Nicolò asks whether we can draw lessons about the strengths and limits of unelected government from the recent Italian experience of technocracy, not party political government.
Halina argues that a core challenge is to balance national strategic priority-setting with local community engagement. Using the example of on-shore windfarms, she sets out the questions that need answering: what processes of deliberation?, how far can local choice go?, or when and how can central planning provide leadership?
FDSD, as part of the Alliance for Future Generations, joined international non-governmental organisations (NGOs), in urging UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to give priority, and proper resources, to a report on intergenerational solidarity and future generations, as required by the Rio+20 outcome document The Future We Want.
This paper reviews the literature on the drivers of voluntary social and environmental standards-setting, their relationship with the multilateral trading system, the link with national public authorities, as well as suggesting implications for the roles of public sector actors in corporate social responsibility.
Halina Ward built on The Mandate of a UN High Commissioner for Future Generations to further outline powers and responsibilities, building on commitments that UN member states have already made; how the role might evolve over time; and where it could be sited.
Published by FDSD and the World Future Council, this paper was written to help UN member states and international organisations prepare for “Rio+20”, the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, suggesting specific powers and responsibilities.
These five reports explore How might democracy and participatory decision-making have evolved to cope with the challenges of climate change by the years 2050 and 2100?, resulting in four scenarios and their implications.