DG environnement Commission Européenne Additional tools Introduction Sustainable Development stands for meeting the needs of present generations without jeopardizing the ability of futures generations to meet their own needs – in other words, a better quality of life for everyone, now and for generations to come. It offers a vision of progress that integrates immediate and longer-term objectives, local and global action, and regards social, economic and environmental issues as inseparable and interdependent components of human progress. Sustainable development will not be brought about by policies only: it must be taken up by society at large as a principle guiding the many choices each citizen makes every day, as well as the big political and economic decisions that have. This requires profound changes in thinking, in economic and social structures and in consumption and production patterns.
Sustainability in Information Technology Computing and Information Technology From research labs to staff desks to student dorms, computers are a way of life here at Stanford. Everywhere you go on campus, you are in the midst of technology. Stanford hosts approximately 40,000 desktop and laptop computers and has roughly 6000 servers used for administrative and research computing. Inaugural Address (January 20, 1949)—Miller Center Mr. Vice President, Mr. Chief Justice, fellow citizens: I accept with humility the honor which the American people have conferred upon me. I accept it with a resolve to do all that I can for the welfare of this Nation and for the peace of the world. In performing the duties of my office, I need the help and the prayers of every one of you.
Setting the Standard for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Development - Standards The standards are developed through a multi-stakeholder consultation process which ensures they are written for those they impact, not just those who may gain from them. They are used by a broad spectrum of organisations -- multinational businesses, small and medium enterprises, governments and civil societies. The AA1000 Series of Standards: The AA1000 AccountAbility Principles Standard (AA1000APS) provides a framework for an organisation to identify, prioritise and respond to its sustainability challenges. The AA1000 Assurance Standard (AA1000AS) provides a methodology for assurance practitioners to evaluate the nature and extent to which an organisation adheres to the AccountAbility Principles.
Applying the ABCD Planning Method The ABCD planning method of the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development consists of four steps which are repeated as an organisation progresses toward sustainability. This method, like others used by The Natural Step, is based on backcasting from sustainability principles. A = Awareness and Visioning This first step aligns the organisation around a common understanding of sustainability and identifies a 'whole-systems' context for that organisation; building a common language around sustainability as well as creating a vision of what that organisation would look like in a sustainable future. The Natural Step sustainability principles, basic science and a whole-system approach are presented to develop strategies for living and doing business in balance with nature and our global community.
Good growth driving business for greater benefit: PwC Growth sounds good. But is it always good? Is growth good when it eats up resources and the community pays a bigger price (e.g. through adverse impacts on health) than the financial gain it generates? Is growth good when one company’s gain in market share is another’s loss? Is growth good when overall wellbeing does not change or there is no increase in GDP? The circular model - an overview The linear ‘take, make, dispose’ model relies on large quantities of easily accessible resources and energy, and as such is increasingly unfit for the reality in which it operates. Working towards efficiency—a reduction of resources and fossil energy consumed per unit of manufacturing output—will not alter the finite nature of their stocks but can only delay the inevitable. A change of the entire operating system seems necessary.
Development Economics and Economic Development Contact Information | My Background This page is maintained by Giorgio Secondi. It was last updated on February 7, 2014. Papers | Textbooks | Books | Periodicals | Economists | Institutions | Blogs | Other Websites COSME - Enterprise and Industry Additional tools What is COSME? COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) running from 2014 to 2020 with a planned budget of €2.3bn. COSME will support SMEs in the following area. Annual Report 2011 Click here for dynamic view | Download the pdf (5.6 MB) Annual Report 2011 Click here for dynamic view | Download the pdf (12 MB) Annual Report 2010 Click here for dynamic view| Download the pdf (3 MB)
European Commission - Environment - LIFE Programme LIFE is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout the EU. Since 1992, LIFE has co-financed some 4306 projects. For the 2014-2020 funding period, LIFE will contribute approximately €3.4 billion to the protection of the environment and climate.Read more >> LIFE preparatory projects for the European Solidarity Corps call for proposals 07 December 2016LIFE is publishing a call for proposals to support the European Solidaristy Corps (ESC). The present call is to provide funding to support the deployment of the ESC.
Portugal's migrants hope for new life in old African colony It is Wednesday, and 31-year-old Maria Nunes is picking at her husband's grilled sardines, laughing at a comment from her friend Carlos, across the table. This group of young professionals have gathered at the Associação Portuguesa for their weekly lunch. It is a reunion of sorts, for the group of expatriates to talk about all things Portuguese over the black and white checkered tablecloths. All eight were born in Portugal but now live in Mozambique.
Population crisis: Amid global population growth, a loss of urgency Mamta, left, and Ramjee Lal Kumhar. The rate of global population growth will largely be determined by their generation, the largest in history. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times) More photos By Kenneth R. OPHI's Alkire Foster Method for Measuring Multidimensional Poverty Most countries of the world define poverty by income. Yet poor people themselves define their poverty much more broadly, to include lack of education, health, housing, empowerment, humiliation, employment, personal security and more. No one indicator, such as income, is uniquely able to capture the multiple aspects that contribute to poverty.