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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 Secretariat of the United Nations Environment Programme: Tangled Up in Blue

The Secretariat of the United Nations Environment Programme: Tangled Up in Blue

(p.169) 7 The Secretariat of the United Nations Environment Programme: Tangled Up in Blue
Managers of Global Change

Steffen Bauer

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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United Nations’ principal body for environmental affairs, was created following the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, Sweden. As the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, it promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the UN system and is an authoritative advocate for the global environment. This chapter examines the influence of the UNEP secretariat in international environmental governance in the context of its mandate to catalyze and coordinate international environmental politics. After providing an overview of the UNEP 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 and organizational leadership.

Keywords:   influence, UNEP, secretariat, sustainable development, environmental governance, environmental politics, embeddedness, organizational expertise, organizational structure, organizational leadership

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