Governance and measurement
Improving governance and measurement – measuring what matters: Green economic governance will redefine progress in light of environmental and societal needs; and make governments, businesses and people more accountable for their actions.
Better Business, Better World
Sustainable business models could open economic opportunities worth up to US$12 trillion and add up 380 million jobs by 2030. Putting the Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals, at the heart of the world’s economic strategy could unleash a step-change in growth and productivity, with an investment boom in sustainable infrastructure as a critical driver.... Continue reading
STUDY: How is the Green Economy faring in the Mediterranean?
As part of a civil society initiative to support the transition towards a green and fair economy in the Mediterranean, the study examined existing publically available GE/SD strategies and the perceptions of key Green Economy and Sustainability practitioners across the region.... Continue reading
MWM Report - Global Goals that work: For business, government and people
The report describes how the SDGs offer an opportunity – not just as an innovation map for markets, but as a dashboard of indicators to monitor macro trends, opportunities and risks that face our global systems.
In an increasing interconnected world where issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, rising inequality pose multiple risks, the SDG framework can become a powerful strategic tool for identifying the connections between compounding risks and opportunities.... Continue reading
SDG challenges - What does universality really mean?
It is common in presentations of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to stress that, unlike the Millennium Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are “universal.” The primary meaning is that the goals are intended to apply equally to all countries, not simply the developing and emerging economies. Thus countries like Switzerland or Canada have, in adopting the 2030 Agenda, have solemnly undertaken to attain the SDG goals and targets by the 2030 deadline. In some cases, the undertakings are pro forma.... Continue reading
A call to climate action as CEOs press for a strong Paris agreement
A majority of business leaders say that a long term agreement at the UN climate summit (COP21) in Paris is critical to supporting private sector investment in low carbon solutions, according to a global study by the United Nations Global Compact and Accenture.... Continue reading
The SDGs speak and we like what we hear
It is not unusual to hear good ideas on what to do, or not to do, about climate change. The surprise comes when you feel they make sense.
This is the case with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 17 massive goals signed by the United Nations in New York. They speak big and they speak fair: end poverty, reduce inequality, better jobs, and clean up our environment are just some of these goals…... Continue reading
Frankly Speaking: The Pope, the Summit, and Altering Course
Big, bold, vibrant - New York City is nothing if not an exciting epicenter of thought and action, and never more so than the weekend of September 25-27, when over 100 Heads of State gathered to celebrate and formally adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations (UN) Summit.... Continue reading
Beyond capitalism and socialism: could a new economic approach save the planet?
To avoid social, environmental and economic collapse, the world needs to move beyond the standard choices of capitalism or socialism. That’s the conclusion of a new report released Wednesday by US think tank Capital Institute.... Continue reading
What Planetary Boundaries 2.0 mean for green economy
A new version of the influential ‘planetary boundaries’ analysis was published in January. Many of the authors are the same as those who wrote the key Rockstrom et al articles in 2009. They have not changed the overall picture fundamentally, but they have taken into account a great deal of recent science and many of the criticisms which the original analysis provoked.... Continue reading