International Environmental Governance

Towards UNEPO


International Environmental Governance: Towards UNEPO offers a significant contribution to practitioners and scholars involved in international debates regarding environmental governance. Clarifying the insufficiency of the 1972 UN General Assembly’s model of a small UN Environment Programme in helping nations stem the accumulating degradation of the environment across the globe, the work poses the remaining question: how should international environmental governance be accomplished? The volume is timely in its examination of the post-Rio+20 period, and furthermore addresses the vital issue of the evolution of UNEP into a ‘specialized agency’ designated the UN Environment Protection Organization (UNEPO), a ‘new mandate’ to revive the UN Trusteeship Council to supervise environment and the commons, as well as law-making and institution-building processes as reflected in multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) and other multilateral forms.

International Environmental Governance: Towards UNEPO addresses the law-making challenge presented by growth in MEAs and proliferation of international environmental institutions, with a thorough consideration of the debate regarding the need for and efficacy of global governance in the field of environment. Dr. Desai’s timely analysis will assist diplomats, lawyers and scholars, citizens and civil servants alike in finding the new roads forward.

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Professor Dr. Bharat H. Desai is Jawaharlal Nehru Chair in International Environmental Law, Professor of International Law and Chairperson of Centre for International Legal Studies at School of International Studies of Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. He serves as an Associate Editor of the Yearbook of International Environmental Law (Oxford), Governing Board member of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law (Ottawa) and Chairman, Centre for Advanced Study on Courts & Tribunals (Amritsar).

Chapter 1: Governing the Environment: An Introduction

Chapter 2: Designing the Institutions: From CSD to HLPF

Chapter 3: International Environmental Institutions: An Overview


Chapter 4: The Quest for a UN Specialized Agency for the Environment

Chapter 5: UNEP: A Global Environment Authority?

Chapter 6: Mapping the Future of International Environmental Governance

Chapter 7: Revitalizing International Environmental Institutions


Chapter 8: Multilateral Environmental Agreements


Chapter 9: Conclusions


I. UN GA Resolution 67/290, 9 July 2013
II. UN GA Resolution 67/251, 13 March 2013
III. UNEP GC as First Universal Session, Decision 27/2, 22 February 2013.
IV. UNEP GC Twelfth Special Session, Decision SS XII/3, 20-22 February 2012
V. Nairobi-Helsinki Outcome, 23 November 2010
VI. UN GA Mandated ‘Informal Consultation’ Co-Chair Report, 10 February 2009
VII. UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel Report, 9 November 2006 (Excerpts)
VIII. The Cartagena Intergovernmental Group of Ministers Report, 6 February 2002
IX. The Intergovernmental Group of Ministers on IEG, First Meeting, 18 April 2001
X. The Malmö Ministerial Declaration, 31 May 2000
XI. UN General Assembly Resolution 53/242, 10 August 1999
XII. The Secretary-General’s Report on Environment & Human Settlements, 6 Oct.1998
XIII. The Nairobi Declaration, 1997

Law Schools and Universities; Secretariats of Multilateral Environmental Agreements; United Nations System; International Governmental and Non-Governmental Organizations; Other environmental/conservation/developmental/ research institutions and think tanks; Multilateral Development Banks; Regional Organizations; Regional Trading Blocks; Governments
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