Auteur: brent

Migration and Development

De nieuwe editie van VN Forum is van start gegaan: ‘Migration and Development’ Mondiaal worden liefst circa 250 miljoen mensen aangemerkt als migrant (waaronder ruim 65 miljoen vluchtelingen in 2016). De wereld, ónze wereld, is letterlijk in beweging. Want de Noordwest-Europese landen hebben de laatste jaren te maken met een forse migrantentoestroom. Het is een ingewikkelde kwestie; een wirwar van redenen speelt mee in zo’n besluit om huis en haard te verlaten. Een onderschatte drijfveer, zo blijkt in deze editie, is bijvoorbeeld de factor corruptie. En migratie heeft meer onderbelichte kanten. Juist door de complexiteit van migratie gaan we...

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Migration, Environment and Climate Change

Migration, Environment and Climate Change By Andrea Milan An introduction to the topic The relationship between migration, environment and climate change is complex and multifaceted. Migration in the context of environmental and climatic changes takes many forms (internal/international, seasonal/temporary/circular/permanent; regular/irregular) and in a spectrum ranging from forced displacement to voluntary migration. Particularly in rural areas of the global South, environmental drivers of migration have a strong influence on people’s decisions to migrate (or not). In the context of climate change, the influence of these environmental drivers is increasing over time. How environmental changes precisely drive migration depends heavily on...

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From simple consumption to complex impacts

From simple consumption to complex impacts DR. IR. IGOR NIKOLIC (PROFESSIONAL) SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 12: Verzeker duurzame consumptie- en productiepatronen http://www.unric.org/nl/sdg-12 “Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.”                            Alfred N. Whitehead, 1911 While we are busy living our lives we are constantly, and most of the time unconsciously, consuming information, energy, water and materials. Part of this consumption is completely unavoidable, since as living, breathing beings we require a constant stream of air, food and water just to stay alive and many material resources for shelter and warmth....

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Wealth requires a rethinking of our societies

Wealth requires a rethinking of our societies SAMER MANSOUR (PROFESSIONAL) SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 8: Bevorder aanhoudende, inclusieve en duurzame economische groei, volledige en productieve tewerkstelling en waardig werk voor iedereen http://www.unric.org/nl/sdg-8 Some thirty years ago free-market thinking rapidly gained firm ground. It was truly disruptive thinking, allowing short-term financial performance to be the dominating component in the definition of welfare. The theory said that investors should be given almost unrestricted powers in deciding the fate of corporations and the activities of governments alike. This role eventually became institutionalized and enshrined in many national regulations, multilateral treaties and trade pacts....

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Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels HANS VAN LOON (PROFESSIONAL) SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOAL 16: Bevorder vreedzame en inclusieve samenlevingen met het oog op duurzame ontwikkeling, verzeker toegang tot justitie voor iedereen en bouw op alle niveaus doeltreffende, verantwoordelijke en toegankelijke instellingen uit http://www.unric.org/nl/sdg-16  The levelling of the global economic playing field and the increasing interconnectivity of societies and people worldwide in practically all areas of life – globalization – is overwhelmingly a matter of private initiative. The development of global production chains and markets,...

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