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Malaysia and UNCED: an analysis of a diplomatic process; 1989-1992

Taib, Fauziah Mohd. (1996) Malaysia and UNCED: an analysis of a diplomatic process; 1989-1992. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent. (doi:10.22024/UniKent/01.02.86124) (KAR id:86124)


This thesis is a political and diplomatic analysis of a United Nations special conference - the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development (UNCED) which took place over a period of two and a half years from 1989 to 1992. It examines the process and substance of the UNCED negotiations as seen through the role played by Malaysia. It shows how Malaysia, a small, developing country, strives to influence events at the United Nations. A number of issues have been selected as negotiation case-studies. They include forests, biological diversity, climate change and the cross-sectoral issues of finance and technology transfer. The thesis examines the motives of nation-states in resolving these environmental problems and analyses the unprecedented role of non state actors which took an active part in UNCED process. Finally ,the thesis analyses the results of UNCED and attempts to predict its future as seen through the newly created Commission on Sustainable Development.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
DOI/Identification number: 10.22024/UniKent/01.02.86124
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Uncontrolled keywords: Environment development conference; United Nations; Malaysia
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
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Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2019 16:29 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:27 UTC
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