Invitation to contribute and share comments and texts

Earth System Governance Project • May 9th, 2011
Invitation to contribute and share comments and texts

This website on International Environmental Governance and the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Development is the core element of an initiative by the Earth System Governance Project on these topics and aims at contributing to the process leading to the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 Earth Summit). [more about the website]

The Earth System Governance Project is hoping for a lively discussion, online and offline, between scientist and between scientists and other stakeholders. You are therefore cordially invited to:

1. Contribute to “News and Opinion”; 

2. Comment on opinions or other content published at the website;

3. Disseminate content and promote the website in general;

4. Suggest relevant events, publications, and headlines to be included at the website;

5. Follow the new initiative on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter.

The Earth System Governance Project is looking forward to your input, and please contact us at if you have any questions, if you need further information, or if you would like to discuss ideas before posting them at

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well i must  appreciate this

well i must  appreciate this is indeed an epic initiative to create a web site on international Environmental Governance and the Institutional Framework for Sustainable Developmen.

it is seriously a great

it is seriously a great platform .

a great effort have been done as its not easy task to do 

thanks for the invite .

we should contribute as much v can.


Hallo, einen sehr schönen

Hallo, einen sehr schönen Blog haben Sie hier! Es macht Spass Ihre Beiträge zu lesen! Mit freundlichem Gruß

I must say, as a lot as I

I must say, as a lot as I enjoyed reading what you had to say, I couldnt assist but shed interest soon after a while. Its as if you had a wonderful grasp on the topic matter, but you forgot to contain your readers. Maybe you need to take into consideration this from far far more than 1 angle. Or maybe you shouldnt generalise so considerably. Its greater if you take into consideration what other people may possibly have to say instead of just going for a gut reaction towards the subject. Take into consideration adjusting your own believed method and giving others who could read this the benefit with the doubt.

Evaluating Quality of Governance - Rather Than More Institutions

Hi All,

Please see my monograph: Quality and Legitimacy of Global Governance: Case Lessons From Forestry:

I advance the argument that it is not institutions per se that are effective and/or legitimate in how they tackle sustainable development, but rather it is the quality of the governance arrangements (or governance system) by which they are steered and/or co-ordinated that makes the difference.

In a political environment in which state and non-state actors interact in what can only be described in 'patchy' ways, which are either broadly democratic or restricted in who makes decisions, it is very difficult for 'stakeholders' to determine which institutions they should support - or not.

In my work, I talk about the need for "participation as structure" and "deliberation as process" as the two key principles of legitimate governance in the global environmental arena. From this I develop a series of criteria and indicators for evaluating governance quality.

My broader argument is that we do not need to 'reinvent the wheel' and create another layer of global bureaucracy; rather we need global standards for governance quality for existing (and new) institutions/programmes/mechanisms/instruments. This is not about telling institutions that they 'must' do this, or that, but rather that they need to demonstrate that participation in their structures is meaningful and deliberations within their processes are productive.

I hope shortly to post a theory paper on this site to encourage discussion,

Best wishes,



Yes, really.

An Idea for Institutional Framework of Sustainable Development

How about subject UNEC (UN Environment Council, an update of UNEP) and UNDC (UN Development Council, an update of UNDP) and UN Economic and Social Council under the auspices of UN Council of Sustainable Development (an update of UN Commission for Sustainable Development)?

Perhaps a large 'surgery' is necessary!

Delivering as one, to streamline the needs of states governments, a creation of national council of sustainable development that subject Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Development, and Ministry of Economy, Councils of Sustainable Development at national levels directly follow UN Council of Sustainable Development! At the same time, Environment Ministries directly feedback UNEC (i.e. through attending UNEC conferences, forums etc.), Development Ministries directly  feedback UN Development Council!

Thanks & Relevant Documents

Dear Fen Wang,

Thanks for your comment / suggestion. Actually, there are a number of publications on this website dealing with (parts of) this idea and similar ideas like those on a United Nations Environment Organisation - e.g.: 

Governance 4 SD

Very good initiative if we focuss on people who vulnerable & exploited

paper on global security and systemic/paradigm change

Hi, Great project. Thanks for this invite to contribute. FYI, paper for NATO looking at how we collectively manage so impressively not to resolve global problems, with examples of policies that would work cross-issue at relevant scale and speed. Hope this helps. Have followed your project on twitter as @blindspotting