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Sustainable development research

Knowledge for a new development agenda
The global community is about to take critical decisions with regard to international development policies. The debate over the post-2015 development agenda is gaining momentum. The UN General Assembly will begin negotiating the global sustainable development goals this autumn.
With its research, CDE aims to contribute to successful implementation of the upcoming agenda. Our annual report for 2013 presents an improved way of measuring poverty and social inequality, asks whether land acquisitions by Swiss firms in developing countries are sustainable, and shows how water conflicts in Kenya can be mitigated.
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Incentive, scarcity, and sustainability. Economic perspectives on sustainable development

Productivity, efficiency, technological progress, and competitiveness: these are the hallmarks of successful projects in business, and – increasingly – in other areas. CDE’s Forum on Development and Environment sheds light on the relevance of business logic for sustainable development. How can analyses, theories, and practice provide insights for realistic and pragmatic strategies for action, triggering social and economic transformation processes?

Research Partnerships for Sustainable Solutions in Governing the Extractive Industries

​With its anniversary conference on 27 August 2014, the Commission for Research Partnerships with Developing Countries (KFPE) addresses the topic of extractive industries through the lens of science and research partnerships. The conference will reach out beyond the scientific community by serving as a platform for discussion and integrating the views of civil society, enterprises, and politics. Along with other contributors, Philippe Le Billon, one of the most renowned scholars in the field, and Ricardo Giesecke, former Minister of the Environment of Peru, will share valuable insights into the extractive industries.

Researchers’ Night 2014

How can smartphones be used to prevent conflicts with elephants? How many goods does a person need to lead a good life? How can soil erosion be prevented in Tajikistan? On 6 September 2014, CDE researchers will bring Sustainable Development to life through questions such as these, at the University of Bern’s “Researchers’ Night”. You are invited to attend the event and immerse yourself in the fascinating world of science from 4 pm to midnight. Researchers’ Night 2014 promises a range of colourful attractions from the world of research, as well as food and music, in the University’s Main Building, UniS, and the ExWi Building.

Art and sustainable development

The Hannes Pauli Gesellschaft is celebrating 30 years of existence this year. The anniversary celebration on 15 August 2014 in Bern will explore the links between art and sustainable development in Switzerland from different perspectives. The programme includes a workshop, guided art tours in and around the federal parliament building, and a public evening event with lectures and a panel discussion. The activities will shed light on how different artists have interpreted the 1848 confederation’s myths of integration and modern Switzerland’s image of itself in the world, and will put this in the broad context of sustainable development.
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