Partnerships for the Goals

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International Governance of Global Commons in the Context of SDG 17

  • Tomas ZuklinEmail author
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Global commons, or common-pool resources, consist of shared property or resources that do not belong to anyone in particular and are free to be exploited. Global commons can also be defined as the common heritage of mankind, a term used by UNESCO or International Seabed Authority. Global commons are inherently transboundary – no clear borderline between them is visible; effect from a place A will demonstrate in a place B. Governance of global commons is shattered among numerous international (global or regional) agreements and is not globally centralized, even though the United Nations remains to function as one of the leading facilitators of the environmental protection initiatives.


In accordance with the aim of the SDG 17 “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development,” this entry focuses on the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ecosystem Governance Thematic GroupInternational Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)GlandSwitzerland
  2. 2.International Cooperation DepartmentVietnam National University of ForestryHanoiVietnam

Section editors and affiliations

  • Monica Thiel
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Public Administration and School of Business AdministrationUniversity of International Business and Economics & China University of PetroleumBeijingChina