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Environmental Diplomacy: Negotiating More Effective Global Agreements

  • An accessible narrative on understanding the geopolitics of negotiating international environmental agreements
  • Provides clear guidance on improving the current system
  • Informs the reader on the geopolitics of protecting our planet
  • Structured in a way that it can be used for advanced undergraduate or graduate courses

By: Lawrence E Susskind(Author), Saleem H Ali(Author), Zakri Abdul Hamid(Foreword By)

Oxford University Press USA

Paperback | Dec 2014 | Edition: 2 | #216580 | ISBN-13: 9780199397990
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International environmental agreements have increased exponentially within the last five decades. However, decisions on policies to address key issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, ozone depletion, hazardous waste transport and numerous other planetary challenges require individual countries to adhere to international norms. What have been the successes and failures in the environmental treaty-making arena? How has the role of civil society and scientific consensus contributed to this maturing process? Why have some treaties been more enforceable than others and which theories of international relations can further inform efforts in this regard? Addressing these questions with renewed emphasis on close case analysis makes Environmental Diplomacy a timely and thorough postscript to the Rio-Plus 20 summit's celebrated invocation document, The Future We Want, towards sustainable development.

Environmental Diplomacy: Negotiating More Effective Global Agreements provides an accessible narrative on understanding the geopolitics of negotiating international environmental agreements and clear guidance on improving the current system. In Environmental Diplomacy, authors Lawrence Susskind and Saleem Ali expertly observe international environmental negotiations to effectively inform the reader on the geopolitics of protecting our planet. This second edition offers an additional perspective from the Global South as well as providing a broader analysis of the role of science in environmental treaty-making. It provides a unique contribution as a panoramic analysis of the process of environmental treaty-making.

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Foreword by Dr. Zakri Abdul Hamid

Chapter 1
What Is This Book About?
Chapter 2
The Weaknesses of the Existing Environmental Treaty-Making System
Chapter 3
Representation and Voting
Chapter 4
The Need for a Better Balance between Science and Politics
Chapter 5
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Issue Linkage
Chapter 6
Monitoring and Enforcement in the Face of Sovereignty
Chapter 7
Reforming the System

Appendix A: Treaties
Appendix B: Declaration of the Right to Nature Conservation, Environmental Protection, and Sustainable Development
Appendix C: The Green Economy Framework for Environmental Diplomacy as stipulated in the Rio Plus 20 Final Outcome Document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, The Future We Want (Section III)
Appendix D: Steps in the Making of a Treaty in the US Ratification Process


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Lawrence E. Susskind is the Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was the founding director of the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program as well as the Consensus-Building Institute. For his career of services to improving consensus-building practice, Professor Susskind received the first Kenneth Cloke Peacemaker Award for outstanding and lasting contributions in International Peace-building by Mediators Beyond Borders. Professor Susskind has advised the United Nations, the OECD, the World Bank and numerous national governments on environmental negotiations. His earlier books include Dealing with an Angry Public and Breaking the Impasse.

Saleem H. Ali is a Professor at the Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland Australia where he also directs the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining and is a faculty member in the Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Program within the university's School of Politics and International Studies. Professor Ali is also adjunct Professor at the University of Vermont's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources where he founded the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security. He was selected as a "Young Global Leader" by the World Economic Forum in 2011 and an "Emerging Explorer" by the National Geographic Society in 2010. His earlier books include Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future and Mining, the Environment and Indigenous Development Conflicts.

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