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“Transforming governance and institutions for global sustainability: key insights from the
Earth System Governance Project.”

Manage conflicts among international treaties

Reforms needed in the area of conflicts between different treaties within
sustainability policy: accepting the objectives inscribed in multilateral
environmental treaties as principles and implication of the governments in
strengthening the environmental treaties;

Example: The field of international environmental treaties is particularly prone to conflicting regulation
and therefore several factors can be taken into account:


Most of the existing environmental regulation was adopted in a reactive manner in the
aftermath of environmental disasters, therefore dealing only with a sp ecific sector, area or
environmental medium.
The inherent complexity of the field and its sometimes conflicting goals (in particular, the
tension between the exploitation and preservation of resources) by itself creates a
potential for conflict.

Solving the conflicts between economic and environmental treaties =>
sustainability on a global scale can only be achieved with reforms in the global
economic system (i.e. sustainable development and poverty eradication);
=> environmental goals nee d to be embedded into the activities of all global
economic institutions;

Fill regulatory gaps by negotiating new international agreements

Beside strengthening the existing environmental treaties and their interaction with
economic treaties, there are other five areas where new and strengthened
international agreements should be included:
 New frameworks into the area of emerging technologies (i.e.
nanotechnology, synthetic biology, geoengineering) in order to ensure that
environmental considerations are fully respected, because on one hand they
promise significant benefits but on the other hand they present potential
risks for sustainable development;
 Stronger framework regarding the water governance at a global
 Stronger regulations in food governance in order to reduce famine from
which a billion of people are still suffering (international management of food
safety and nutrition);
 Stronger global governance in the area of energy; millions of people
still without access to electricity in the context of increasing energy demand
in the developing world => the need for energy security!
 Implementing regulatory frameworks for complex ecosystem
services in the landscape (ex: timber production) and in freshwater bodies
(ex: fisheries)

Upgrade UNEP and the UNCSD


The need for upgrading UNEP to a specialized agency for environmental
protection is mandatory in the context of a transformation of the current
governance architecture in order to ensure the strengthening for sustainable
Also the creation of UNSCD (United Nations Sustainable Development
Council) in the context of a mechanism that is powerful among the
international hierarchy so it can ensure the integration of sustainable
development policy within the UN system and beyond.

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