by Michela Zucca
Areas of Engagement
Excerpt from the Report on the ISS-HIVOS-SID-NL Colloquium: The second Environmental Studies Colloquium Series brought together environmentalist, economists and gender experts in a debate around the green economy. The focus was on how to deepen the analysis on gender and sustainable livelihood to the green economy reflecting the main theme of the book Women reclaiming sustainable livelihoods. The colloquium and the book launch were timed as inputs into Rio +20 summit by looking at two key questions: How should women be ‘reclaiming’ space in the sustainable livelihoods debate?
'Citizenship for Change' focuses around the question 'What should we make of the wave of citizen action protests that swept the globe in 2011?' As the editorial makes clear, civic action is moving away from institutional campaigns and projects of the traditional meta movements. What are we to say at these new actions of 'unruly politics' and mass mobilization fueled by social media and drenched in revolutionary discourse.
The launch of the journal took place on the occasion of the last lecture of the 2011-2012 SID NL lecture series The State in a Globalizing World. Hilary Wainwright, research director at the Transnational Institute (TNI), and co-editor of Red Pepper delivered a lecture on 'Rethinking the state in the context of financial, environmental and social chaos'.
Given the innovative approach adopted by the authorities to work out such an ambitious project, the SID Mauritius Chapter is fully supporting and participating in this initiative since its very early stages. From the Mauritian perspective the Green Economy concept as developed by UNEP, needs to be further clearly defined as currently it is not efficiently addressing the pressing needs of developing countries, particularly LDCs (Least Developed Countries), SIDS (Small Island Developing States), etc.
Summary report by SID Vienna (pdf version)
Q1) What does sustainable development mean or imply today for a country like Haiti? Which are the issues to be put on the agenda?