An earlier version of this article, with the emphasis on the ideas presented at two World Cafe, is included in Puppim de Oliveira, Jose A. (Ed), 2012. Green Economy and Good Governance for Sustainable Development; Opportunities, Promises and Concerns (UNU Press: Tokyo).
Special Issue Article
A CHARTER MOMENT: RESTRUCTURING GOVERNANCE FOR SUSTAINABILITY†
Version of Record online: 18 JUN 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Public Administration and Development
Special Issue: PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SUSTAINABILITY: THE ROLE OF PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS IN CREATING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Volume 32, Issue 3, pages 292–304, August 2012
How to Cite
Kanie, N., Betsill, M. M., Zondervan, R., Biermann, F. and Young, O. R. (2012), A CHARTER MOMENT: RESTRUCTURING GOVERNANCE FOR SUSTAINABILITY. Public Admin. Dev., 32: 292–304. doi: 10.1002/pad.1625
- Issue online: 18 JUN 2012
- Version of Record online: 18 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 30 APR 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 26 APR 2012
- Manuscript Received: 30 JAN 2012
- international institutions;
- United Nations;
- political actors;
- institutional framework for sustainable development;
- UN Charter;
- Earth System Governance
We are living in a highly dynamic, human-dominated Earth System in which non-linear, abrupt and irreversible changes are not only possible but also probable. These changes require institutional structures capable of steering human society away from critical tipping points and irreversible change and ensuring sustainable livelihoods for all. We see 2012 as a ‘charter moment’, a historic opportunity to transform the institutional framework for sustainable development (IFSD) to better address the critical issues and political dynamics in the 21st century. In this paper, we present ‘The Hakone Vision on Governance for Sustainability in the 21st Century’, which calls for a fundamental restructuring of the IFSD that (i) clearly articulates the ‘aspirations’ of governance for sustainability including objectives and underlying values and norms, (ii) allows for meaningful and accountable participation by a wide range of ‘actors’ to develop solutions ‘from’ people ‘for’ people and (iii) creates an ‘architecture’ to include better configuration of actors, actor groups and their networks, as well as improved institutions and decision-making mechanisms. We situate the Hakone Vision in the context of discussions of the IFSD and discuss our process for developing the Hakone Vision through a series of ‘world café’ discussions involving academic experts on global environmental governance and policy practitioners working at the local, national and global level. With our assessment of the IFSD and the challenges we face, we suggest that proposals for a Sustainable Development Council in the United Nations warrant further consideration, among others. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.