The combined forces of the current era of globalization, also sometimes referred to as the Anthropocene, reveal the limits of our natural resources and sinks, and the ways in which inequality is deepening worldwide more clearly than before. The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aims to address both problems – the planetary boundaries and the social floors, but the question is whether it will remain at best a symptomatic response to a deep structural problem, or whether it will be able to unleash a global movement that is able to tame the capitalist free market.
This chapter argues that the climate change issue is a classical North–South issue using a series of arguments. It then submits that the 25-year negotiation history of climate change shows can be divided into five phases. The chapter examines how the North–South dimension in relation to the nature of issues, membership of the two groups, and the coalitions they engage in, has evolved in each of these five phases. It explains that current discussions and frustrations regarding the ability of the international negotiations to address the climate change problem have to be examined in the light of evolving negotiations and the commitments that countries have been willing to adopt in the past. The chapter concludes that although in the initial stages of the negotiations there was more trust between the groups, there has been growing mistrust of the South with regard to whether the North would like to equitably address the problem.
Frank Jaspers and Joyeeta Gupta
Pedi Obani and Joyeeta Gupta
Water security challenges are mostly covered in the literature on the food and energy nexus. This chapter however adopts a broader conception of water security in relation to lack of access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), and argues that the human rights approach could be instrumental in addressing the drivers that hinder access to WASH. Through policy analysis and literature review the chapter addresses the following research questions: a) What is access to WASH? b) What are the drivers of poor access to WASH? c) What are the multi-level human security implications of the lack of access to WASH? d) What improvements can be made in the post-2015 development agenda to address the drivers and the related human security challenges? The chapter essentially illustrates the need to translate global human rights norms into contextually appropriate operational targets and instruments for policy implementation at the national and local levels.