The green Pope: how religion can do economics a favour. Palpable shock met Tuesday’s news of the Pope’s unequivocal and outspoken intervention in the debate on climate change and global inequality.
The stir caused by his latest encyclical could partly be due to generally low expectations of the Catholic Church following years of relentless, negative scandal. But we shouldn’t be surprised. The world’s major religions all have economic teachings that apply to how we treat the planet and each other, and which often starkly contradict orthodox economic models. Modern economics views itself as value free, but that wasn’t always the case and the major faiths all view economic prosperity through a moral lens. If that makes business leaders or economists squirm, it’s worth remembering that the grandfather of market economics, Adam Smith, wrote about The Theory of Moral Sentiments.
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Excerpt from Papal Address on World Day of Peace, January 1st, 2008 (For the full speech, visit: Part 7. Sustainability Update. By Hank Boerner – Chairman, G&A Institute Imagine the impact — the power of the organizational resources directed at climate change issues — as the global Roman Catholic Church focuses on the issues.
In 2915, the new year, the global church could become the major “game changer” on the issue. There is a new Holy Father in place — Pope Francis, who took office in a little bit less than two years ago. EconomicStimulusandEconomicGrowthStatement. Titled. “Sustainable consumption and production need to be mainstreamed into the thinking of all stakeholders and into the decision making of governments and other organizations, including the UN system”, said Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General of DESA and the Secretary-General of Rio+20, at the opening of the 19th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD).
For almost 20 years, CSD has been considered the highest level body for sustainable development within the UN system. This session, which continues until 13 May, has a special significance since it is the last before the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). 0410 gpd beyond. The Relationship between Economic Growth and Sustainability.
Even when more exacting definitions of sustainable development are offered, confusion still persists because of honest scientific disputes and uncertainties about the facts, and differing opinions about how economies adapt over time to changing resource constraints.
Consider Herman Daly's definition that sustainable development is "development without growth in throughput of matter and energy beyond regenerative and absorptive capacities. " Scientists can point to favorable trends in resource bases, increasing efficiencies of production, and falling amounts of pollution, reaching the conclusion that we are on the way to achieving, if not already achieving, Daly's definition. Trade policy review - Argentina 2007. The following documents are available in MS Word format.
Secretariat report > Contents and summary observations (12 pages, 98KB) > Economic environment (15 pages, 538KB) > Trade and investment regimes (14 pages, 118KB) > Trade policies and practices by measure (72 pages, 924KB) > Trade policies by sector (43 pages, 276KB) > Appendix tables (16 pages, 783KB) Government report (41 pages, 1464KB) Revisions and Corrigenda of the above documents may be issued approximately 2 weeks after the meeting. Chairperson's concluding remarks Minutes of the meeting are available approximately 6 weeks after the meeting. Questions and answers by WTO Members are available approximately 6 weeks after the meeting. World Summit on Sustainable Development. Author and Page information by Anup ShahThis Page Last Updated Saturday, September 07, 2002 The United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), also known as Earth Summit II or Rio +10, took place in Johannesburg, South Africa between August 26th and September 4th 2002.