Wednesday, 11 March 2015 - 3:37pm
Measure What Matters
At its recent 46th session 3-6th March, the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC) outlined its support for incremental development of an indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and an embrace of the real opportunities offered by the ‘data revolution’. UN Deputy Secretary-General... Read more
Monday, 9 March 2015 - 4:56pm
Simon Ross - Population Matters
To some, incorporating consideration of demographic trends in sustainability concerns, never mind seeking to influence such trends, remains controversial. They feel this harks back to the time when population control programmes were part of a top down development model. Simon Ross, Chief Executive... Read more
Monday, 23 February 2015 - 10:30am
Marius Hasenheit
All indicators measure an object or field of interest, per se. Hence, a significant reason for misinterpretation occurs when indicators are used for a scope wider than intended. A prominent example might be GDP, which still is used by some policy actors as a measurement for the overall wellbeing of... Read more
Monday, 23 February 2015 - 10:00am
Marius Hasenheit
Resource efficiency has been identified by the EU Commission as one of the seven flagship initiatives that are part of the ‘’EU 2020 strategy aiming to deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive growth”. The NETGREEN Thematic Policy Workshop on ''Maximizing resource efficiency throughout the EU... Read more
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 - 6:19pm
Victor Anderson - Anglia Ruskin University
With the new Planetary Boundaries 2.0 framework released in January, Professor Victor Anderson of the Global Sustainability Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, takes the GEC through the improvements and linkages with green economy thinking offered by the revised framework. A new version of the... Read more
Monday, 9 February 2015 - 6:14pm
Measure What Matters
Daffodils do it; babies do it; kittens do it: growing seems like the most natural thing in the world, and over the years we’ve come to understand growth as the normal state for economies, too. Recessions, when GDP temporarily declines, are an aberration, imperilling human progress and interrupting... Read more
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 - 6:15pm
Chris Hopkins - Green Economy Coalition
Shanghai has become the first major Chinese city to discard its official economic growth target, as China attempts to shift focus towards the quality of economic growth rather than just the quantity, reports the GEC's Chris Hopkins. There has been a nationwide move across China to look beyond the... Read more
Friday, 9 January 2015 - 6:27pm
Katherine Trebeck
Language matters. Misleading or easily misunderstood terminology risks distorting an issue, creating unnecessary confusion. It risks imparting the wrong impression and potentially inculcating or spurring inappropriate actions. These risks are especially acute when an issue rapidly gains policy... Read more
Wednesday, 7 January 2015 - 12:27pm
Measure What Matters
Prof. Bjørn Lomborg, founder of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and author of The Skeptical Environmentalist , sets out the real challenge of monitoring the SDGs in a cost-effective way. If current development and data collection budgets will struggle to cope with the proposed raft of targets and... Read more
Friday, 19 December 2014 - 12:04pm
Saleemul Huq - IIED
Looking back on COP 20 in Lima, we might rightly wonder what has truly been accomplished and whether the process on track to succeed? Saleemul Huq, Senior Fellow with GEC member IIED and Director of ICCCAD, and veteran of all 20 COP meetings, gives us insight into the negotiations. Going into the... Read more


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