.

Keywords: World Environment Organization; United Nations Environment Programme; Global Environmental Facility; sustainable development; securitization; climate change; instrumentalism; public goods

Chapter.  6412 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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