This book provides a comprehensive view of the twenty years of environmental negotiations that have evolved since the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (Earth Summit) in Rio de Janeiro.
The authors demonstrate their unique perspective, having worked for the International Institute for Sustainable Development's Earth Negotiations Bulletin as well as in a wide range of academic settings. The Earth Negotiations Bulletin provides real-time reporting on United Nations environment and development negotiations and has covered every major negotiating session in over twenty-five different processes since 1992. Not only has it brought transparency into multilateral environmental negotiations, it has become the de facto reporting service of these meetings and most delegates consider it a 'must read' every morning.
The authors' work is unique--it transcends multiple multilateral environmental agreements and processes over many years, enabling the authors to recognize trends and innovations. No current publication offers an insider's guide to multiple environmental processes covering trends during a twenty-year period. Some of the issues that this book will elaborate on include: the impact of the proliferation of meetings (more than 200 days of environmental meetings each year), the major changes in actors (new states, new post-Cold War alignments, etc.), the changes in the access and role of NGOs in the negotiations, and the economization of environmental issues.
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Pamela Chasek (Ph.D. Johns Hopkins) is co-founder and executive editor of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin. Her most recent book is "Global Environmental Politics", 5th edition (Westview Press, 2006). She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Wellington, New Zealand in 2007, working on environmental challenges in the Pacific small island developing states. She is also director of International Studies and an associate professor of government at Manhattan College in New York.
Lynn Wagner (Ph.D. Johns Hopkins) is currently the manager of IISD Reporting Services' Knowledge Management Products. In this capacity, she serves as editor for MEA Bulletin, Linkages Update and Climate-L.org. She is Reporting Services' thematic expert for the Commission on Sustainable Development and the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. Her research interests focus on the relationship between negotiation processes and outcomes. She is the author of Problem-Solving and Bargaining in International Negotiations (2008, Brill).