International Encyclopedia of Civil Society

2010 Edition
| Editors: Helmut K. Anheier, Stefan Toepler

NGOs and Sustainable Development

  • Raul Pacheco-Vega
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-93996-4_566

Introduction

The term sustainable development was coined around the mid-1980s, although the concept has been constantly evolving since its inception. More dynamic and ever-changing governance structures in the domestic and international arenas have encouraged increased participation of non-state actors in policy design and implementation. Highly touted as “the new governance style,” participation by civil society at different scales has been increasingly accepted and encouraged by national governments and international umbrella institutions. Demands on citizen involvement in domestic and international environmental policy-making have grown. The number of nongovernmental organizations focused on environment and sustainability issues (ENGOs) has increased as well. Recent research suggests that civil society organizations, both on their own and as part of transnational citizen networks, are able to raise international awareness, shape global policy agendas, educate governments, citizens...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raul Pacheco-Vega
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  1. 1.Institute for Resources, Environment and SustainabilityUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada