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?
Kicking the Habit: The World Bank and the IMF Are Still Addicted to Attaching Economic-policy Conditions to Aid
For a Legitimate, Efficient, and Democratic Global Governance
The Future of Global Governance
Statement No. 1
Mobilize and organize to Stop and Prevent Planet Fever!
Global Civil Society: Shifting Powers in a Shifting World
On the Road to a Citizens Assembly
Cities for All
Assemblies emerging in Turkey: a lesson in democracy
For a Democratic Cosmopolitarian Movement
The IMF, the World Bank, and Respect of Human Rights
The Global Marshall Plan
Reclaiming the ASEAN Community for the People
For Global Reform, a Social Democratic Approach to Globalization
The Right to Water as a Human Right
Beyond the Growth Paradigm: Creating a Unified Progressive Politics
Proposals for a Fair and Sustainable Economy
Greenhouse-gas Emissions and Global Mitigation Efforts
Small-scale Sustainable Farmers Are Cooling Down the Earth
Imagine All the People: Advancing a Global Citizens Movement
Post-2015: Global Action for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future
China Sustainable Development Strategy Report 2011. Greening the Economic Transformation
World Governance of Civilian and Military Nuclear Energy
What Europe does the world need?
Territories: Paradigm Shifts That Need to Be Made for the Transition
Policy Paper on Education: Building the Future through Quality Education
Can We Close the Education Gap?
Proposal for a Charter of Universal Responsibilities
Oil slicks: An Ocean of Profits
Structure of Global Governance: Explaining the Organizational Design of Global Rulemaking Institutions
The State’s Legitimacy in Fragile Situations
Persistent corruption in low-income countries requires global action
Basic Food Income: Option or Obligation?
Bank of the South, International Context, and Alternatives
The Cosmopolitan State
Bringing the Violence of War under Control in a Globalized World
What South Africa Does the World Need?
Regulating Transnational Companies: 46 Proposals
Moving Closer toward an International Standard on Corporate Social Responsibility
A Bit Rich: Calculating the Real Value to Society of Different Professions
Seven Leverage Points for the Passage from Economy to Œconomy
Another Future Is Possible
Preparing Rio+20 at the Thematic Social Forum: A Historical Opportunity
Governance of the World Banana Trade
Raising International Climate Finance
New York summit is last chance to get consensus on climate before 2015 talks
Beyond the Numbers
Military Ethics for a Better World
Rural Areas and World Governance
Rediscovering Nelson Mandela for the Twenty-first Century
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.