Posts By: Linda Geßner

Economics for Everyone | The Citizens Economic Council

‘It’s the economy, stupid’! Governments rise and fall on the back of economic success or failure. For the public, the economy is consistently ranked among the top three issues of concern. Yet, few people feel literate enough to understand economic policy, to distinguish necessity from ideology, not to mention to actually contribute to the economic...

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Switzerland to vote on Green Economy legislation

On 25 September 2016, the Swiss electorate will vote on the popular initiative: ‘For a sustainable and resource-efficient economy (Green Economy)’. The successful adoption of the initiative will oblige the confederation, cantons and communes to ensure that the Swiss economy “makes efficient use of natural resources from home and abroad and does as little harm as...

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The UK under a ‘hard’ and a ‘soft’ Brexit | Expert Review

“Brexit means Brexit,” said Theresa May in one of her first public statements as Prime Minister. But what does that mean – for agriculture, fisheries, the environment and climate change in the UK? These were the leading questions in a recent study by Dr Charlotte Burns (University of York), Prof Andrew Jordan and Dr Viviane...

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Two new trustees for FDSD

FDSD is delighted to announce the appointment of two new trustees: Peter Davies and Sándor Fülöp. Both are well known for their outstanding contributions to sustainability and democratic reform. As Welsh Commissioner for Sustainable Futures, Peter was a key figure in the creation of the innovative Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act. Amongst other commitments,...

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SDG implementation in the UK unconvincing new IDC report finds

In September 2015, 193 UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs) – an ambitious set of 169 targets that commits all signatory countries to tackle issues from gender inequality to climate change, access to quality education and the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies. The SDGs officially came into force on...

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Public health in a changing climate

Whether it’s direct or indirect, climate change will have an impact on public health. A recent report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the New Economics Foundation reviews current local strategies by public health institutions to address climate change. In considering “how shifting public health from primary care trusts to local authorities has affected efforts...

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Citizens sue their governments for action on climate change

“Global warming is already disrupting the planet’s weather”, a recent New York Times article reads, “now it is having an impact on the courts as well, as adults and children around the world try to enlist the judiciary in their efforts to blunt climate change.” After a landmark ruling in Holland in 2015, in which...

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Greater than the sum of our parts | Briefing paper on global partnerships for Goal 16

Following a workshop earlier this year, bringing together a range of global partnerships, as well as senior governmental, multilateral and civil society representatives, Saferworld has published a briefing paper: Greater than the sum of our parts – global partnerships for Goal 16 (PDF, 441 KB). Its aim is “to inform and guide discussion about how...

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