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Participation of NGOs in International Environmental Governance

Participation of NGOs in International Environmental Governance

Legal Basis and Practical Experience

The main conclusions and results of a study exploring functions, rules and practices of NGO participation in international environmental co-operation are presented in an Ecologic Brief.

Many actors such as the EU, UNECE and UNEP increasingly recognise the potential benefits of an enhanced involvement of civil society in international policy-making on sustainable development.

This Ecologic Brief identifies a number of options for a strengthened participation of NGOs in international environmental governance and is intended to contribute to the related international discussions.

This Ecologic Brief is a summary of the book Participation of Non-Governmental Organisations in International Environmental Co-operation - Legal Basis and Practical Experience. The Book and the Ecologic Brief are results of the project NGO's in International Environmental Policy. The full study [pdf, 923 KB, English] of the project is available for download.


Citation

Oberthür, Sebastian et al. 2003: Participation of Non-Governmental Organisations in International Environmental Governance. Legal Basis and Practical Experience. [Ecologic Briefs on International Relations and Sustainable Development]. Berlin: ecoscript.

Language
English
Author(s)
Dr. Stefanie Pfahl
Sebastian Müller
Jakob Werksman
Alice Palmer
Publisher
Year
2003
ISBN
3-937085-00-9
ISSN
1611-4787
Dimension
20 pp.
Project ID
1890
Table of Contents
  •     Foreword
  •     Participation of NGOs in International
  •     Environmental Governance
  •     Executive Summary
  •     Background: Definition, Classifications and
  •     Functions of NGOs
  •     The Participation of NGOs in International
  •     Environmental Policy-Making to Date
  •     Options for Enhancing the Role of NGOs
  •     Fundamental Elements of NGO Participation
  •     Accreditation and Access to Information
  •     Access to Meetings and Active Participation
  •     Imbalanced Representation
  •     Dispute Settlement and Implementation Review
  •     (Ombudsman/Panel)
Keywords
Participation, NGO, Non-Governmental Organisations, Environmental Governance, World Summit on Sustainable Development, WSSD, Rio-Declaration, Agenda 21, civil society, UNECE, UNEP, Accreditation, Access to Information, Dispute settlement, Europe, EU