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Managers of Global ChangeThe Influence of International Environmental Bureaucracies$
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Frank Biermann and Bernd Siebenhüner

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012744

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012744.001.0001

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The Biodiversity Secretariat: Lean Shark in Troubled Waters

The Biodiversity Secretariat: Lean Shark in Troubled Waters

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(p.265) 11 The Biodiversity Secretariat: Lean Shark in Troubled Waters
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Managers of Global Change
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Bernd Siebenhüner

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012744.003.0011

Conceived during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro (Rio Summit) in 1992, the Convention on Biological Diversity entered into force in December 1993, and, as of 2008, was ratified by 189 states except the United States. Signatories to the convention agreed to carry out three obligations: To conserve biological diversity, ensure its sustainable use, and promote fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from the use of genetic resources. Compared to other secretariats, the biodiversity secretariat appears to have been more successful in generating normative, but not cognitive or executive, influence. This chapter explores the role of the secretariat in the functioning and influence of the Convention on Biological Diversity. After providing an overview of the biodiversity secretariat’s organizational structure and activities, the chapter analyzes its cognitive, normative, and executive influences. It also discusses the secretariat’s resources, competences, and embeddedness, along with its organizational expertise, organizational culture, and organizational leadership.

Keywords:   executive influences, biodiversity secretariat, Biological Diversity, organizational structure, embeddedness, organizational expertise, organizational culture, organizational leadership, biological diversity, Rio Summit

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