Environmental Governance and Managing the Earth
Global Environmental Governance: Elements of a Reform Agenda
Earth System Governance - The Challenge for Social Science
Environmental Governance and Managing the Earth
What Amazonia Does the World Need?
On the Road to Rio+20 - Proposals for a Citizen Project
"Biocivilization" for the Sustainability of Life and of the Planet. Video on the Workshop
Biocivilization for the Sustainability of Life and of the Planet - Workshop
Proposals for a New World Governance
Rethinking and Changing World Governance
Proposals for a Fair and Democratic Architecture of Power
Rio+20 and Beyond. No Future without Justice
A new historical moment?
Campaign for People’s Goals for Sustainable Development
Rio+20: Failed Diplomacy, Feeble Democracy
The Commons and World Governance
Dialog of Chinese, European, and South American Civil Societies at Rio+20
Call to Multiply the Village of Alternatives
3rd Dialogue Meeting between civil societies from China, Europe and South America
Could the COP 21 be our next Westphalian Moment?
Political Oversight of the ICANN: A Briefing for the WSIS Summit
Contesting Global Governance. Multilateral Economic Institutions and Global Social Movements
Alterglobalization, a Long-term Process Leading to Alternatives
Greenhouse-gas Emissions and Global Mitigation Efforts
Negative Growth or Sustainable Development?
China: Sustainable Development Strategy Report 2009
Winnowing Wheat from Chaff
Towards a World Citizens Movement
People-centered Global Governance: Making It Happen!
The IMF, the World Bank, and Respect of Human Rights
Global Civil Society: Shifting Powers in a Shifting World
World Governance. A Personal European View
Political Parties and Global Democracy
The Extraterritorial Scope of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)
Can Democracy Survive Interdependence?
Proposals for a Fair and Sustainable Economy
The UN: Which Reforms for What Future?
The World Governance Index (WGI)
Second Meeting of the China, Europe, and South America Dialog Group: Civil Societies Moving Forward for Change
Preparing Rio+20 at the Thematic Social Forum: A Historical Opportunity
Beyond the Numbers
“Guadalajara Declaration on the future of the city”. A Proposal
World Governance of Civilian and Military Nuclear Energy
Rural Areas and World Governance
Policy Paper on Education: Building the Future through Quality Education
Charter of the Peoples of the Earth
Inventing a New World Governance Now
China Sustainable Development Strategy Report 2011. Greening the Economic Transformation
After Rio+20: What New World Governance Does the World Need?
Declaration of the Regions on Their Participation in Governance and Globalization
Education International’s Response to the Global Monitoring Report 2006 on "Literacy for Life"
Post-2015: Global Action for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future
From Westernization to Globalization. A Brief History of Chinese Modernity
Do Space and Action Have to Be Contradictory? Toward an Inclusive WSF Strategy
The UN Reform and the Alterglobalization Movement
Seven Leverage Points for the Passage from Economy to Œconomy
Regulating Transnational Companies: 46 Proposals
Moving Closer toward an International Standard on Corporate Social Responsibility
Beyond the Growth Paradigm: Creating a Unified Progressive Politics
Governance of the World Banana Trade
Another Future Is Possible
Raising International Climate Finance
Low-carbon Economy and Sustainable Development
New York summit is last chance to get consensus on climate before 2015 talks
Mobilize and organize to Stop and Prevent Planet Fever!
Like a Rainbow Nation
Rediscovering Nelson Mandela for the Twenty-first Century
Fair Coop, the Earth cooperative for a fair economy
The United Nations Climate Summit (Copenhagen, December 7-18, 2009) is our last chance to obtain an indispensable agreement to renew and deepen the Kyoto Protocol, which runs to 2012 and has turned out to be insufficient to deal with the disastrous evolution of climate change, with environmental deterioration now worse, in some cases, than the most ominous forecasts.
In the lead-up the summit, the heads of the main industrial powers, including for the first time China, have entered into a game of statements on emission reductions, with nothing, however, to guarantee the authenticity of their statements nor that in the end, the economic interests of the few will not prevail once more over the interests and well-being of the many, the environment, and future generations. For some, ours may very well come to pass as the generation of the stupidity. (1)
Citizenry, on its side, is rallying to have its voice heard. Although it is not represented, part of the emerging global civil society will attend Copenhagen nonetheless, and at the same time four million people have already endorsed an unprecedented Internet-based global campaign requesting that political leaders sign a "fair, ambitious, and binding deal." (2)
We believe this situation to be too serious to leave it exclusively in the hands of state leaders or in those of a certain private “green free market.” For these reasons, and as an alternative to leaving the future of the planet at the mercy of a few special interests, we are waging a battle for an environmental governance that will set rules of the game based on justice, transparency, plural participation, and an international common legal body. These rules are to cover not only the setting of emission quotas but all the aspects of the complex relationship between humankind and the biosphere.
This article is a definition of the concept of environmental governance that the FnWG prepared for publication on Wikipedia and on WikiCoredem, and also claims to be a contribution to the Copenhagen Summit and to a necessary citizen debate on the construction of structural and ambitious solutions for a sustainable future. Enjoy your read.