Posts By: Linda Geßner

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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Disasters & Democracy: Spring Newsletter, April 2016

Our Spring Newsletter is out! The focus this time is on disasters and democracy, and with particular attention to the importance of youth engagement. Contributors draw on experiences in the field after earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand (Bronwyn Hayward); Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, USA (Lori Peek); the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan (Nanami Akiko); and...

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New UK Health Alliance on Climate Change to encourage healthy action on climate change

Many of the key drivers of climate change also cause poor health through air pollution, high saturated fat intake and physical inactivity, argues the recently launched Health Alliance on Climate Change. Responding to climate change, says the group of major health institutions, can simultaneously address these health challenges, making many climate change policies more cost-effective...

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Brexit: Potential environmental policy consequences for the UK | New IEEP report

A recently published report by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP), in collaboration with The Wildlife Trusts, RSPB and WWF UK, considers the potential consequences a #Brexit could have on environmental policy in the UK. The research focuses on two scenarios. In the first, the UK retains access to the internal market through membership...

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A bold move toward public problem solving on a global scale? | Anne-Marie Slaughter on the Paris Agreement

In her recent blog for the Project Syndicate, Anne-Marie Slaughter, former president of the American Society of International Law, offers an optimistic take on the non-binding nature of the Paris Agreement. As she argues: “its deficits in this regard are its greatest strengths as a model for effective global governance in the twenty-first century.” She...

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New chair for FDSD

John Lotherington is delighted to announce that his successor as Chair of FDSD’s Board of Trustees is Graham Smith, Professor of Politics at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster. Graham is a specialist in democratic innovation and citizen engagement and has a particular interest in climate politics and the representation of...

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