Planetary Integrity

Kotze, Louis, Kim, Rakhyun, Glass, Lisa-Marie , Du Toit, Louise, Kashwan, Prakash, Liverman, Diana, Montesano, Francesco, Senit, Carole-Anne, Treyer, Sebastian and Villavicencio-Calzadilla, Paola (2022) Planetary Integrity. In: The Political Impact of the Sustainable Development Goals: Transforming Governance Through Global Goals? Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 1-32. ISBN 9781009082945

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Planetary integrity
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The priorities of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) revolve around ‘people’, ‘planet’ and ‘prosperity’. Yet, the precise relationship between these three concerns remains vaguely defined in the 2030 Agenda; as does the place of the ‘planet’ in this plan of action. Implicit in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is that we can ensure global prosperity and equality only within a stable ecological context. Commentators acknowledge that how countries pursue ecological objectives will directly affect their ability to address the majority of the SDGs. The SDGs must therefore, in principle, seek to secure the basis of human wellbeing, while maintaining the biophysical capacity of our planet. Although it remains debatable what this implies in practice, it is reasonable to assume that the integrity of the Earth’s life-support systems, or planetary integrity in short, must be maintained for long-term sustainability. Then the following questions arise: to what extent have the SDGs advanced planetary integrity, and where can we see positive changes to-wards planetary integrity in governance efforts that can be attributed to the SDGs? This chapter offers a range of perspectives that trace out preliminary answers to these questions.

Keywords:Sustainable Development Goals, Planetary integrity, International environmental law, Corporations, Governance through goals
Subjects:M Law > M120 European Union Law
M Law > M130 Public International Law
Divisions:College of Social Science
ID Code:48759
Deposited On:31 Mar 2022 10:43

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