Depoliticisation as a securitising move: the case of the United Nations Environment Programme

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Title
Depoliticisation as a securitising move: the case of the United Nations Environment Programme
Journal
European Journal of International Security
Author(s)
Maertens Lucile
ISSN
2057-5637
2057-5645
Publication state
Published
Issued date
22/06/2018
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
3
Number
3
Pages
344-363
Language
english
Abstract
Created in 1972, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has a normative mandate to promote the protection of the environment at the international level. However, since 1999, the organisation has been conducting field assessments in postconflict situations and addressing the role of natural resources in conflict, framing the environment as a security issue. To do so, the programme insists on its neutrality as a technical and ‘apolitical’ actor within the UN system. Considering depoliticisation as a political act, this article unpacks the concrete practices by which international organisations (IOs) enact depoliticisation. It further argues that IOs can perform securitising moves through practices and techniques presented as outside of the political realm. It draws upon the recent work on depoliticisation at the international level and reinforces studies considering the links between (de)politicisation and securitisation.
Keywords
Depoliticisation, Environment, International Organisations, Securitisation, UNEP
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