Enabling Measures

1 Platform for Survival items

21. Financial organizations shall support a just transition1Actors: The April 2017 version of the Security & Sustainability Guide (SSG) identifies 52 finance organizations: G7 and G20,
Actions include: Tobin tax, universal financial transactions tax, convening World conference to design a global financial architecture, including agreement on taxing wealth and redistribution. Canada’s Just Transition Task Force is now getting underway.
to a low carbon future, the SDGs, and peace.
22. Civil society alliances shall bring justice priorities to the agendas of major global organizations.2Actors: World Social Forum, LEAP, Climate Action International, ecumenical and interfaith coalitions, CCIC, IUCN and other INGOs.
23. Sub-national governments shall exercise leadership in global processes, networks, and institutions.3the Bretton Woods organizations (IMF, World Bank),the Belmont Forum (of funding agencies), Bloomberg New Energy Finance, World Economic Forum (Davos), Climate Bonds Initiative, European Investment Bank, OECD’s Financial Action Task Force, Global Innovation Fund, Green Climate Fund (UNFCCC), UN Financing for Development), Green Investment Bank (UK), and the UNEP Finance Initiative; and The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures.
Actions: Use opportunities available around meetings and processes of organizations like G7, G20, UNFCCC, UNGA, ECOSOC, WTO, IMF, World Bank annual meetings, World Economic Forum, national governments.
Actors: C40, ICLEI, World Parliament of Mayors, Mayors for Peace, UNFCCC, UN Habitat, UN Global Compact Cities Programme, and 100 Resilient Cities (a $100m initiative of the Rockefeller Foundation), Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Canadian Urban Institute, The Urban Renaissance Institute at the University of Toronto

24. Investors and regulators shall compel business4Actors: Business-led Groups such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Ethical Groups such as the UN’s Global Compact, Broadened Accounting Groups seeking new and appropriate measures, Certifying Organizations, Green Investing Groups, Sustainability Consultants, and Green Business Publishing, OHCHR-Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Stock Market disclosures; Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), G20, Trade Agreements, OECD, WEF to meet stringent human rights and climate standards.
25. Social movements and states shall prioritize Sustainable Common Security5Sustainable Common Security priorities are: to develop a common agenda that covers immediate threats, underlying causes and long-term consequences; to build bridges of understanding, support and solidarity in a movement of movements; to address shared global challenges; and, to counter the national security narrative of nuclear deterrence and further preparation for war, with steps toward a more effective peace system.
Actions might include: work for military transformation, economic conversion and progressive UN reform including a UN Emergency Peace Service, a UN Parliamentary Assembly, the strengthening of the International Criminal Court and support for equal participation of women in all UN processes and decision making to address shared global challenges
to address shared global challenges.

Click on the footnote number — where provided — for further information or clarification.


3 Wiki

Each of the proposals above has its own page on the Project Save the World wiki. Our intention is that people will volunteer to use the wiki for an essay on how the proposal can be put into action, what changes may need to be introduced, and so on.

If you are interested in being a contributor, contact us at mspencer@web.net.

4 Foresight for 30 May: David Harries’ slide stack

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5 Papers and articles

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6 Responses

  1. admin says:

    Submitted by David Harries

    Enabling measures: what might be called for

    #21. A globally agreed definition of ‘green justice’ will recognize the need for complex financial compromises given no ‘justice’ can ever be totally green.[1]
    #22. Civil Society organizations and alliances will identify and promote a set of evolving ‘justice priorities’.
    #23. A Secretariat of sub-national governments will design and communicate effective leadership ways and means[2] to global organizations.
    #24. Gaps large and small, and contradictions in among criteria for HR and environmental ‘standards’ will be identified and prioritized for resolution.[3]
    #25. Definitions will exist for ‘sustainable’ and ‘common’ that recognize security is unique and different for every individual, community, state and international region.

    [1] Reparations for acts of egregious ‘green injustive’ will provoke significant social, political and financial disagreements.
    [2] Harries – on offer
    a) The Case for Leadingship
    b) Scenario: United Cities

    [3] An agent – institution or organization – governing a resolution must be credible, willing and capable of facilitating negotiations among diverse actors holding very strong views on complex and evolving issues.

  2. admin says:

    Submitted by Peter Hajnal:

    #21: how exactly would financial institutions (not just organizations; the G7 and G20 are institutions, not organizations) support transition to peace? Also, see footnote 9 is incomplete; why list just the G7 and G20? Better not to specify, just leave it at “52 finance organizations”.

    #23: footnote 11 should distinguish between target institutions and actors.

    • Robin Collins says:

      Thanks Peter, the roles played by financial institutions and how they interact with political actors and institutions will need to be addressed in the essays for this plank. Your footnote comments will need to be fixed as well.

  3. Carol Wells says:

    #23 But a city council doesn’t have any influence over foreign policy. They have different jurisdictions.

    • Robin Collins says:

      Thanks Carol, the essayist(s) will certainly have to address the problem you have raised. Where do local and national/global actors meet?

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