Relationship democracy and sustainable development

Inaugural UKSSD Conference: towards a sustainable UK | London, 25 April 2016

The registration for the inaugural UKSSD Conference: towards a sustainable UK is now open. The new forum sets out to “be the catalyst for domestic action to set the UK on the path to sustainability, gathering 100 politicians, chief executives, practitioners, and academics to make the Sustainable Development Goals a reality in the UK and...

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Floods, community resilience and the “civic middle”: learning lessons from Leeds

The floods that hit wide areas of the UK at the end of last year were devastating for many communities. In many places local crisis management was found wanting. But in Leeds, the spontaneously self-organised volunteering infrastructures were exemplary in their response. In a thorough and insightful assessment of Leeds’ post-flood response, written for the...

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Democracy, SDGs and COP – interview with János Zlinszky

János Zlinksy, one of our longest serving Trustees and an advisor to the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, reflects on the relationship between the Paris COP and the Sustainable Development Goals Interview by Nick Aveling There’s been a lot of debate as to whether Paris COP21 can be considered a ‘success’. As an advisor...

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COP21 – the sound of the bell for system change

“Habemus consensus!” a Huffington Post article reads, summarising the sanguine diplomatic outcome of the COP21 conference in Paris. It might not be as binding as hoped by the hundreds of thousands of people engaging in the climate march; it does, however, signify a much needed paradigm-shift. While French Foreign minister Laurent Fabius was widely praised...

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JRF evidence review on community resilience to climate change

The concept of community resilience to climate change in the UK is multifaceted and comes with a wide range of associated activities. In order to build the evidence base and help support the development of community resilience to climate change, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published a review of evidence and practice to explore this varied and contested field. Community...

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Sophie Howe appointed first Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

Following the adoption of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act in April 2015, the Welsh Government has appointed its first Future Generations Commissioner, Sophie Howe, currently Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales. “Public bodies in Wales have been put on warning”, WalesOnline reports, “…if they think their duties under the Well-being of...

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LegislationLab.org – enabling public discussion of upcoming legislation

Legislation Lab is an online platform for enabling public discussion of upcoming legislation. International in reach, it offers citizens easy access to legislation – as well as examples of related experiences from across the globe – and uses a participatory model to collect their feedback. Click here to learn how Legislation Lab can be used to...

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The worrying rise of anti-democratic sentiments amongst climate scientists

In his latest essay Climate Policy: Democracy is not an inconvenience, Professor Nico Stehr – founding director of the European Center for Sustainability Research – reflects on the growing number of climate scientists who are not only expressing their impatience with Western democracies, but openly practise their sympathy for authoritarian political approaches. “Scientific disenchantment with...

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Climate Risks and Democracy

Ecological crises can make politics horrible: panic-inducing scarcity, ethnic and religious conflict, hunger driven imperialism. In his latest essay “Climate Apocalypse and/or Democracy“, Professor Jedediah Purdy is shedding light on the fact that an ecological apocalypse is a fundamentally political problem and needs to be tackled before turning into a harsh reality. In his view,...

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