A charter moment

Restructuring governance for sustainability

Norichika Kanie, Michele M. Betsill, Ruben Zondervan, Frank Biermann, Oran R. Young

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

29 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-304
Number of pages13
JournalPublic Administration and Development
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Aug
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

charter
institutional framework
restructuring
sustainable development
sustainability
governance
twenty first century
institutional change
United Nations
livelihood
UNO
transform
decision making
expert
participation
Values
Group

Keywords

  • Earth System Governance
  • Governance
  • Institutional framework for sustainable development
  • International institutions
  • Political actors
  • UN Charter
  • United Nations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Public Administration

Cite this

A charter moment : Restructuring governance for sustainability. / Kanie, Norichika; Betsill, Michele M.; Zondervan, Ruben; Biermann, Frank; Young, Oran R.

In: Public Administration and Development, Vol. 32, No. 3, 08.2012, p. 292-304.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Kanie, N, Betsill, MM, Zondervan, R, Biermann, F & Young, OR 2012, 'A charter moment: Restructuring governance for sustainability', Public Administration and Development, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 292-304. https://doi.org/10.1002/pad.1625
Kanie, Norichika ; Betsill, Michele M. ; Zondervan, Ruben ; Biermann, Frank ; Young, Oran R. / A charter moment : Restructuring governance for sustainability. In: Public Administration and Development. 2012 ; Vol. 32, No. 3. pp. 292-304.
@article{25538efae28b4432b0f38801ec6a4753,
title = "A charter moment: Restructuring governance for sustainability",
abstract = "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 caf{\'e}' 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.",
keywords = "Earth System Governance, Governance, Institutional framework for sustainable development, International institutions, Political actors, UN Charter, United Nations",
author = "Norichika Kanie and Betsill, {Michele M.} and Ruben Zondervan and Frank Biermann and Young, {Oran R.}",
year = "2012",
month = "8",
doi = "10.1002/pad.1625",
language = "English",
volume = "32",
pages = "292--304",
journal = "Public Administration and Development",
issn = "0271-2075",
publisher = "John Wiley and Sons Ltd",
number = "3",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - A charter moment

T2 - Restructuring governance for sustainability

AU - Kanie, Norichika

AU - Betsill, Michele M.

AU - Zondervan, Ruben

AU - Biermann, Frank

AU - Young, Oran R.

PY - 2012/8

Y1 - 2012/8

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - Earth System Governance

KW - Governance

KW - Institutional framework for sustainable development

KW - International institutions

KW - Political actors

KW - UN Charter

KW - United Nations

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84862634259&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84862634259&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1002/pad.1625

DO - 10.1002/pad.1625

M3 - Article

VL - 32

SP - 292

EP - 304

JO - Public Administration and Development

JF - Public Administration and Development

SN - 0271-2075

IS - 3

ER -