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KINT 7730 - Development and Environment: the Challenging Path toward a Unified Global Policy

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

In September 2015, the United Nations agreed on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and decided on 17 new and universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including climate change. The SDGs seek to build on the Millennium Development Goals and, supposedly, complete what the latter did not achieve: they are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development, the economic, social and environmental. Does is mean that the 40-year old movement toward unifying international environment and development into one single global policy is finally complete? Not so. The two worlds, each with their own actors, rules, financial instruments and policies, still coexist, and the full integration of the environment into development and poverty reduction policies is still lagging. The class will address conceptual issues mostly through case studies; short lectures will impart an organizing framework and technical knowledge and case discussions will allow students to exercise judgment on real-world situations. Students will be responsible for keeping up to date with international affairs news, which will be discussed every week at the beginning of class, and will have to think policies as well as politics. Additional reading beyond these the four required reports will be assigned via moodle.


CERISOLA, Anne-Sophie (Responsable du pilotage de la stratégie Europe et international , Ministère de l'agriculture et de l'alimentation)

Course validation

Evaluation will be based on class attendance (10%) participation to a group presentation and discussion (20%), a short 2- page, mid-term paper providing a critical summary of one of the suggested course readings (30%) and a final, 5-page, policy brief (40%).

Required reading

  • Report of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (1972):
  • Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future (1987):
  • The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development (1992):
  • Outcome of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development: The Future We Want (2012):