Universalism and ethical values for the environment

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Universalism and ethical values for the environment
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The report discusses the extent to which universal values can be agreed upon, exemplified by an empirical analysis of values contained implicitly and explicitly in UN treaties and international statements on the environment. The texts examined include the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (WHC), the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), The Kyoto Protocol, The Earth Charter, The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (UDBHR). Some of the ethical values found in the texts include: human rights, sustainability, equity, common but differentiated responsibilities, precaution, participation, vulnerability, state sovereignty, peace and solidarity. This report also examines whether there are universal environmental values, and how interpretations of the concept of “universalism” affect future policy options for addressing common environmental challenges. This question is central to current discussions on the ethics of climate change and of alternative energy technologies, as well as to environmental ethics. If we can agree upon international values such as principles of environmental ethics, then we can include these principles into economic models in order to develop policy that may better protect these values.

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Bangkok : UNESCO, 2010
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v, 45p.
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2010
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978-92-9223-302-0
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English
Record created: 2013/09/13
Record updated: 2020/04/10