Setting the Scene for the 'New Thinking on Sustainability' Conference

9 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2015 Last revised: 2 Feb 2016

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Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

This is the Opening Address to the "New Thinking on Sustainability" conference held at Victoria University of Wellington in February 2014. In his address Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC traces the history of the sustainability issue. Since the 1970s there has been increased global concern about the long list of environmental problems that our planet is facing. Sir Geoffrey considers the international developments in environmental protection commencing with the Stockholm Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in 1972. Finally, policy approaches to achieving sustainable development are discussed with particular reference to the Resource Management Act 1991. Unfortunately, current policy initiatives undertaken by the New Zealand government are not consistent with sustainable development as the touchstone for environmental law in New Zealand.

Keywords: International Environment Law, Sustainability, Resource Management, Environmental Policy

JEL Classification: K00, K32, K33

Suggested Citation

Palmer QC, Sir Geoffrey, Setting the Scene for the 'New Thinking on Sustainability' Conference (2015). (2015) 13 NZJPIL; Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper No. 5/2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2706762

Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

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