1st Edition

A New Diplomacy for Sustainable Development The Challenge of Global Change

By Bo Kjellén Copyright 2008
    208 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    208 Pages
    by Routledge

    Accelerating, human-induced changes in global natural systems, with global warming as a prime example, are modifying international relations. Diplomacy has to recognize that new types of threats will require new solutions and a new spirit of cooperation. This is a gradual process; traditional conflicts will continue to haunt the international system and traditional methods of diplomatic work still prevail.

    Based on forty years of experience in multilateral negotiations as former diplomat and international negotiator, the author has developed the concept of a New Diplomacy for Sustainable Development. The book develops the theoretical foundations of the concept and links it to the notion of enabling conditions, describing the close linkages between domestic policies and international negotiations. In conclusion, Kjellén comments on present negotiation processes and offers ideas for institutional reform of the international system.



    1. Reflections on Sustainable Development
    2. Global change, Globalisation, and the Economic Dimension
    3. The New Diplomacy for Sustainable Development
    4. The North-South divide
    5. The uneasy friendship: Europe-United States.
    6. Developing and integrating the concepts.

    7. The New Diplomacy at work: the next decades.



    Bo Kjellén is Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute.  He has written and lectured extensively on sustainable development and climate change.

    "The book is indispensable reading for those who are interested in learning about the personal experiences of those who are involved in the role of diplomacy in an age of increased international integration. Bo Kjellén's analysis provides a comprehensive account of diplomacy involving the state, non-governmental and the corporate actors." - Jude Fernando, IDCE, Clark University

    "A personal, engaging, and though-provoking account of global environmental negotiations! This book provides new insights to policy makers, scholars, and students interested in the new global diplomacy of sustainable development." - Liliana Andonova, Colby University