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Regional Integration in the Asia Pacific Issues and Prospects: Alleviating Environmental Degradation in the Asia Pacific Region: International Co‐operation and the Role of Issue‐Linkage

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Introduction

"People are no longer satisfied only with declarations. They demand firm action and concrete results. They expect that the nations of the world, having identified a problem, will have the vitality to act." Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, whose country hosted the Stockholm Conference, 1972

This call to action by Prime Minister Palme at what was the first major international conference to address global environmental problems has, unfortunately, remained substantially unanswered. Global (and Asia Pacific) negotiations in the time since the Stockholm Conference are yet to result in widely accepted plans for action on redressing environmental degradation. Discussions on such issues have centred on an elusive search for principles to guide the global regime (sustainable development and Agenda 21) rather than...
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Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: April 1, 2005

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