To be effective and legitimate, the governance of sustainable development requires the participation of a diverse set of actors ranging from transnational civil society groups to indigenous peoples. This book explores the extent to which the current system of governance allows for the participation of diverse actors, and fi nds that there are still many obstacles
impeding the inclusion and infl uence of a number of different groups.
Written by leading experts and practitioners in the fi eld of sustainable development, this book examines the obstacles to effective participation, and how they can be overcome to improve
both the quality of engagement and the resulting systems of sustainable development governance. The authors offer a working defi nition of engagement, and describe formal and informal methods that actors may use to participate in and infl uence global policymaking. They examine a number of current policymaking processes, draw lessons from successful examples, and provide recommendations for future improvements in the governance of sustainable development.
As a thorough examination of the challenges of participation, this book is a useful resource for academics and policymakers, as well as groups seeking greater input into sustainable