EC4#Week 7

7. Global commons

Establishing governance beyond national boundaries requires mutual agreement for the sake of all; United Nations is today’s dominant ‘inter-governmental organisation’ intending to bring nations together and deal with common issues. Some global common issues have become obvious such as oceans, atmosphere and the polar regions; each has at least some form of mutually agreed treaty, albeit deficient in many ways. As with all commons there is the constant challenge of private exploitation or pollution at the cost of the common interest.