Thirty years of environmental diplomacy have created a global network of international institutions. The UN Environment Programme, the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, and the Global Environment Facility are accompanied by over 200 environmental conventions and many other institutions-such as the World Bank or the World Trade Organization-whose decisions affect environmental performance. Yet despite this proliferation of organizations, global environmental quality is still deteriorating. This book reviews the strengths and weaknesses of the existing structure of global environmental governance and identifies and analyses the major options for change, including proposals for a new world environmental court and world environment organization. A ‘Perspectives’ section adds viewpoints from a series of authors from different backgrounds-developing and developed country, government, business, academic and NGO.
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