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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Environment, Multilateral Agreements

Jutta Brunnée

Regional co-operation — Sustainable development — Pollution — Climate change — Precautionary principle — Fisheries — Natural resources — International watercourses — Endangered species — Treaties, amendments and modification — Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties — Treaties, effect for third states — Treaties, conclusion — Treaties, entry into force

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Today, many international environmental concerns pose complex collective action problems, requiring regional, or even global, cooperation among States with often widely differing priorities and capacities ( Environment, International Protection ). They also have a number of features that distinguish them from other international issues. These include the fact that most harmful impacts of human activity on the physical environment are produced or amplified by technology. As a result, environmental issues are not merely political matters; their resolution...
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