Friday, February 3, 2012

[EQ] Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing

Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A future worth choosing

United Nations Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (January 2012).
New York: United Nations

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Global Sustainability Panel Says a “Future Worth Choosing” must be based on true costs to people and the environment,,,

“….The 22-member Panel, established by the UN Secretary-General in August 2010 to formulate a new blueprint for sustainable development and low-carbon prosperity, was co-chaired by Finnish President Tarja Halonen and South African President Jacob Zuma.


The report contains 56 recommendations to put sustainable development into practice and to mainstream it into economic policy as quickly as possible.


“…….A quarter of a century ago, the Brundtland report introduced the concept of sustainable development to the international community as a new paradigm for economic growth, social equality and environmental sustainability. It argued that sustainable development could be achieved by an integrated policy framework embracing all three of those pillars. Since then, the world has gained a deeper understanding of the interconnected challenges we face, and the realization that sustainable development provides the best opportunity for people to choose their future.


The High-level Panel on Global Sustainability argues that by making transparent both the cost of action and the cost of inaction, political processes can summon both the arguments and the political will necessary to act for a sustainable future.


The long-term vision of the Panel is to eradicate poverty, reduce inequality and make growth inclusive, and production and consumption more sustainable, while combating climate change and respecting a range of other planetary boundaries. In light of this, the report makes a range of recommendations to take forward the Panel’s vision for a sustainable planet, a just society and a growing economy.


Sustainable development is not a destination, but a dynamic process of adaptation, learning and action. It is about recognizing, understanding and acting on interconnections — above all those between the economy, society and the natural environment……”



I. The Panel’s vision

II. Progress towards sustainable development

A. Efforts to achieve sustainable development

B. Drivers of change

III. Empowering people to make sustainable choices

IV. Working towards a sustainable economy

V. Strengthening institutional governance

VI. Conclusion: a call for action


The report of the High-level Panel is a significant contribution to the UN’s work on sustainable development, and provides a timely contribution to preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Brazil in June 2012.The 22 members of the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability included current and former heads of states, ministers, and representatives of the private sector and civil society.



In addition to the Co-chairs, the Panel included Sheikh Abdallah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates;
Hajiya Amina Az-Zubai, Former Senior Special Assistant and Adviser to the President of Nigeria on the Millennium Development Goals;
Ali Babacan, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey;
 James Laurence Balsillie, former Co-Chief Executive Officer of Research in Motion;
Alexander Bedritsky, Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation, Special Envoy for Climate;
Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of Norway;
Micheline Calmy-Rey, Former President and former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Switzerland;
Julia Carabias Lillo, Former Secretary of the Environment of Mexico;
Gunilla Carlsson, Minister for International Development Cooperation of Sweden;
Luisa Dias Diogo, Member of Parliament and former Prime Minister of Mozambique;
Han Seung-soo, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Green Growth Institute and former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea;
Yukio Hatoyama, former Prime Minister of Japan;
Connie Hedegaard, European Commissioner for Climate Action;
Cristina Narbona Ruiz, former Minister of the Environment of Spain,
Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Rural Development of India,
Susan E. Rice, United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations;
Kevin Rudd, Minister for Foreign Affairs and former Prime Minister of Australia;
Freundel Stuart, Prime Minister of Barbados;
Izabella Mônica Vieira Teixeira, Minister of the Environment of Brazil, and
Zheng Guoguang; Administrator of the China Meteorological Administration.
Mr. Janos Pasztor was an ex-officio member as Executive Secretary of the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability.



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1 comment:

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