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Socially Sustainable Development - Beyond Economic Growth by Leisa Perch Coordinator – Rural and Sustainable Development IPC-IG AMUN, Model UN, UnB Brasilia, July 28 th , 2011 Email: [email_address]
Our work on Sustainable Development focuses on environmental risk including climate change as an added distortion to and opportunity for reconciling environment, social and economic imperatives in policy and in the context of inclusive growth. Our theme is : “For Growth to be Inclusive it must be sustained and sustainable. And to be Sustainable it must be equitable” .
This presentation will focus on:
The Global Development Agenda: Key Issues (MDGs, South-South Cooperation),
Sustainable Development and Green Economy: Evolution of the Concepts,
Sustainable Development: Linkages with Inclusion
Rio+20 and the international negotiations on sustainable development: Where are we going? What do we want to achieve?
Inclusive growth is both an outcome and a process . On the one hand, it ensures that everyone can participate in the growth process, both in terms of decision-making for organising the growth progression as well as in participating in the growth itself. On the other hand, it makes sure that everyone shares equitably the benefits of growth. Inclusive growth implies participation and benefit-sharing . Participation without benefit sharing will make growth unjust and sharing benefits without participation will make it a welfare outcome (IPC-IG).
Situating Inclusion in the Development Discourse
.......Not just about morality. About development effectiveness, rights and justice.
“ Development cannot be achieved if half of the world’s population is left out” – Helen Clark “ Gender equality is an issue of developmental effectiveness, not just a matter of political correctness or kindness to women” (WB, 2002:1). “ Inequality hinders progress in development” (UNECLAC, 2010)
UDHR, Article 25 (1) - everybody has the right to a standard of living adequate for health and well-being………. And the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his/her control.
(United Nations, Declaration of Human Rights Article 25 (1)
Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (Article 5): “respect to the rights held by indigenous peoples over genetic resources” and for “mutually agreed terms” in Paragraph 2 of the article. It goes further to recognize benefits in both “monetary and non-monetary terms” in Para 4 of the same Article of the Protocol . the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights states in Part III, Article 11, Paragraph 2 that: The States Parties to the present Covenant, recognizing the fundamental right of everyone to be free from hunger ……….shall take actions relating to the supply and production of food.
Water supply and distribution depend on energy and labour; and
Energy can be supplied by water
Famine in Somalia
Displacement of 40 MN in 2010
Water for energy has a higher market value than food for nutrition
Deforestation caused by land clearing has the lowest value of the three major causes (Vatenfall, 2007)
Food, Water, Energy Nexus System Diagram for Risk Associated with the water-food-energy nexus. Source: World Economic Forum http://riskreport.weforum.org/global-risks-2011.pdf
Food Security According to FAO’s hunger measure based on undernourishment, South Africa has less than 5% population undernourishment (2005-2007), Brazil ( 6% ) and India ( 21% ). Brazil’s “ Zero Hunger Program ” covering food access, agriculture and income generation, and South Africa’s “ National Integrated Food Security Strategy ” focusing on household food production, income opportunities; nutrition, and food emergencies reflect an integrated and formalised government strategy, while India ’s 20 or so food schemes are related to different government sectors and is not integrated.
In 2008, global environmental damage estimated at USD 6.6 trillion (11% of GDP (UNEP, 2010)
Under BAU could reach USD 28 Trillion (by 2050)
2010 noted as a record for CO2 emissions (IEA, 2011)
Gross World Output in 2011 was over USD 63 trillion
Challenge: Decoupling growth from environmental degradation
Source: Ecological Footprint Atlas (2010) Region Average Ecological Footprint for consumption per capita/per resident Sub-Saharan Africa 1.4 gha Latin America and the Caribbean 2.6 gha Europe 4.7 gha North America 7.9 gha Global 2.7 gha per person
socially sub-optimal or unconcerned with inequality or inequity (Sen, 1993).
A manifestation of Inefficient equilibrium Zaman (2008:7) . Zaman also suggests that in some cases what one observes as club privileges where a small coalition dictates the terms and limits the capacities of outsiders to enter or influence the game.
Smith and Vivekananda (2009:9) suggest that treating with the complexity of climate change, conflict and fragility requires not just “adaptation” but specifically “social adaptation to social consequences”, suggesting that more than technological, instrumental and hardware solutions are warranted.
Environment as potentially being substituted by other dimensions of the development triad (Costanza, 1997)
Theory and Reality Interlocking Circles showing the necessary movement to attain sustainability
Sustainable Development : economic, social and environment in tandem and in balance. Our common Future (added temporal context) – present and future generations.
Green Economy– no consensus as yet:
A Green Economy is one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental and ecological scarcities." (UNEP, 2011)
Growth in income and employment is driven by public and private investments that reduce carbon emissions and pollution, enhance energy and resource efficiency, and prevent the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
enhancing economic growth, social progress and environmental stewardship can be complementary strategic objectives and that the need for possible trade-offs among them en route to their realization can be overcome (WESS, 2011).
to ensure that those limits of the Earth’s capacity as a source and sink are not crossed (Ibid)
Leaving 50% of the population out of development weakens the sustainability of growth and development
Targeting women can be strategic and be a multiplier for development: “impacts more on household investment in nutrition, health, and education of children than extra income going to fathers” (World Bank 1995:28).
When women are empowered, growth and the rate of growth improves (Klasen, 2006)
Increased output of goods and services, increased leisure, increased conservation of the environment, increased capacities to enjoy good health, to exercise skills, and to
participate in decision making (Barriteau, 2005)
approximately 30% of those who live on less than a dollar each day are men.
Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours yet receive only 10% of the world’s income.
Men own 99% of the world’s property.
Women members of parliament globally average only 17% of all seats.
92% of all of the world’s cabinet ministers are men.
Seventy-five percent of the world’s 876 million illiterate adults are women.
In some parts of the world, the wage gap between women and men is close to 40%.
Of the 550 million low-paid workers in the world, 40% are men.
In a sample of 141 countries over the period 1981–2002, it was found that natural disasters (and their subsequent impact) on average kill more women than men or kill women at an earlier age than men. Cyclone Sidr, Bangladesh.
Sources: Social Watch, 2007 and 2008; Oxfam, 2007; Neumayer and Plümper, 2007; and ILO, 2008.
Inclusion is not just about who; it is it is also about why
It is also important to recall that poverty and gender inequality are not absolutes but are relative concepts, since they refer to the status of one group relative to another in a specific context.
Not all rural people are poor , not all women are disempowered in the same ways , and not all environmental benefits are sustainable .
Those who have access to resources, education and opportunities are certainly vulnerable to climate change, but in a different way; they are much less vulnerable than the poor because of their capacity to cope , and to identify or create other opportunities for themselves.
The linking of sustainable livelihoods approach , the social responsibility risk reduction model/ social risk management mechanisms , writ large, can potentially close the gap by facilitating the recognition of the links, the necessary mediation between short and long-term and direct (micro) and in-direct benefits (macro) and by ensuring that benefit-sharing is complemented by risk-sharing .
Figure 2. Proposed conceptual framework for linking adaptation, mitigation and climate-compatible development Source: Perch, 2011
… allows you to consider time, structures and people
Co-linked urban and rural planning:
Anticipatory policies which support rural-urban migration , access to housing and expanded sanitation can reduce the risks of expanded and persistent flooding as well as health outbreaks.
Expanding rural income opportunities and access to energy not only helps rural development it also helps urban development by proxy . It can significantly reduce the scope and scale of pressures on the urban environment itself, the urban economy and the demand for urban services while expanding those resources in the rural sector.
Renewable energy : Can the need for land for energy production e.g. wind be a source for rural economic regeneration i.e. Non-far income source as well as helping to reduce emissions in agriculture?
A resident of Lusaka's Misisi township wades through waterlogged streets on February 1, 2008. REUTERS/Mackson Wasamunu. Accessed from AlertNet- http://www.trust.org/alertnet/news/changing-rains-poor-urban-planning-expose-zambian-capital-to-repeat-of-2010-floods/
Social Innovation: Linking Social Risk Mitigation and Productive Inclusion Source: Perch (2010). Programme summary Growth co-benefits Gender co-benefits Poverty co-benefits Environmental co-benefits Unique structural elements 1. Brazil’s PNPB adopts an explicit policy to incorporate family farmers into the biodiesel value chain. Incentives by GOB included distribution of seeds, technical assistance, credit and formal contracts for small-scale family farmers. Special economic incentive instruments target the less developed Northeast region (Zapata, et al., 2010). Structures the supply chain of biodiesel in Brazil and expands the sources for the production. Linked to a regulation that demands biodiesel/diesel blending into gasoline (of at least 5 per cent) (Zapata et al., 2010). Gender is not an issue that has been identified in the policy design of the PNPB. However, several women are small-scale farmers and take part in the programme. Directly integrates small farmers in new markets and provides a guaranteed additional source of income for them and their families. Expands low-carbon path of development. The Selo Social (Social Label) certification for purchases, gives tax exemptions to the refineries purchasing a minimum required amount from smallholder farmers, and full tax exemption to those purchasing from farmers in the Northeast region. (Zapata et al., 2010). 2. Ethiopia’s PSNP provides cash and food in exchange for work during the food insecurity and hunger period, (Davies et al., 2008). Maximises benefits across sectors; reduces need for emergency welfare mechanisms in times of drought. Includes focus on women and gender dimensions of poverty. Cash transfers alleviate stress and insecurity; build assets and gather funds for mitigating climate-related risks. Prevent the use of environmentally-damaging coping strategies particularly in times of drought. Safety net programme – linking social protection and climate change.
The Solidarity Economy embraces the concept of a “social economy’’ or growth driven by social accountability and responsibility combined with a focus on environmental sustainability. In Brazil, the "Solidarity Economy" started in the 1980s with the organization of rural workers, expanding in the 90s and early 2000s into a social movement.
Paul Singer, professor and Secretary of the Solidarity Economy National Secretariat argues in his book Introduction to Solidarity Economy (Introdução à Economia Solidária) that Solidarity Economy is a alternative proposal between capitalism and classic socialism and updates ideas of John Stuart Mill.
In 2005 it involved over a million persons and 41% of municipalities in Brazil. While linked to the concept of productive inclusion, it goes further. In November 2010, President Lula signed a decree making Brazil the first Equitable and Solidarity trade system in the world that is recognized and supported by the state  .
Solidarity Economy is a vision in which a series of parameters are to be followed during the execution of public policies aimed at creating employment and revenues through actions of promotion of the solidarity economy and of fair trade. Its objectives include conscious consumerism, social responsibility, a national identity of equitable and solidarity trade; and equitable pricing for those who produce, commercialize and consume.
SE linked into the national policy framework through a National Secretariat and a council and more recently a policy signed by Lula integrating the solidarity economy into Brazil’s growth strategy.
UNDP’s Green Commodities Facility and Public-Private Platforms for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth” :
Builds on experiences of the Green Commodities Facility (GCF) as well as broader work of UNDP in the area of inclusive markets and value chain development.
Partnership of the Environment and Energy Group, BDP together with the Private Sector Division.
UNDP’s Green Commodities Facility and an emerging national platform initiative bring together public and private actors with the aim to integrate inclusive growth with environmentally sustainable and “green growth”.
Country example: the National Platform for Responsible Production and Trade of Pineapple in Costa Rica. The platform is an initiative of UNDP and the Costa Rican Government with the objective of developing an environmentally and socially responsible model for pineapple production in the country through a dialogue among producers, exporters, authorities and civil society.
South-South Cooperation and Learning can share good practices
Sustainable development has become, in many ways, a “catch-all phrase”, largely framed within “limits to growth” and defined by the management and conservation of environmental resources.
Cascio (2009) considers resilience linked to but not synonymous with sustainability; noting specifically that “ resilience, conversely [as opposed to sustainability] accepts that change is inevitable and in many cases out of our hands, focusing instead on the need to be able to withstand the unexpected ”.
Initially, it was often assumed that by successfully reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, biodiversity and other ecosystem services would benefit automatically. However, the more the scope of the mechanism was widened, the more it became obvious that REDD+ would not necessarily generate additional benefits ” (Pistorius et al, 2010: ii).
Poverty and Environment are not natural bedfellows (Gilbert, 2010)
This framework focuses on optimizing co-benefits in a multidimensional context (growth, gender, poverty and environment, or GGPE) and stresses harmonized and convergent policies to achieve multiple outcomes and can be applied for linking adaptation and mitigation.
Figure 3: Adjusted Co-Benefits Framework Based on GGPE Considerations Source: (Perch, 2010).
Delivering Sustained Progress and Sustainability
Poverty reduction gains are sustained : Trajectory for poverty reduction is from indigence (extreme poverty) to poverty to being non-poor to being in the middle class.
How the poor and households will become active participants and not just beneficiaries
Moving from ideals to practical solutions
Matching problems to solutions – at the heart of many global dilemmas including food security are issues of governance not economics.
Accounting for the short and long-term impact of repeated natural shocks.