Planetary Commons Approach for Environmental Governance



Published 2024-05-29

Recommendations for Summit of the Future

Planetary Commons approach for environmental governance, a way to find recommendations for the 2024 Summit of the Future?

Human activity is the dominant environmental influence today, causing systemic and unmanageable impacts. Issues like global warming, deforestation, and pollution drive cascading and unpredictable environmental changes, potentially crossing irreversible tipping points.

This policy brief discusses recommended environmental governance actions before the 2024 Summit of the Future. It considers this from the perspective of the nine planetary boundaries crucial for Earth’s resilience and stability.

Current governance is insufficient, with separate treaties failing to address broader impacts. A new “planetary commons” approach is proposed, expanding the “global commons” concept to include vital environmental systems crucial for all life.

This approach advocates for collective management of these systems, recognizing their interdependence and the need for a nested governance structure with local and global regulation.

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Towards a Planetary Commons Approach for Environmental Governance

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The organisations behind the one page summary

United Nations University Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) is a think tank within the United Nations that carries out policy-focused research.

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) advances science and provides solutions for a safe and just future.

The Global Challenges Foundation provides support for the “Towards a Planetary Commons Approach for Environmental Governance”.

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