Trusteeship of the Global Commons
- New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law series
Chapter 5: Trusteeship
The integrated and interdependent nature of the new challenges and issues contrasts sharply with the nature of the institutions that exist today. These institutions tend to be independent, fragmented, and working to relatively narrow mandates with closed decision processes. Those responsible for managing natural resources and protecting the environment are institutionally separated from those responsible for managing the economy. The real world of inter-locked economic and ecological systems will not change; the policies and institutions concerned must. Our Common Future, Brundtland Report 1987. [E]ven if everyone ratifies . . . it won’t be enough . . . What that suggests to me is that the traditional way of developing international legal standards in small incremental steps, each of which must be ratified before it comes into effect, is simply not equipped to deal with the fast-moving crises of environmental proportions which we face. Sir Geoffrey Palmer.
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