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date: 02 December 2020

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This chapter addresses the UN’s pivotal role in global resource management. It discerns eight particular phases in the evolution of the UN’s resource management policies. Thematic issues include resource sovereignty, security of supply, sustainable use, the global commons, the resource curse, and conflict resources. The chapter also discusses the policy-making role and operational activities in the field of natural resources of a number of UN institutions, including FAO, UNCTAD, UNEP, and ICJ. Lastly, it provides an assessment of the conceptual contribution of the United Nations to natural resource management, also relating to maritime resources and ocean management in the context of the new law of the sea.

Keywords: natural resources, resource sovereignty, self-determination, marine resources, sustainable use, conflict resources, UNEP, FAO, ICJ, UNCLOS

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