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The Interventions of Non-State Actors

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This chapter surveys the interventions of non-state actors in relation to the law and policy on sustainable development in its different dimensions. With states and international organizations no longer constituting the sole actors in globalization and its regulation, new players have entered the equation primarily from civil society. In the day-to-day operations of several sectors, sustainability is an increasingly significant influence involving many stakeholders, including the public at large/civil society, particularly non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Self-regulation by transnational corporations (TNCs) and the role of NGOs will be surveyed as two prominent phenomena within this complex scenario, and subject to the nuances which emerge from the concomitant and cross-cutting activities of the numerous actors. Of the wide range of instruments of self-regulation from private enterprise, many deal with human rights/social interests.

Keywords: civil society; globalization; human rights; international organizations; non-governmental organizations (NGOs); non-state actors; Self-regulation; stakeholders; transnational corporations (TNCs)



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