To achieve real change for poor people, the business as usual approach I saw at the U.N. over the last few days won’t be good enough. The climate conference in Paris in December will be the first test.
The grave situation facing refugees and economic migrants in Europe can only be resolved through the concerted actions of the very countries – and others – that precipitated the crisis.
Jan Servaes's insight:
The current crisis in Europe is of our own making, not of those who seek asylum or economic stability. It is not someone else’s “problem” and it can only be resolved in ways that recognize equality, dignity, and genuine need.
A quelques mois de la COP21 à Paris, Christiana Figueres, secrétaire exécutive de la convention cadre de l'ONU sur le climat a lancé un cri d'alarme. Il n'y a pas assez d'argent pour financer cette grande conférence de l'ONU.
“We have to teach young students about global citizenship. Critical thinking is very important when it comes to handling issues of violent extremism, to teach the youth that violent extremism is not workable with a peaceful and inclusive society.”
Revenue losses due to globalisation need to be addressed. There are three main reasons for revenue losses: first, capital movements increase opportunities for tax evasion because of the limited capacity that any tax authority has to check the overseas incomes of its residents; evasion is easier as some governments and financial institutions systematically conceal relevant information.
WHEN Pope Francis issued his 192-page encyclical on climate change and pollution, this was rightly hailed as a landmark in the history of the papacy, and of...
Jan Servaes's insight:
So what does Islam have to say about the environment? Like the sacred scriptures of other creation-based, monotheistic religions, the Koran presents the whole material world, and the animal kingdom in particular, as a divine miracle to which man must respond with awe and self-restraint.
The problem is that backroom dealings and pressure campaigns have ominous implications for the legitimacy and fairness of international negotiations, not to mention the political will of governments to take the sustainable development goals seriously.
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