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Theme: Public goods

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Sustainable Development and the Humanity-Biosphere Relationship

Beyond the Growth Paradigm: Creating a Unified Progressive Politics
¤ Great Transition Initiative, James Gustave Speth ¤ 8 May 2011
The US political economy is failing across a broad Front. – environmental, social, economical, and political. Deep, systemic change is needed to transition to a new economy, one where the acknowledged priority is to sustain human and natural communities. Policies are available to effect this transformation and to temper economic growth and consumerism while simultaneously improving social well-being and quality of life, but a new politics involving a coalescence of progressive communities is (...) read more

Towards a Global Political-Economic Architecture of Environmental Space
¤ Ton Bührs ¤ November 2007
The concept of environmental space (ES) has been put forward as a means of operationalising sustainability. Based on three tenets, the recognition of environmental limits, a strong equity principle, and a focus on resource consumption, the ES approach offers a cognitive framework for a comprehensive and integrated approach to environmental/resource policy and management. With growing concerns about mounting environmental pressures and looming ecological and resource scarcity, it offers also (...) read more


Concepts

Environmental Governance
¤ Wikipedia ¤ 3 January 2011
(Also available at wikicoredem) Environmental governance is a concept in political ecology or environmental policy related to defining the elements needed to achieve sustainability. All human activities—political, social and economic—should be understood and managed as subsets of the environment and ecosystems. Governance includes not only government, but also business and civil society, and emphasizes whole system management. To capture this diverse range of dynamic forces, Environmental governance often necessitates founding alternative systems of governing, for example watershed based (...) read more


Citizens’ Reappropriation of Politics

Non-state Actors and World Governance
¤ Pierre Calame ¤ 2 June 2008
Non-state actors have always played an essential role in global regulation, but their role will grow considerably in this, the beginning of the twenty-first century. Non-state actors play a key role in world governance in different domains. For a better understanding and development of the role of non-state actors, this role should be studied in conjunction with the general principles of governance. A- Non-state actors have always played an essential role in global regulation, but (...) read more


Media and Internet Governance

Net Neutrality as Global Principle for Internet Governance
¤ Milton Mueller ¤ 14 April 2008
This paper discusses the concept of network neutrality and explores its relevance to global Internet governance. Internet neutrality is usually seen as a domestic regulatory issue. And in many ways it has been a domestically focused controversy, up to now. The Concept of Network Neutrality (NN) originates in a debate over the policies to be applied to broadband access networks, which are typically licensed and regulated at the national or even the state and local levels. But as a (...) read more


Regulating the Public and the Private Economy

Nairobi World Parliamentary Forum Resolution
¤ World Parliamentary Forum ¤ 24 January 2007
The World Parliamentary Forum has taken place regularly from the first time in Porto Alegre, in 2001, in the context of the World Social Forum (WSF). Thousands of delegates from many countries gathered for the Word Parliamentary Forum to affirm that there are alternatives to the neoliberal order, personified by the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland). The parliamentarians affirm the primacy of its collaboration with the social and democratic movements and their struggles and stated (...) read more

When World-regulation Experts "Play" the Regions ...
¤ Pierre Beckouche ¤ January 2005
After about twenty years of deregulation, it appears that we are moving beyond the era of dogmatic neoliberalism into one of re-regulation; the opposition between states and markets posited by neoliberal thinking is less and less convincing. This does not imply returning to a nation-state scenario. There is increasing convergence on the idea that new regulation will take place as much, or even more on the regional scale (macro-regions: NAFTA, East-Asia, Euromed, etc.) than on the global (...) read more


Types of Goods and Producers

Does Global Governance Ensure That the Global Public Interest Is Served?
¤ Joseph E. Stiglitz ¤ September 2006
Globalization implies the emergence and development of global public goods. The major problem in the current international economic system of governance without government is that no effective means exist for assembling the necessary resources for financing these global public goods. The needs of international bodies such as the IMF, World Bank and WTO have never been stronger, but confidence in them has never been weaker. Globalization is progressing, and it results in greater integration (...) read more

The Right to Water as a Human Right
¤ Michael Windfuhr ¤ September 2003
Over the last two years, the right to water has received considerable attention both within the United Nations human rights system as well as within the work of non-governmental organizations. On the whole, the debate surrounding the content of obligations derived from the right to water is still in its early stages. Nevertheless, important progress has been made. The committee on economic, social, and cultural (ESC) rights derives the right to water as much from the right to food as from (...) read more


Managing Sea, Soil, and Energy Resources

The Water Manifesto for a New Global Contract
¤ World Water Assembly for Citizen and Elected People ¤ August 2006
Following the release of Riccardo Petrella’s "Water Manifesto," a series of meetings were organized in Lisbon around the issue of access to water in the world. These meetings led to the writing of a manifesto for a world contract on water. Since then, the text has become a reference for all movements acting or wishing to act to promote access to water. We come from Africa, Latin America, North America, Asia, and Europe. We gathered together in l998 with no other legitimacy or (...) read more

Alternative World Water Forum
¤ Claude Drouot ¤ 31 March 2005
The second Alternative World Water Forum (Forum alternatif mondial de l’eau) (Fame) was held in Geneva from 17 to 20 March 2005, with new goals compared to the goals considered to be priorities in the first Forum in March 2003. The global water policy implemented by the World Water Council, a spin-off of the World Bank, is based on three major principles. Firstly, water must be considered to be an economic good, a product like petroleum or corn. Secondly, access to water is a vital need, (...) read more


The Architecture of World Governance

The Future of Global Governance
¤ Joseph E. Stiglitz ¤ 23 September 2004
The problems with global governance—and the consequences of these problems— today are becoming better understood. The closer integration of the countries of the world— globalization—has given risen to a greater need for collective action. Unfortunately, economic globalization has outpaced political globalization. We are just beginning to develop an international rule of law, and much of the ‘law’ that has developed—for instance the WTO rules governing international trade—are grossly unfair; they (...) read more

Redefining Global Governance to Meet the Challenges of the Twenty-first Century
¤ Pierre Calame ¤ 12 October 2001
The current system of governance is no longer adapted to the challenges of tomorrow’s world. Its architecture must be based on a new vision of the world and on universally acknowledged principles so that its legitimacy is accepted by all. The rudiments of global governance have been instituted in the course of the past 50 years. At the same time, however, interdependences among the world’s societies and between humankind and the biosphere began to develop at a much faster pace. Present (...) read more


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