This contribution presents a number of key assets on the road to a renewable energy global economy. Among these are science, technology innovation and green investment. The Paris Climate Agreement is also presented as a normative framework asset but the deal failed to establish measureable targets to follow up progress throughout its implementation process. This research points out the fact that such a failure is common to most environmental international instruments. The UNFCCC 21st COP which adopted the Paris Climate Agreement is indeed a demonstration once again of the incapacity of the COP mechanism to adopt suitable institutional arrangements to build up sustainability and resilience. It is suggested, however, that this very fact should raise among nations a collective conscience regarding the inadequacies of the current environmental institutions and forums. The international community is invited to seek a strong specialised institution with organisational status within the United Nations system to adopt decisions, environmental standards and sustainability indicators and to implement these autonomously for the sake of the preservation of life on earth for generations to come. To this end, this article shares the solution of resuming and concluding previous consultations and negotiations on reform of the international environmental governance within the United Nations system aiming at the creation of a World Environmental Organisation (WEO).
African Journal of International and Comparative Law – Edinburgh University Press
Published: Aug 1, 2018