Rebuilding the Environmental Balance
Conference for Climate Change
Greenhouse-gas Emissions and Global Mitigation Efforts
Small-scale Sustainable Farmers Are Cooling Down the Earth
After Copenhagen, Some Light on the Horizon
Henceforth, the Keys to the Future are Responsibility, Solidarity, and Courage
Raising International Climate Finance
Civil Society’s Impact on the Multilateral Sphere: Lessons Learned and Future Directions
Another System of International Relations
The UN and World Governance
Environmental Governance and Managing the Earth
Beyond the Growth Paradigm: Creating a Unified Progressive Politics
Seven Leverage Points for the Passage from Economy to Œconomy
The Challenge of Environmental Governance
Negative Growth or Sustainable Development?
"Negative Growth": Rebirth of a Revolutionary Concept
On the Road to a Citizens Assembly
A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility
Proposals for a New World Governance
Global Democracy: Civil Society Visions and Strategies (G05) Conference Report
A European Way of Security. The Madrid Report on the Human Security Study Group
Forging a World of Liberty under Law: US National Security in the Twenty-first Century
An Ecological Act: A Backgrounder to the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA)
The State of the Right to Education Worldwide: Free or Fee
Can We Close the Education Gap?
What Amazonia Does the World Need?
Persistent corruption in low-income countries requires global action
The State’s Legitimacy in Fragile Situations
The reduction of pollution and greenhouse-gas emissions is a truly global issue. The world today faces a patchwork of legislations, NGOs, profit-making stakeholders, and other players with varied foci and interests. In particular, most of the current governance concepts in use lack transparency to the end users or consumers as well as an international profile, and also do not associate the political objectives with concrete implementation measurements.
To face this, the World Team A of the Youth Innovation Competition on Global Governance has developed a truly global approach by proposing the International Emissions Organization (IEO). Complementary to current legislation and regulation, the IEO would need to be equipped with a number of tools, powers, governance mechanisms, and incentives. These include:
internationally standardized pollution grading to measure emissions at the national level and labeling of consumer products to increase transparency;
linkage with WTO sanction mechanisms to exclude non-compliant products from international trade;
economic and diplomatic incentives to member countries;
financial support for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) and R&D in pollution-reduction technologies;
acting as a forum of interaction with NGOs and international public opinion.
The IEO would be founded on the basis of the Kyoto Protocol doctrine but would take emission-reduction objectives further, into a more operational perspective, by including binding institutional governance rules for dispute settlement, membership, and so forth. It is to be expected that high-profile non-member countries of the Kyoto Protocol will be incited to become a member through the influence of the IEO and its links to the WTO. The environment of the earth urgently needs an irrevocable commitment in greenhouse-gas emissions policies.
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