IDS Bulletin Vol. 30 Nos. 3

Towards a World Environment Organisation?

Published on 1 July 1999

Summary This article explores the possible need for a new international body to address environmental problems along the lines of a World Environment Organisation (WEO). A case is made that existing institutions and policy mechanisms for combating environmental problems have fallen short in several crucial respects. Perhaps most notable among the failings of contemporary approaches is a failure of internalisation. A WEO is argued to facilitate the internationalisation of environmental costs, as well as redress many of the other problems identified with existing international cooperative responses. The article is a summary of a larger project on the perspectives of different LDCs towards the possible creation of such an institution.

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Newell, P. and Whalley, J. (1999) Towards a World Environment Organisation?. IDS Bulletin 30(3): 16-24

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Institute of Development Studies


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