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Sustainable Development

A History

Egelston, Anne E.

2013, X, 118 p.

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  • Presents the history of sustainable development prior to the World Commission on Environment and Development report in 1987
  • Expands theoretical research about non-governmental organizations' political influence by examining activities away from formal conference negotiations
  • Challenges the origins of non-governmental organizations as actors in international politics as a result of the end of the Cold War
  • Provides insight into the formation of the sustainable development political paradigms and frameworks

This book documents the influence of non-governmental organizations on the rise of the sustainable development movement in international politics. It adds to the body of scholarly research on non-governmental organizations, by examining their political influence during the first two decades of international environmental politics - from the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment in 1972 to the establishment of the World Conference on Environment and Development in 1982. NGOs wielded their rational moral authority to achieve their goals in attending environmental mega-conferences. In turn, these successes gave rise to a symbiotic relationship with the United Nations Environment Program and secured a seemingly permanent position at not only the negotiating table, but also the inner hallways and back rooms of the United Nations.

The author is President and CEO of Spitfire Environmental Consulting, Inc., a firm which assists clients with creating greenhouse gas credits internationally as well as providing emission trading services.  Her work in environmental finance spans thirteen years and includes such programs as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, US EPA’s Acid Rain Trading Program, Emission Reduction Credits, California Reclaim, and Texas Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » Non-governmental Organizations - Political Influence - Sustainable Development - United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (UNCHE) - United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP)

Related subjects » Political Science - Sustainable Development

Table of contents 

Contents


1. An Invitation to Explore the Role of NGOs

1.1 Environmental Consciousness

1.2 NGOs Political Influence on Sustainable Development   

1.3 Research Design

1.4 Methodology

1.5 Remainder of the Book

 

2. NGOs Herald the Arrival of Sustainability

2.1 UNEP

2.2 The UN Environmental Conferences

2.3 NGOs at the UN Conferences

2.4 Sustainable Development

 

3. Theoretical Concepts

3.1 An Outline

3.2 Global Civil Society

3.3 Regime Theory

3.4 Global Environmental Governance

3.5 NGO Influence

3.5.1 Rational Moral Authority

3.5.2 Goal Achievement

3.5.3 Political Influence

3.5.4 Power and Influence

3.5.5 Explanatory Factors

3.6 A Model Emerges

 

4. From Stockholm to Our Common Future

4.1 Environmental Affairs Prior to Stockholm

4.2 Stockholm          

4.3 The Lost Years

4.4 Sustainability away from the UN

4.5 Nairobi

4.6 Conclusions

 

5. Reflections          

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Three Key Propositions

5.3 Global Governance Theory Revisited

5.4 NGO Goals

5.4.1 Goal Achievement

5.4.2 Providing Expert Assistance

5.4.3 Lobbying Decision Makers

5.4.4 Representing the Organization

5.4.5 Implementing Policy

5.4.6 Keeping Issues Alive

5.5 Conditions Impacting Influence

5.5.1 Normative Traits and Characteristics

5.5.2 NGO Capabilities

5.5.3 Political Opportunities

5.5.4 Player's Expectations

5.5.5 Formal Rules of Participation

5.6 NGOs and the Cold War

5.7 Conclusions

 

6. Parting Thoughts

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Lessons Learned

6.3 Implications

6.4 One Way Forward

6.5 Directions for Further Research

6.6 Conclusions


Index


Index


1. An Invitation to Explore the Role of NGOs

1.1 Environmental Consciousness

1.2 NGOs Political Influence on Sustainable Development   

1.3 Research Design

1.4 Methodology

1.5 Remainder of the Book

 

2. NGOs Herald the Arrival of Sustainability

2.1 UNEP

2.2 The UN Environmental Conferences

2.3 NGOs at the UN Conferences

2.4 Sustainable Development

 

3. Theoretical Concepts

3.1 An Outline

3.2 Global Civil Society

3.3 Regime Theory

3.4 Global Environmental Governance

3.5 NGO Influence

3.5.1 Rational Moral Authority

3.5.2 Goal Achievement

3.5.3 Political Influence

3.5.4 Power and Influence

3.5.5 Explanatory Factors

3.6 A Model Emerges

 

4. From Stockholm to Our Common Future

4.1 Environmental Affairs Prior to Stockholm

4.2 Stockholm          

4.3 The Lost Years

4.4 Sustainability away from the UN

4.5 Nairobi

4.6 Conclusions

 

5. Reflections          

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Three Key Propositions

5.3 Global Governance Theory Revisited

5.4 NGO Goals

5.4.1 Goal Achievement

5.4.2 Providing Expert Assistance

5.4.3 Lobbying Decision Makers

5.4.4 Representing the Organization

5.4.5 Implementing Policy

5.4.6 Keeping Issues Alive

5.5 Conditions Impacting Influence

5.5.1 Normative Traits and Characteristics

5.5.2 NGO Capabilities

5.5.3 Political Opportunities

5.5.4 Player's Expectations

5.5.5 Formal Rules of Participation

5.6 NGOs and the Cold War

5.7 Conclusions

 

6. Parting Thoughts

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Lessons Learned

6.3 Implications

6.4 One Way Forward

6.5 Directions for Further Research

6.6 Conclusions


Index


Index

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