Of Scatterlings and Stakeholders

Anno/Year 2020
120 pagine/pages
10 illustrazioni/illustrations.
16x23 cm.
ISBN 9788833840840

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Lucilla Spini

Of Scatterlings and Stakeholders
diversity, inclusion and transnational governance for sustainable development

The term Scatterlings, which can be used to refer to all human beings, and the term Stakeholders, which refers to those who have a stake in an endeavor, are used to define the immense diversity of humankind. The 2030 Agenda, its Sustainable Development Goals, and related governance structures and activities often make reference to Stakeholders, although the definition of the term is not entirely clear. Here, its meaning and uses are explored through a historical lens and by taking a closer look at the 2030 Agenda and related global governance and Stakeholder engagement process. These insights hope to stimulate action and new thinking so that all Scatterlings are engaged as Stakeholders in the pursuit of sustainable development within an inclusive transnational governance.

The immense diversity of humankind makes it difficult to place people into specific categories when we attempt to mobilize collective action. Boundary terms can be useful tools to this effect, as for instance the term Scatterlings, which is based on Johnny Clegg’s song “Scatterlings of Africa” and can be used to represent all human beings. Stakeholders is another boundary term which was initially used in the corporate world to classify people. Today its meaning is not entirely clear, although it is being increasingly used within the context of the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals. This book attempts to shed some light on existing definitions and uses through a historical lens. It then takes a closer look at the text of the 2030 Agenda and provides an overview of global governance for sustainable development, including identifying some Scatterlings who are being left behind in the Stakeholder engagement processes. These insights hope to stimulate action, such as a comprehensive global Stakeholder analysis, and new thinking so that more Scatterlings are engaged as Stakeholders in the pursuit of sustainable development through the 2030 Agenda, and no one is left behind.

Table of contents

Preface Scatterlings and Stakeholders

Chapter I Sustainable development is everybody’s business
Sustainable development is everybody’s business
A Global Plan and Partnership: the 2030 Agenda
Defining and identifying Stakeholders

Chapter II A history of Stakeholder engagement for sustainable development
The 1960s-1970s: Silent Spring and the Stockholm Declaration
The 1980s-1990s: Our Common Future and Agenda 21
The 2000s-2010s: The Millennium Declaration and the 2030 Agenda

Chapter III Scatterlings in the 2030 Agenda
Who are the Scatterlings in the 2030 Agenda?
Where are the Scatterlings in the 2030 Agenda?
How are Scatterlings grouped in the 2030 Agenda?

Chapter IV Stakeholders and Stakeholder engagement
for the 2030 Agenda
How are Scatterlings institutionalized as Stakeholders in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda?
How do Stakeholders engage with, and participate in,
the global debate?
Who are the Scatterlings being left behind and why?
Engaging Scatterlings as Stakeholders via transnational

Postface Phelamanga


Dr. Lucilla Spini is a biological anthropologist with expertise in sustainable development, stakeholder engagement, and gender mainstreaming.
Over the past 20 years, Dr. Spini has held various positions within the UN System and international NGOs, including as an Associate Expert at UNESCO, Programme Officer for the Global Terrestrial Observing System at FAO, Executive Officer for the Global Environmental Change and Human Health Project at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), and Head of Science Programmes at the International Council for Science.
Dr. Spini has contributed to international negotiations on environmental challenges and sustainable development, advised scientific committees, and contributed to scientific publications. From 2015 to 2019, she co-organized the Scientific and Technological Community Major Group at the UN for the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.
She has also served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Anthropology at the University of Waterloo and as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences at McMaster University. Recently, she has been a Giorgio Ruffolo Research Fellow in Sustainability Science at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a Policy Leader Fellow at the School of Transnational Governance of the European University Institute.
Dr. Spini holds a B.A. (Honors) in anthropology from New York University (NYU), a Laurea in foreign languages and literature from the University of Florence, and a Master of Science (M.Sc.) in human biology and Doctor of Philosophy (D.Phil.) in biological anthropology, both from the University of Oxford.
She has considered herself a Scatterling since 1986.