This panel critically engages with the global governance of inequalities, capturing global level action and contestation on the environment, climate change and trade. It considers issues of legitimacy, justice and sustainability in relation to global governance and brings together a focus on the structures of international law, the United Nations Framework Agreement on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and World Trade Organization (WTO).
This panel considers the global governance of inequalities through international organisations such as the United Nations (UN) and World Trade Organization (WTO), non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as Greenpeace East Asia and Greenpeace India, and social and climate justice movements at the Marrakech conference of the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Papers examine the contested positioning of non-governmental organisations and social and climate justice movements in relation to the structures and agreements of international law—as they are shaped by emerging powers such as China and India and United Nations climate change negotiations. They consider the nature of the continued legitimacy of NGOs and social movements and their contributions to the construction of generative sites of global politics. A further contribution examines the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) integration of trade and ‘sustainable development’ through a focus on the World Trade Organization (WTO) current development round of negotiations.