Study finds global leaders unlikely to prioritize environmental policy
at annual meeting
CALGARY, April 5 /CNW/ - In a paper released today by The School of
Public Policy, Professor Barry Carin examines the prospect of G-20
leaders taking hard action on environmental issues at upcoming meetings
and finds that it is unlikely that environmental policy will be a major
agenda item for the next meeting in France in 2011, or at future
"There are major obstacles to G-20 action on international environmental
issues," Carin writes. "The dangerous downside risks occur in the
distant future, but policies and actions that lessen warming have
immediate costs." The G-20 is a body that has its hands full dealing
with the current economic and financial challenges.
Meanwhile, the environment is in dire need of substantive action.
Carin's report evaluates ten environmental action points - Climate
Change, Water, Forests, Biodiversity and Land Use Management, Air
Pollution, Waste Management, Ozone Layer Depletion, Oceans, Fisheries
and Population - all of which paint an ugly picture for future
The report blames current institutions, like the United Nations, for not
being able to coordinate their efforts in protecting the environment.
He calls the vast number of international environmental institutions "a
ballet company of prima donnas without a choreographer."
It is because of these failures that Carin looks to the G-20 to take the
lead when it comes to the environment. He proposes a clear six-point
agenda for global leaders to create real results, which includes
addressing inefficient fossil fuel subsidies, promoting
emission-abatement investments, and empowering current environmental
organizations, among others.
Still, Carin concedes the likelihood of such an agenda being implemented
at the next G-20 meeting is unlikely because major players like the US
and China are far more concerned with strengthening their economies or
current international security issues.
The paper can be found by going to www.policyschool.ca, then clicking "latest papers".
SOURCE University of Calgary - School of Public Policy
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