UN Millennium Project The world has made significant progress in achieving many of the Goals. Between 1990 and 2002 average overall incomes increased by approximately 21 percent. The number of people in extreme poverty declined by an estimated 130 million 1. Child mortality rates fell from 103 deaths per 1,000 live births a year to 88. Life expectancy rose from 63 years to nearly 65 years. An additional 8 percent of the developing world's people received access to water. Measuring the Value of Free by Charles Bean LONDON – Reliable economic statistics are a vital public good. They are essential to effective policymaking, business planning, and the electorate’s ability to hold decision-makers to account. And yet the methods we use to measure our economies are becoming increasingly out of date. The statistical conventions on which we base our estimates were adopted a half-century ago, at a time when the economy was producing relatively similar physical goods. Today’s economy is radically different and changing rapidly – the result of technological innovation, the rising value of intangible, knowledge-based assets, and the internationalization of economic activity. Anatole Kaletsky weighs the views of Raghuram Rajan, Adair Turner, Stephen Roach, and others on how far today’s increasingly exotic monetary policies can and should go.
Potenziale der öffentlichen Beschaffung für Ökologische Industriepolitik und Klimaschutz Beratungsunternehmen McKinsey hat neue Studie vorgelegt Beratungsunternehmen McKinsey hat neue Studie vorgelegt Bund, Länder und Gemeinden haben in Deutschland mit einem jährlichen Einkaufsvolumen von etwa 260 Milliarden Euro eine erhebliche Marktmacht. Diese wird bisher innovationspolitisch noch nicht ausreichend genutzt. Wesentliche Gründe dafür sind oft noch vorhandene Informationsdefizite und leider auch fehlender politischer Wille. Würde sich das ändern, könnte die öffentliche Hand über die Instrumentalisierung des Beschaffungswesens einen signifikanten Beitrag zum Umwelt- und Klimaschutz leisten und in vielen Fällen auch Kosten sparen. Amina Mohammed on the Sustainable Development Goals This weekend world leaders met at the United Nations in New York City to define a sustainable development agenda through 2030, a process built on the successes, failures and lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) launched in 2000 and expiring at the end of this year. The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) serve as a global framework of 17 goals designed to address humanity’s most pressing problems, from poverty and hunger to health, education, gender equality, energy, climate change and environmental sustainability. Earlier this month, TriplePundit spoke with Amina J Mohammed, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Post-2015 Development Planning, about the process of defining these goals and turning words into action.
The trouble with GDP ONE of Albert Einstein’s greatest insights was that no matter how, where, when or by whom it is measured, the speed of light in a vacuum is constant. Measurements of light’s price, though, are a different matter: they can tell completely different stories depending on when and how they are made. In the mid 1990s William Nordhaus, an economist at Yale University, looked at two ways of measuring the price of light over the past two centuries. You could do it the way someone calculating GDP would do: by adding up the change over time in the prices of the things people bought to make light.
Nachhaltigkeit - Rat für Nachhaltige Entwicklung Nachhaltige Entwicklung heißt, Umweltgesichtspunkte gleichberechtigt mit sozialen und wirtschaftlichen Gesichtspunkten zu berücksichtigen. Zukunftsfähig wirtschaften bedeutet also: Wir müssen unseren Kindern und Enkelkindern ein intaktes ökologisches, soziales und ökonomisches Gefüge hinterlassen. Das eine ist ohne das andere nicht zu haben. Die Bundesregierung legt die Deutsche Nachhaltigkeitsstrategie neu auf.
Sustainable Development Goals from UNDP Voices around the world are demanding leadership in 2015 on poverty, inequality and climate change. These universal challenges demand global action, and this year presents unprecedented opportunities for achieving the future we want. This September, world leaders will gather at the United Nations in New York to adopt a new agenda for sustainable development. China seeks more balanced growth via new Gross Ecosystem Product index 19 May, 2015 China seeks more balanced growth via new Gross Ecosystem Product index Beijing, (People’s Daily Online) May 18, 2015 – Gross Ecosystem Product (GEP), is a concept that complements and contrasts with GDP.
UNFPA & the Sustainable Development Goals Goal 1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere One in five people in developing countries live on less than $1.25 a day. Millions of others live on only slightly more, and are at risk of slipping back into extreme poverty. Poor health and lack of access to education both result from poverty and help perpetuate it. Conflicts and disasters also contribute to these dire circumstances, undermining social and economic stability.
Ecological Civilization The Chinese government always attaches great importance to environmental protection, adopting a series of major measures in promoting sustainable development. Since the turn of the 21st century, the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party and the State Council have been vigorously progressing sustainable development from both theoretical and practical perspectives with remarkable achievements. In 2007, the Party’s 17th National Congress made political commitments to the world that China will undertake comprehensive, harmonious and ecologically civilized development. Five years later, at the 18th National Congress, the concept of ecological civilization was elevated as the national strategy.
Millennium Development Goals - UN Millennium Project Application Standards The Ecological Footprint Standards 2009 are the current operational standards that we use with all of our partners and businesses, including our 2016 Edition of the National Footprint Accounts. The 2009 Standards build on the first set of internationally recognized Ecological Footprint Standards, released in 2006, and include key updates – such as, for the first time, providing standards and guidelines for product and organizational Footprint assessments. The Ecological Footprint Standards 2009 are designed to ensure that Footprint assessments are produced consistently and according to community-proposed best practices. They aim to ensure that assessments are conducted and communicated in a way that is accurate and transparent, by providing standards and guidelines on such issues as use of source data, derivation of conversion factors, establishment of study boundaries, and communication of findings.
Waste not want not: Sweden to give tax breaks for repairs The Swedish government is introducing tax breaks on repairs to everything from bicycles to washing machines so it will no longer make sense to throw out old or broken items and buy new ones. Sweden’s ruling Social Democrat and Green party coalition is set to submit proposals to parliament on Tuesday to slash the VAT rate on repairs to bicycles, clothes and shoes from 25% to 12%. It will also submit a proposal that would allow people to claim back from income tax half of the labour cost on repairs to appliances such as fridges, ovens, dishwashers and washing machines. “We believe that this could substantially lower the cost and so make it more rational economic behaviour to repair your goods,” said Per Bolund, Sweden’s minister for financial markets and consumer affairs and one of six Green party cabinet members.
Kids Win the Right to Sue the US Government Over Climate Change A bright speck of climate news was quickly overshadowed by the presidential election this week—America’s children have officially won the right to sue their government over global warming. Yesterday, a lawsuit filed by 21 youth plaintiffs was ruled valid by US District Judge Ann Aiken in Eugene, Oregon. A group of citizens, whose ages range from nine to 20, charged President Obama, the fossil fuel industry, and other federal agencies with violating their constitutional rights by declining to take action against climate change. “Federal courts too often have been cautious and overly deferential in the arena of environmental law, and the world has suffered for it,” wrote Judge Aiken in her ruling.