Achieving a sustainable, equitable and just future for all on a stable and resilient planet: Harnessing the potential of disruptive technologies and lifestyles

'Achieving a sustainable, equitable and just future for all on a stable and resilient planet: Harnessing the potential of disruptive technologies and lifestyles' with Prof Nakicenovic


Location: Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BD

When: 23 November 2018 17:00 - 18:30

 

This talk is organised by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Post-Carbon Transition

The industrial revolution brought about significant progress to humanity. Population increased sevenfold, life expectancy doubled, economic output increased hundredfold and there are as many telephone connections as people in the world. However, at the same time, many people have been left behind. Some three billion do not have access to modern cooking and sanitation. Close to a billion go home hungry and do not have access to electricity yet many of them have to charge their phones. Those left behind are the most vulnerable to negative consequences of the industrial revolution which range from climate change to biodiversity loss. Humanity is at a crossroads. Unbounded growth is endangering planetary support systems and increasing inequalities, the rich are getting richer and the poor even poorer. The transformation toward sustainable future is an alternative possibility for people and the planet – a just and equitable world for all. This is exactly what the United Nations 2030 Agenda offers and is thus a great gift to humanity; it offers a new social contract with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is an aspirational and ambitious vision for future betterment of humanity and it gives a strong reason for fact-based understanding of interrelationships and synergies among the SDGs.

The lecture will build on IIASA’s (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) long and successful history of developing systems-based, integrated solutions and policy advice for some of the world’s most pressing problems, from poverty eradication to global change and The World in 2050 (www.TWI2050.org) initiative to provide greater understanding of how to achieve the necessary transformations toward a sustainable and just future for all.