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The World's Search for Sustainable Development
A Perspective from the Global South

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  • Author: Mukul Sanwal, United Nations Framework Conventions on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Date Published: November 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107122666

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  • This text traces the evolution of sustainable development and climate change from the time it emerged in international consultations and agreements. The three sections of the book, focusing on the framework, climate change and sustainable development, seek to cover the essentials of the politics of natural resource usage at the global level. The book explores the evolution of sustainable development and climate change within the framework of the United Nations, and the way the concept has been defined through intergovernmental meetings, agreements and consensus within the multilateral system. It also explores the best ways of reducing the risk to the planet while enabling societies to pursue sustainable development paths. The challenges call for a transformation of social systems to facilitate a broadly acceptable change. The book also explores the adoption of low-carbon models different from the high-carbon socio-technical systems and related social practices.

    • Explores the evolution of sustainable development and climate change within the framework of the United Nations
    • Discusses politics of natural resource usage at the global level
    • Suggests pathways towards equitable sustainable development
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    • Date Published: November 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107122666
    • length: 334 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 175 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Social dimension of sustainability
    Part I. Consumption in an Unequal World: Framing International Cooperation:
    2. Geopolitics of the global environment
    3. Natural science - policy - institutions interface
    4. Focus on developing countries
    5. Limitations of multilateral environmental agreements
    Part II. Climate Policy: Global to National:
    6. Political origins of climate policy
    7. Questions on the framework
    8. Burden shifting rather than burden sharing
    9. Development of a shared vision
    10. The middle class and global ecological limits
    11. The new climate regime
    Part III. Sustainable Development: National to Global:
    12. Conceptual and institutional foundation
    13. Politics within the United Nations
    14. Limitations of the building blocks of sustainability
    15. Use of natural resources
    16. Distribution of natural resources
    Part III. Consumption in a More Equal World: Shaping Societal Functions:
    17. Geoeconomics of human well-being
    18. Social science - policy - society interface
    19. Reframing the 'common concern' from a physical to a social problem
    20. Developing a shared global vision
    Part IV. Geopolitics to Geoeconomics: Rural-Urban Divide, Rather Than between Countries:
    21. Urban areas: sustainable development and human well-being
    22. Rural areas: climate change, fragile states and human security
    23. Global sustainable development goals
    24. Transformative impact of the re-emergence of China
    Part V. The Asian Century:
    25. Moving from ideas to reality will depend on how Asia structures its urban future

  • Author

    Mukul Sanwal, United Nations Framework Conventions on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
    Mukul Sanwal obtained a Master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, Massachusetts. He joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1971 and served as a senior member in various departments including industry, agriculture and environment. He represented the Indian government at the Rio Conference in 1992 as a lead negotiator for the climate change treaty. He joined the UN in 1993 as Policy Adviser to the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and later to the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. In 2011, he was invited to teach a course on international relations at the University of Business and the Economy in Beijing, and in 2013 was invited to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, to give a course on the politics of climate change. He is a member of several Indian government committees on sustainability and climate change, and has contributed significantly in the areas of sustainable development, climate policy, governance and global strategic affairs in national and international journals.

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