June 18, 2012
On 19 June, The European Commission’s DG Development & Cooperation, EuropeAid and the United Kingdom jointly organise a side event to the Rio+20 Conference, on Sustainable Development Goals: From ‘silo thinking’ towards an integrated approach. Insights from the European Report on Development.
The high-level panel will provide the opportunity to discuss how the integrated thinking of The European Report on Development (ERD) could inform the development of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Keynotes speakers include Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment and Caroline Spelman, UK Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. From ODI, Dirk Willem te Velde, ERD Team Leader will give an introduction to the European Report on Development, together with Imme Scholz from the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE).
May 17, 2012
The new European Report on Development 2011-2012: “Confronting Scarcity: Managing Water, Energy and Land for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth”, authored by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) and the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (GDI/DIE) has been launched in Brussels this week. The report looks at increasing scarcity and how it is likely to affect the prospects of furthering inclusive and sustainable development. It analyses the interconnections among water, energy and land and stresses the benefits of shifting towards an integrated nexus approach.
March 29, 2012
The planet is under pressure – a whole conference is devoted to the topic this week. Global growth is under pressure - full debt deleveraging has not yet taken place in Europe, and every day brings new evidence of a growth slowdown in China and India. The normal course of action is to see these as separate issues and discuss solutions in separate fora.
What if we argue that this is no longer considered efficient because short-term welfare and long-term planetary boundaries are increasingly linked? In what ways could environmental and growth thinking in the G20 and Rio+20 reinforce each other?