Suing the States Alec Loorz, a 16 year old member of the iMatter campaign and founder of Kids vs Global Warming has "filed a lawsuit against the United States of America, for allowing money to be more powerful than the survival of my generation, and for making decisions that threaten our right to a safe and healthy planet." "Today, I and other fellow young people are sueing [sic] the government, for handing over our future to unjust fossil fuel industries, and ignoring the right of our children to inherit the planet that has sustained all of civilization." "The government has a legal responsibility to protect the future for our children. So we are demanding that they recognize the atmosphere as a commons that needs to be preserved, and commit to a plan to reduce emissions to a safe level." "Also, as youth, we are the last group of people in the US who don't have any official political rights.
The Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission Release FCPA Resource Guide Office of Public Affairs Wednesday, November 14, 2012 The Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission Release FCPA Resource Guide The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. The Guide provides helpful information to enterprises of all sizes – from small businesses doing their first transactions abroad to multi-national corporations with subsidiaries around the world. “The fight against corruption is a law enforcement priority of the United States,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. “Investors must have faith that the economic performance of public companies reflects lawful considerations of markets, price and product rather than a mirage resulting from bribery and corruption,” said Robert Khuzami, Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement. The Guide is available to the public free of charge online at www.justice.gov/criminal/fraud/fcpa and at www.sec.gov/spotlight/fcpa.shtml.
WBI Governance & Anti-Corruption The World Bank views good governance and anti-corruption as important to its poverty alleviation mission. Many governance and anti-corruption initiatives are taking place throughout the World Bank Group. They focus on internal organizational integrity, minimizing corruption on World Bank-funded projects, and assisting countries in improving governance and controlling corruption. Combining participatory action-oriented learning, capacity-building tools, and the power of data, the World Bank Institute (WBI), in collaboration with other units in the World Bank Group, supports countries in improving governance and controlling corruption.
WBI Governance & Anti-Corruption - Country Diagnostic Surveys Over the past decade improved public sector governance has emerged as a critical component in achieving the Work Bank’s mission of poverty alleviation. By improving government accountability WBI hopes to reduce the instances of bribery and coercion which constrain private sector growth and block citizen access to essential public services. With an emphasis on transparency, responsiveness, and participatory policy making WBI works with partners to improve public sector delivery of critical development services and to create the conditions for robust private sector growth. At the same time practitioners and policy makers have increasingly sought to quantify the quality of governance – based on the age-old maxim that you can only manage what you can measure. In addition to a focus on concrete reform planning the diagnostic prioritizes local leadership and capacity building.
PowerBase.info spinprofiles.org Marks on Governance Norman Marks, CRMA, CPA, is a vice president for SAP and has been a chief audit executive and chief risk officer at major global corporations for more than 20 years. PwC has completed and published their 2012 Annual Corporate Directors Survey. Their overall comment is that “progress [has been] made, but challenges persist.” I am not sure that they got this right, as my observations as I look at the data are sometimes different from theirs. In a number of cases, I wish the questions had been different or additional questions asked to get to the heart of the matter. In any event, the report is worth reading and you should draw your own conclusions. Here are my comments and observations as I work through the report. The first observation PwC makes is that directors are reporting that they are dedicating more hours to their board duties. I am interested in your views and comments on the report and its conclusions.
Transformation: HERZLICH WILLKOMMEN Index Werte zum Status der politischen und wirtschaftlichen Transformation sowie zum Transformationsmanagement. Atlas Der interaktive Zugang zu den quantitativen und qualitativen Bewertungen aller Ausgaben seit 2006. Ländergutachten 129 detaillierte Gutachten bilden die Datengrundlage. Gelungene Transformationsprozesse zu rechtsstaatlicher Demokratie und sozialpolitisch flankierter Marktwirtschaft geschehen in jeder Region der Welt. Democracy Index The Economist Intelligence Unit Democracy index map for 2012. Greener colours represent more democratic countries. Insufficient information, not rated The Democracy Index is an index compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, that measures the state of democracy in 167 countries, of which 166 are sovereign states and 165 are United Nations member states. Methodology As described in the report, the democracy index is a weighted average based on the answers of 60 questions, each one with either two or three permitted alternative answers. The questions are distributed in the five categories: electoral process and pluralism, civil liberties, functioning of government, political participation, and political culture. "Whether national elections are free and fair";"The security of voters";"The influence of foreign powers on government";"The capability of the civil servants to implement policies". Changes from 2010 to 2011 and 2012 Democracy index by regime type See also