The mobilization of international expertise for global governance in IAASTD
Labbouz, Benoît ;  Treyer, Sébastien ;  Freie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik

HaupttitelThe mobilization of international expertise for global governance in IAASTD
Titelzusatza failure in consensus or a successful advocacy strategy?
Titelvariante[a failure in consensus building or a successful advocacy strategy?]
AutorLabbouz, Benoît
AutorTreyer, Sébastien
Institution/KörperschaftFreie Universität Berlin, Fachbereich Politik- und Sozialwissenschaften, Forschungsstelle für Umweltpolitik
Seitenzahl18 S.
DDC300 Sozialwissenschaften
ZusammenfassungInitiated in 2002 by the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the
International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for
Development (IAASTD, www.agassessment.org) is an interesting experience of an
international expertise process aiming at improving global governance for sustainable
development. It aimed to understand how agricultural knowledge, technologies and sciences
could contribute to reduce hunger and poverty, improve rural livelihoods and at the same time
reach environmental objectives. It involved the large mobilization of international scientific
expertise, but also the participation of a diversity of stakeholders, and a validation of reports
by an intergovernmental plenary. The design of the process was inspired by other global
assessments like the IPCC and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Among these
international assessments, IAASTD is particularly important as its focus on agriculture
necessarily puts the stress on trade-offs and synergies between social and environmental
implications of development. Assessing if and how IAASTD managed to reach its objectives
will prove useful for other assessment processes, particularly in order to understand how
social and economical controversies at the heart of the debate on sustainable development
might be structured and dealt with by international expertise processes.
Regarding the initial objectives of this assessment and its participatory approach, many
analysts criticize IAASTD because it did not reach a consensus among all stakeholders. In this
paper, we propose to consider also the alternative perspective of analysis, where this
assessment serves an advocacy strategy for a new approach of global agriculture. In this
alternative perspective, IAASTD can be considered successful. We also propose to consider
that the difference between the two analytical frameworks can be useful in order to re-analyze
recommendations for global assessments, and to reopen the diversity of the roles that
expertise might play in global debates about environment and development where
controversies are central.
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Fachbereich/EinrichtungProceedings of the Berlin Conferences on   Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
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