Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
An Unfinished Foundation – The United Nations and Global Environmental Governance - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

An Unfinished Foundation: The United Nations and Global Environmental Governance

Ken Conca


This book examines the origins, effectiveness, and limitations of the United Nations system’s approach to global environmental governance. The UN Charter mandates the global organization to seek four noble aspirations: international peace and security, rule of law among nations, human rights for all people, and social progress through development. On environmental issues, however, the UN has understood its charge much more narrowly. It works for “better law between nations” and “better development within them” while treating peace, security, and human rights as unrelated to the world’s environ ... More

Keywords: United Nations, global governance, environment, international organization, peace, human rights, sustainability, sustainable development, international law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190232856
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190232856.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ken Conca, author
Professor of International Relations, American University