The Organization of the Impossible

By Konrad von Moltke on January 15, 2002
There is a growing international debate about the creation of a "World Environment Organization" (WEO, also sometimes called a "Global Environmental Organization"). Policy-makers, from the former Director General of the World Trade Organization Renato Ruggiero to French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, have embraced this idea in general terms. But everything depends on the specifics that might flow from such proposals, in particular the answer to the two central questions: will it improve (international) environmental governance significantly?; and will it improve international governance in general?

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IISD, 2002