Global environmental governance: the challenge of accountability

This issue of Sustainable Development Insights argues that accountability-or lack thereof-is a fundamental challenge in confronting improved global environmental governance (GEG) and that success must be measured not simply by the vitality of the negotiation process but by the robustness of implementation. States as well as institutions must be judged not by their statements of good intentions but by measurable implementation of their commitments and achievement of goals. The authors provide five reasons for GEG's culture of unaccountability and seven related ideas for GEG reform.

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