Nation States: Organizational Hierarchies or Networks?

Last semester, during a seminar at Goethe Universit├Ąt on Geographies of Violence: state, space and power relations in Latin America, the idea of "Nation States as institutional hierarchies" was fiercily challenged by the idea of "Nation States as networks". The "network party", as Anne-Marie Slaughter calls it (2014: pp. 59), is a paradigm change for …

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Accelerating Energy Efficiency: Policy Briefs for the 2018 High Level Political Forum

The High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development meets annually in July, under the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), where countries present their Voluntary National Reviews (VRNs) of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The HLPF also carries out thematic reviews of progress on the SDGs including cross-cutting issues. To facilitate an in-depth review …

Advocacy strategy for the sustainable transition of high impact enterprises

Building a sustainable strategy sometimes demands complex action plans involving multidisciplinary and interdependent areas of any organization. Such approach may come at high planning and interwoven execution costs, which may represent the first barrier at the decision making process on transitioning from an ordinary twentieth century business to a sustainable twenty-first century enterprise. However, if …

Bilateral Relations Brazil – Finland

On February, 14 2012, Mr Jyrki Katainen, Prime Minister of Finland was received by Dilma Roussef, President of Brazil, with the second largest ever official delegation sent from Finland to anywhere in the world. They talked about strengthening bilateral cooperation on science, technology, innovation and education. On Education, Mr Katainen assumed the commitment of providing …

Roadmap for discussion for the United Nations Conference for Sustainable Development (UNCSD)

The United Nations Organization plan The Future We Want - The zero draft of the outcome document Vision Political commitment Green economy Institutional Framework Framework for action and follow-up Agenda 21 Social and economic dimensions Conservation and management of resources Strengthening the role of major groups Means of implementation Global Compact Human Rights: Businesses should …

Follow up on Rio+20 and launch of the Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform

The United Nations continues its tremendous efforts in keeping the sustainable development governance strategysynchronizedto a global scale. The information in this article was received from the UN Division on Sustainable Development, directed to the major groups. The material is especially interesting for institutions building internal policies and business strategies on Sustainable Development, Corporate Responsibility, Corporate …