The most memorable outcome of were the so-called type 2 agreements, public-private partnerships to implement internationally agreed outcomes for sustainable development. For the first time in history, public-private partnerships became official outcomes of an intergovernmental process, placing them at par with international treaties.
Much hope was vested in the partnerships. Most negotiators agreed that the problem was not a lack of international treaties and agreements, but the fact that these were not followed up by implementation. By engaging private actors, civil society and corporations, the hope was resources, knowledge and other capacities would be pooled to achieve sustainable development.
In view of a new mega-conference on sustainable development, a comprehensive evaluation has thus far been lacking. 'Public–Private Partnerships For Sustainable Development. Emergence, Influence and Legitimacy'* provides the first authoritative assessment of partnerships for sustainable development, ten years after the Johannesburg Summit. The extensive research builds on an exclusive Global Sustainability Partnerships Database and a series of in-depth qualitative case studies. Key questions studied in this book include the overall effectiveness and influence of partnerships, their geographical, functional and organizational scope, and their legitimacy.
This unique book systematically investigates the questions of emergence, influence and legitimacy, which will prove invaluable for scholars and students interested in global environmental governance and sustainability, public–private partnerships, sustainability at the UN level and environmental governance beyond international agreements and policies.
* Edited by Philipp Pattberg, VU University Amsterdam, Frank Biermann, VU University Amsterdam, Sander Chan, VU University Amsterdam and Aysem Mert, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 2012. 288 pp, Hardback 978 1 84980 930 6