ISSN: 2250-2777

A Critical Look at The Current Regime and UNEP
Author(s): Anvesh Verma & Nishant Sharma

Thirty years ago, the United Nations Environment Programme's publication, The World Environment 1972-1982, concluded with the observation that: At the Stockholm Conference it was generally assumed that the world's system of national governments, regional groupings and international agencies had the power to take effective action.... By the early 1980s there was less confidence in the capacity of national and international managerial systems to apply known principles and techniques, or in the effectiveness with which international debates lead to action ... Restoration of confidence and consensus in these areas may be the greatest challenge for those seeking to improve the world environment in the 1980s'. It is unsettling that the same statement is still valid three decades later much evident from the collapse of Copenhagen summit. The world is still grappling with the issue of how best to manage the global environment. Preparations for the 2002 Summit have re-ignited a global interest in strengthening international environmental governance, and central to this debate is the role and direction of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Defining UNEP's future has become a paramount issue in a debate stirring not only within the microcosm of the United Nations' system, but also in non-governmental institutions, which are eager to redefine their rising profile, along with UNEP, in the evolving governance structure.

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