Schlagwort: Sustainability

A more ambitious G20 for a sustainable post-pandemic recovery and transformation

Photo: Stairs leading out of a dark wood into the light, Image by wen8707270 on Pixabay

The COVID-19 pandemic submerged the world for more than a year now, and global infection numbers are still rising. There are huge differences in the ability of governments and societies to cope with the pandemic: while Europe and the Americas remain epicentres of the disease, there are signs that infections are now also picking up across the African continent.

In an interesting turn-of-tide in discussion, the IMF calls for more public expenditure and higher taxation of the wealthy. The IMF states that economic recovery is possible in 2021 but dependent on both, access to vaccines and other medical interventions, and continuous effective policy support. Policy support needs to cushion the effects of the economic contraction, to decarbonize energy systems and economies, and for intensified multilateral cooperation to ensure universal access to vaccines and therapeutics and adequate financial liquidity of highly indebted countries.

What potential do voluntary sustainability standards have?

Voluntary sustainability standards (VSS) encompass more than 500 ecolabels that are used in 199 countries involving US$ 50 billion total value. In November, the Managing Global Governance (MGG) Programme of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) co-organised Stakeholder Awareness Meeting: South African Initiative on Voluntary Sustainability Standards in Pretoria, South Africa.…

Welche Potenziale haben freiwillige Nachhaltigkeitsstandards?

Die freiwilligen Nachhaltigkeitsstandards (Voluntary Sustainability Standards, VSS) umfassen mehr als 500 Zertifizierungen und Umweltsiegel, die in 199 Ländern mit einem Gesamtwert von 50 Milliarden US-Dollar verwendet werden. Das Programm Managing Global Governance (MGG) des Deutschen Instituts für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) hat vom 6. bis 7. November in Pretoria, Südafrika, das Stakeholder-Awareness-Meeting: South African Initiative on Voluntary…

New project on sustainable development pathways

The project Sustainable Development Pathways Achieving Human Well-Being While Safeguarding the Climate and Planet Earth (SHAPE) was launched during a Kick-Off Meeting at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) from 12 to 14 November 2019. The project aims to develop and analyse Sustainable Development Pathways (SDPs) that achieve the SDGs in 2030 and…

Latin American cooperation towards the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires

Photo: Obelisk Buenos Aires

What might become of Latin America’s presence in the G20 following Argentina’s presidency? If previous attempts to forge a common platform for Argentina, Brazil and Mexico have not left a lasting memory, perhaps this time around it looks different? Indeed, the Sherpas decided to tighten dialogue since fall 2017 with the view to “translate different regional outlooks into a representative stance” that hopefully could spill over onto the next G20 presidency.