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Europe is facing a shift political agendas. This transition will place greater focus on welfare, in both the short- and long-term, and in both policy and action. The organizations and individuals involved in social dialogue feel that the political leadership is far too indecisive and slow-moving to create new models in this time of change.… » read more

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Welfare at stake?

Dear friends, The new year marks new challenges and opportunities. In 2014 we will see two tests of two major political systems – the Swedish general election and the EU’s parliamentary election. Are politicians ready to face the challenges of the welfare state, climate change and other global issues? Let me propose one of the… » read more

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Over the coming days and weeks I hope to see a more proactive agenda emerge from stakeholders across the public, private and voluntary sectors. With the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) launched its 36-page policy report in Stockholm the 27th of September, there will be many new messages and lessons to absorb. But… » read more

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We are a long way off solving the problem of climate change. One need only to think of the string of failed climate negotiations or the recent massive investments in tar sands and shale gas to appreciate this. It is a problem rooted in the fact that national governments do not prioritise renewable energy. They… » read more

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51%. The majority of Sweden’s energy comes from renewable sources. It is an achievement that has surpassed both the EU’s target of 49% by 2020 and the Swedish parliament adopted target of 50 percent in 2020.The seeds to this success can be traced back to the establishment of the official Oil Commission in 2005, which… » read more

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Honest and Healthy Food

An increasing number of people, myself included, are demanding more from what we eat. The discussion of horse meat will push the food industry to the front of the debate. And it is more than one question to be raised about values and ethics in the industrial process of food and its supply chain. The… » read more

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At the World Economic Forum The Green Growth Action Alliance published – The green Investment report some weeks ago.The Green Investment Report is the first report from the Alliance. It aims to inform and inspire policy-makers and public and private finance providers to close the gap in delivering inclusive, sustainable growth. As I can see… » read more

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An increasing number of people, myself included, are demanding more from what we eat. The availability of eco-friendly, organic products has visibly improved in recent years, as people take a greater interest in what they consume and how it impacts the world around them. Nonetheless, on a recent visit to my local store I found… » read more

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It’s worrying me that it is so difficult to build understanding between national governments. We are all developing nations and need to understand how conditions are different depending on where we live on our planet. Mayors in cities seem to have a better capacity than nations themselves to create strong networks that support sustainable development… » read more

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John Elkington asks in the Guardian today if innovation and new business models can do the same for sustainability in the 21st century? The biggest problem and challenges we have is that our society not working with a balance the aligning human and nature system. Since we developed the Natural Steps 4 system – method… » read more

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