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Polylateralism in Sustainable Development Diplomacy: A Case Study of the Embassy of the Netherlands and the Manila Bay Sustainable Development Master Plan
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The rise of global challenges, such as climate change, is pushing global governance to evolve. In result thereof, the traditionally state-centric diplomatic sphere is experiencing an increasing number of non-state actors entering the arena. Geoffrey Wiseman (1999) describes this phenomenon as the shift from traditionally bilateral and multilateral diplomacy to polylateral diplomacy. This study looks at how non-state actors can be fitted in frontline diplomacy in relation to sustainable development. By means of a qualitative, inductive case study of the Dutch embassy in the Philippines, it looks at how state actors perceive this non-state actor inclusion by means of data triangulation: a document analysis, semi-structured interviews and participant-observation. In particular, it zooms in on a specific example of multi-stakeholder partnership, which Sustainable Development Goals 17.16 and 17.17 hail as a tool for sustainability: the Manila Bay Sustainable Development Master Plan. Through the theoretical lenses of collaborative governance and the function-sensitive approach, this thesis concludes that the functions non-state actors can fulfil in the diplomatic activities of global governance vary depending on the three contingencies of time, trust and interdependence.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 49
Series
Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 2019/63
Keywords [en]
Sustainable development, multi-stakeholder partnership, polylateral diplomacy, frontline diplomacy, The Netherlands, The Philippines
National Category
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-397371OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-397371DiVA, id: diva2:1371382
Subject / course
Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
Presentation
2019-09-06, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 15:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-11-22 Created: 2019-11-19 Last updated: 2019-11-22Bibliographically approved

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