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Monday, 8 April 2013
The report divides its main analysis into two sections – firstly identifying the key drivers of the rise of the south and secondly, raising future issues that need to be addressed to maintain this process. Both contain factors that will impact on sustainabililty. The three key factors driving the growth of the south are:
- A proactive developmental state;
- The tapping of global markets;
- Determined social policy innovation.
The Report has five main conclusions for the future:
- Rising economic strength in the south must be matched by a full commitment to human development – a commitment that is as much to do with economic necessity as the moral case for human potential.
- Less developed countries can learn and benefit from the success of emerging economies in the south – it cites recent Chinese and Indian joint ventures and start-up manufacturing investments in Africa as an example of this.
- New and stronger institutions are needed to promote trade and investment and accelerate experience sharing across the south.
- Greater representation for the south can accelerate progress on major global challenges – the report cites the emergence of the G20 as an example of this process but points out that India – a nuclear power, an economic giant and soon to be the most populous country in the world still has no permanent seat on the UN Security Council.
- The rise of the south presents new opportunities for generating a greater supply of public goods – the report cites climate change as an example of the kind of issue that the south’s new power may help to solve.
Sunday, 31 March 2013
I'm running through the thought piece in Nature on what the SDG's will look like. Must say that I’m struggling to see this new paradigm. The three pillars approach was always seen as a starting point for broader exploration and expansions. The economy, society, and earths life support System is also far from new and is in fact part of the existing paradigm. Of course I understand the need to translate a hugely contested, ambiguous concept into a meaningful policy grounded form, but there is also a need to maintain an appreciation of this complexity. I worry about this articulation and its transmission to the six proposed SD goals. I will elaborate on this at a later point. For now I draw on the imagery used in the article and obviously this is going to stand out in light of my research into sustainable development and Surfing. A sweeter synergy I could not have asked for.
Not only a wave, the most terrifying of waves, the Tsunami well at least an artist’s impression, as this wave does seem to have a shoulder and a very workable face, can’t make out if it’s a left or a right though. There is a flimsy boat about to be pounded by said wave. Four figures at the helm and one looking back at the stern, life rings are seen thrown asunder, not needed now, the image would suggest, as it is too late. In the background a volcano billowing smoke, undoubtedly about to erupt and cover everything in the vicinity with red hot magma. Is this how the authors imagine the Anthropocene? This too is something I will explore in more detail at a later date. For now I simply ‘note with interest’ the use of the wave and the multiple ways this iconography is employed. We must ask ourselves with SDG’s that now put the economy front and centre, well in the middle anyway. What is it selling now, a car, a T-shirt, in this instance it is an ideology, a political imperative that none can escape from. A global community bound to and responsible for (to very varying degrees) the disintegration of the global life support system. The image leaves one wondering. Does the life boat mange to surf the wave to the saftey of the shore (though im worried about the volcano) or does it suffer the final wipout.
Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Monday, 14 January 2013
Over a number of blogs I have tried to elaborate on a number of perspectives on sustainable development. It is important, at times to remind ourselves of some of the basics. Whilst not flawless (what is) the following are very useful.