SOAS University of London

Challenges for Multilateral Environmental Negotiations:A Southern Sustainable Development Perspective

DOHA 2012
Ms Chee Yoke Ling (Third World Network)

Date: 20 March 2013Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 20 March 2013Time: 8:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4421

Type of Event: Seminar

An unprecedented number of multilateral environmental agreements were concluded in the 1990s, within the framework of sustainable development and the principles of the 1992 Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. A central operating principle is equity between developing and developed countries embodied in the principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities”. More than 20 years later, as acknowledged in the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), there has been largely a failure of implementation. The series of financial crises and the proliferation of civil society protests against various trade agreements also reflect systemic flaws in economic governance and policy direction. The principle of equity is under attack, and the UN categorization of “developed” and “developing” countries is itself being challenged. The speaker will share her experiences on the dynamics of the UN processes related to the climate change and biodiversity treaties, as well as the broader sustainable development agenda. Will equity survive and is there hope for the paradigm shift from unsustainable to sustainable development that was envisaged in 1992?

Chee Yoke Ling is trained in international law, with degrees from the University of Malaya (Malaysia) and Cambridge University (UK). She is the Director of Programmes of Third World Network (TWN), which has its international secretariat in Malaysia. She is currently based in the Beijing office of TWN. She has been involved in sustainable development work since her student days in the 1980s, starting with community activism and moving to policy advocacy, both at the national and international levels. TWN is an international non-profit research and advocacy organisation based in Malaysia, involved in issues relating to sustainable development, the South and North-South relations.

All events are free and open to students and non-students. No registration is required.

Organiser: Virginie Rouas

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