Relationship democracy and sustainable development

Harnessing democracy and engagement for sustainable prosperity

As environmental crises become ever more severe, calls for authoritarian solutions are reappearing: Democracy, so the argument goes, has proven to be too slow to respond to urgent threats. In this paper, Marit Hammond and Graham Smith respond to this charge by revisiting the role of democracy within a transition to sustainable prosperity.

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Audit Committee report on Government’s lack of ambition on SDGs

The House of Commons Audit Committee recently published its report Sustainable Development Goals in the UK. The Committee is critical of the Government’s lack of ambition in embedding the SDGs. Throughout the report, the Committee refers to recommendations from the evidence provided by FDSD, particularly on the need for Cabinet-level leadership, partnership working and transparent reporting.

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Piketty’s call for a new political discourse on globalization

In a recent article for Le Monde, Thomas Piketty argues that unsustainable development – a pattern of globalization which has boosted inequality and so undermined communities and social justice as well as the environment – has brought about the recent democratic upheaval seen in the election of Donald Trump. He argues that in any trade...

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What Future Do We Want?

  As everyone woke up to Brexit on 24 June, there was a dawning realization that we were in uncharted territory. The campaign was focused on what we were trying to avoid, not where we wanted to head. That was true of the Remainers, with their increasingly apocalyptic warnings of what would happen if we...

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The EU Referendum and the UK’s Environment: What are the implications for democracy?

Charlotte Burns and Viviane Gravey argue that the EU Referendum debate in the UK has been "surprisingly quiet on the issue of the environment". They look at three options for the UK from the point of view of their impacts on participatory democracy, as well as point to the tension between participation and stable long term rules for environmental protection. They believe that the terms of the current debate are far too narrow. "National sovereignty is essentially a red herring that offers little in the way of genuine democratisation of environmental (or any other) policy area."

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IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation training programme | London, 3-4 May 2016

The environmental and social planning consultancy, Essential Planning Ltd., is offering a training course for the internationally recognised IAP2 Foundations in Public Participation, which will provide participants with an overview of public participation, best practices in the field, and dynamic techniques to enhance impact. It is a 2-module programme over 5 days, intended to provide...

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Launch event: APPG on Limits to Growth | London, 19 April 2016

On 19th April 2016, the newly formed APPG on Limits to Growth will hold its inaugural event Limits to Growth or Opportunities for Prosperity? The current Co-Chair of the Club of Rome, Anders Wijkman, is confirmed as the keynote speaker for this evening. The event will also mark the launch of Limits Revisited – a...

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