Non Governmental International Organizations, Or Igos, And The International Organization

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1. Intergovernmental organizations, or IGOs, are players in the international setting, attempting to establish common grounds between the different members, or in other words countries involved (Rourke and Boyer 2010, G-6). Examples of IGOs include the following: “United Nations, European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and the African Union” (Wilkinson 2007). Non-governmental international organizations, or NGOs, attempt to make substantial changes and promote their specific values to certain aspects of the world, like human rights issues and the environment, by utilizing their non-association with the government and their NGO status with special access to the media and diplomatic measures (Steinberg 2011, 44; Steinberg 2011, 25). Examples of NGOs include organizations like Amnesty International (Rourke and Boyer 2010). IGOs work with and for the specific government they are linked to, promoting that government’s agenda, while NGOs work to “promote good principles,” whether that is with a specific government or against a government (Steinberg 2011, 25). NGOs are not tied down to the same rules and limitations that IGOs are, because they do not have to be associated with anyone but themselves. Granted this non-association is one of the reasons why some NGOs have bad reputations. IGOs are, generally, more credible, because they have the backing of a country and are limited, because of it.
2. ‘The Tragedy of the Commons’ refers to the idea that a…
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