The areas discussed include the evolution of environmental law, environmental soft laws (principles and guidelines rather than treaties), binding regional regimes such as the Regional Seas Program, the ozone layer, global warming, hazardous wastes, the loss of biological diversity, and ways to make international agreements work.
As a memoir of a new kind of diplomacy for a new kind of world, [ Global Environmental Diplomacy] is destined to become an important historical document. Fred Pearce Times Higher Education Supplement "Should not be missed by students of foreign affairs, international lawyers, budding diplomats, or serious environmentalists." Arthur H. Westing Environment
Prologue: Stockholm and beyond - sustainable development. The evolution of international environmental law; environmental soft law -guidelines and principles; negotiating binding regional regimes - the regional seas program; negotiating binding regional regimes - shared freshwater resources; the story of the Ozone layer; facing up to global warming; the Basel convention on hazardous wastes; the loss of biological diversity; making international environmental agreements work.
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Mostafa K. Tolba is Professor of Biology at Cairo University and President of the International Center for Environment and Development, Cairo. Iwona Rummel-Bulska is Principal Legal Officer and Chief, Environmental Law Branch, Division of Environmental Law and Conventions, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). She worked closely with Professor Tolba during the negotiations of the major agreements discussed in this book.