Special Issue "Global Environmental Policy and Governance in Sustainability"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 July 2020).
Interests: global governance; resilience and fragility; international organizations; science-policy interface; environmental conventions; climate change governance; United States foreign environmental policy; United Nations reform; sustainability on campuses and in organizations; Sustainable Development Goals
“Reform is not a onetime action, it is a permanent attitude,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres emphasized upon taking office in 2017. Reform is indeed a perpetual state for the United Nations because the problems it seeks to address evolve over time and require new approaches and actions. However, reform also requires learning from past achievements and challenges. As the state of the global environment deteriorates progressively, governments and citizens are questioning the effectiveness of global environmental policy and governance. The system centers around the United Nations Environment Programme, the anchor institution for the global environment, and a series of multilateral environmental agreements on specific environmental issues. What have we accomplished through these institutions and why? Where have we encountered difficulties? And what can be done to improve environmental policy and governance in order to attain sustainability?
This Special Issue assesses the achievements and challenges in environmental governance globally and regionally, discusses the implementation of the reform efforts in environment and sustainable development to date, and offers a range of possible innovations in environmental policy and governance that would contribute to sustainability. It seeks to inform the reform initiatives in the United Nations and the debates within national governments and thus engages a number of scholars, policymakers, experts, and public opinion influencers from around the word.
Prof. Maria Ivanova
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1900 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- global environmental policy
- global environmental governance
- UN reform
- 2030 Agenda
- science-policy interface
- multistakeholder governance