Since 1945, the UN has been actively engaged in conceptualizingstrategies for both economic development and a sustainable environment. From a broadhistorical perspective, Development without Destruction sketches the role played byorganizations and individuals in the UN system in developing and consolidatingprinciples of international law and international governance with respect to naturalresource management. Nico Schrijver highlights the UN's efforts to generate andimplement strategies to resolve tensions between economic development andenvironmental protection, conservation and exploitation, sovereignty andinternationalism, and armed conflict and peaceful access to natural resources.Schrijver's thorough analysis is an indispensable guide to management of thecritical environmental issues on today's global agenda.
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Nico Schrijver holds the Chair of International Law and is Academic Director of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University. He is author of The Evolution of Sustainable Development in International Law: Inception, Meaning, and Status and Sovereignty over Natural Resources: Balancing Rights and Duties.Review:
Schrijver's thorough account of the achievements of the UN across the field of natural resource management enables him both to assess that contribution and to make realistic, practical suggestions for improvement. (James Crawford University of Cambridge)
This timely study makes a seminal contribution to understanding the management of natural resources in the context of changing economic, environmental, and social realities. . . . Schrijver's work shows how research undertaken by the UN is contributing to the search for solutions to today's main challenge: safeguarding the global commons for tomorrow, while providing a decent quality of life for all. (Supachai Panitchpakdi Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development)
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