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Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals: Towards a New Social Contract

Objectifs de développement durable post-2015 : vers un nouveau contrat social

Third Rencontres Internationales de Reims on Sustainability Studies

IIIe Rencontres internationales de Reims en Sustainability Studies

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Published on Tuesday, May 28, 2013 by Elsa Zotian

Summary

Les Nations-Unies feront, en 2013, le bilan des Objectifs du millénaire pour le développement (OMD) et poseront inévitablement la question : Que faire ensuite ? Que faire après-2015, à échéance des OMD ? L’objectif de ces 3èmes rencontres internationales de Reims en Sustainability Studies est de contribuer à cette réflexion de fond, d’apporter des éléments de réponse dans le champ de la durabilité. Une attention toute particulière sera prêtée à la gouvernance environnementale, au développement régional et à la justice sociale.

Announcement

Argument

In 2013, the United Nations will take stock of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). It is inevitable that the question of what to do next will be asked. What to do after the expiry of the MDG in 2015? The goal of the Third Rencontres Internationales de Reims in Sustainability Studies is to contribute to this debate, to produce some elements to answer to this question about sustainability. Particular attention will be paid to environmental governance, regional development and social justice.

The Millennium Declaration proclaimed the “collective responsibility to uphold the principles of human dignity, equality and equity at the global level”. Of course, but how to go beyond lip service and do it concretely? More precisely, how to take into consideration new global phenomena such as and of the dimension of climate change, the depletion of natural resources, financial crises, demographic dynamics, migrations and mobility.

Moreover, the political, environmental and economic context has deeply changed. Emerging countries have become the center of all attentions, given that their economies make the world go around. In the mean time, disparities among developing countries and within them are still too high. Environmental performance indicators greatly suffered at the same time, particularly in developing countries. With the diffusion of the transition to sustainability, new actors have emerged, especially in the private, associative and local sphere. They joined traditional institutional actors such as states and international organiza- tions. It is not an accident that the two major to- pics of Rio+20—during which the negotiations of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals were launched—were “the green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication” and “the institutional framework for sustainable development.”

Indeed, the institutional framework for sustainable development is not yet very stable, as shown by the Second Rencontres de Reims in Sustainability Studies last September. In particular, the recurring question of coordination mechanisms – be it at the local, regional, national or international level – is far from settled. But that’s not all: the effectiveness of sustainable policies lies largely in their acceptance, in their collective appropriation, which is indirectly related to institutional arrangements. To think about post-2015 also means—in the tercentenary of the birth of Jean-Jacques Rousseau—to define a new social contract and to include stakeholders, neighborhood communities and groups of individuals capable of forming voluntary asso- ciations among the major players of sustainable development.

To determine the conditions and forms of this new social contract is the third objective of the Third Rencontres Internationales de Reims in Sustai- nability Studies. This is done in the footsteps of Elinor Ostrom, who showed that communities of interest or neighborhoods could be more effective in collectively managing commons than the market or traditional organizational structures.

It is important, in fact, in order to shape truly sustainable policies, to define what constitutes a “good” environment for the societies involved: one in which the improvement of environmental conditions strictly speaking (water quality, air pollution, biodiversity, rational use of resources, soils and energy, etc.) will lead to the improvement of living conditions; one in which technical devices and technologies, deployed in spaces large enough to accommodate imported sustainability, may be appropriate through new lifestyles.

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Programme

Wednesday 19th June

9h00 Accueil autour d’un café

9h45 Allocution inaugurale

  • Marie-Hélène Aubert, Conseillère auprès du Président de la République pour les négociations Climat et Environnement

10h00 Discours de bienvenue

  • Gilles Baillat, Président de l’Université de Reims

10h10 Ouverture des Rencontres

  • François Mancebo, Professeur, Université de Reims Directeur, International Research Center on Sustainability (IRCS)

Conférence inaugurale

  • 10h20 Managing the Anthropocenic Era: the IPCC legacy ten years after
    Carlo Rubbia,  Directeur  scientifique  de l'IASS (Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies de Potsdam) et Prix Nobel de Physique 1984
  • 10h45 Rousseau, Rio and the Green Economy
    Carlos Lopes, Secrétaire exécutif de la Commission économique pour l'Afrique de l'ONU(UNECA)
  • 11h10 Integrating Equity Considerations Into the SDGs
    Leena Srivastava, Vice Chancellor, TERI University and Executive Director, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Delhi

11h35 Débat et déjeuner

Vers un nouveau contrat social ?

  • 14h30 Issue Linkage and the Prospects for SDGs Contribution to Sustainability
    Peter Haas, Professeur de sciences politiques, Université du Massachusetts, Amherst
  • 14h55 Navigating the Anthropocene: Improving Earth System Governance
    Frank Biermann, Professeur et directeur du département d’analyse  des  politiques  de l'environnement  à l'Université d'Amsterdam VU – Directeur Général de la Netherlands Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment

15h20 Débat et pause

  • 16h05 Putting the Individual at the Centre of Development: Indicators for a New Social Contract
    Arthur Dahl, Président du Forum international de l'environnement (IEF) et ancien directeur exécutif adjoint du Programme des Nations Unies pour l'environnement (PNUE)
  • 16h30 Reflections on Global Energy Governance and Post-2015 SDGs
    Nigel Jollands, Manager principal des politiques pour l'efficacité énergétique et le changement climatique, Banque européenne pour la reconstruction et le développement (BERD)

16h55 Débat et pause

Interventions de nos soutiens

  • 17h40 Suez Environnement
    Thomas Perianu,  Directeur  Développement  durable  à Suez-Environnement
  • 17h55 UNITAR
    Alex Mejia, Directeur du Programme du Développement Local de l'UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research)

18h10 Débat Fin de la première journée

Thursday 20th June

9h00 Accueil autour d’un café

Panel 1

  • 10h00 Plea For a New Social Contract
    Ignacy Sachs, Professeur Honoraire d’Économie du développement, École des Hautes-Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS)
  • 10h25 The Future of Global Environmental Governance
    Maria Ivanova, Professeur assistante et Co-Directrice du Centre pour la gouvernance et le développement durable, McCormack Graduate School, Université du Massachusetts, Boston

10h50 Débat

  • 11h20 Un pacte social mondial : peut-on concevoir des objectifs de développement  à l'échelle du monde ?
    Christian Comeliau, Professeur honoraire d’Économie du Développement, Institut Universitaire d’Etudes du Développement, Genève
  • 11h45 The Collaboration Paradigm: a New Pact For the Knowledge Economy
    Ladislau Dowbor, Professeur d’économie, Pontifícia Universidade de São Paulo

12h10 Débat et déjeuner

Panel 2

  • 14h30 Legitimacy of Global Energy Governance
    Sylvia Karlsson-Vinkhuyzen, Professeur-Assistant d’Administration et Politique Publique, Wagenigen University
  • 14h55 The Rescaling of Global Environmental Governance
    Liliana Andonova, Professeur et Directrice du département de  Sciences  Politiques,  Institut  universitaire  de  hautes études internationales et du développement, Genève

15h20 Débat et pause

  • 16h05 Governance Options for Steering Transition to LowCarbon Cars
    Marc Dijk, Chercheur, Centre international pour l'évaluation intégrée et le développement durable (ICIS), Université de Maastricht
  • 16h30 Sustainable Development Governance in Transboundary Mountain Regions: Lessons and Prospects
    Jörg Balsiger, Directeur de Recherche et professeur, Institut fédéral suisse de technologie de Zurich (ETH) – Directeur de Recherche, Département de Géographie et d’Environnement, Université de Genève

16h55 Débat

  • 17h30 Clôture
    François Mancebo, Professeur, Université de Reims Directeur de l'IRCS

Subjects

Places

  • Université de Reims - Campus Croix-Rouge - UFR Lettres et Sciences-Humaines, Amphithéâtre de la Maison de la Recherche (Bât. 13) - 57 rue Pierre Taittinger
    Reims, France (51)

Date(s)

  • Wednesday, June 19, 2013
  • Thursday, June 20, 2013

Keywords

  • Sustainability Studies, Développement durable

Contact(s)

  • Sébastien Piantoni
    courriel : sebastien [dot] piantoni [at] univ-reims [dot] fr

Information source

  • Sandra Mallet
    courriel : sandra [dot] mallet [at] univ-reims [dot] fr

To cite this announcement

« Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals: Towards a New Social Contract », Colloquium, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, https://calenda.org/249830

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