Imagine a car-free city, where pedestrian and cyclists have free rein, moving about the streets freely and safely. Suwon City in South Korea is about to discover what an ecomobile city looks and feels like. Suwon City, in partnership with ICLEI and UN Habitat has collaborated to make the EcoMobility World Festival a reality. The neighborhood of Haenggung-dong in the centre of Suwon will be made into the world’s largest “green” transport showroom, giving Suwon’s residents and festival attendees a peek into a car-free world.
This project analyzes the effect of the Equator Principles (EP) for project finance on both the sustainability impact of projects and on the risk assessment procedures of financial institutions that have adopted the principles (EPFI). Based on the results, researchers will develop policy recommendations for improving the outcome of the EPs.
CIGI Chair of Global Systems Thomas Homer-Dixon comments that there is a “deep contradiction between Canada’s plans for the development of the oil sands and the climate reality we are facing around the world.”
Kathryn Hochstetler, CIGI chair of governance in the Americas, comments on new research findings that vast forests are necessary to keep rivers flowing and turbines spinning. "The idea that protecting tropical forest is necessary for sustainable hydropower is a new argument," she says.
“The decision to go to talk to Americans is to say this matters a great deal to us, it is hugely economically important to us,” says CIGI Distinguished Fellow Fen Osler Hampson, commenting on Prime Minister Stephen Harper's visit to the U.S., where he'll discuss the Keystone XL pipeline.
This project explores the three main tracks to overcoming the barriers to sustainable development: how to raise the money; how to spend the money; and, how to design and govern the executing body.
Thomas Homer-Dixon, CIGI chair of global systems and Canadian author of The Ingenuity Gap and The Upside of Down, wrote an editorial in this past Sunday's New York Times, entitled "The Tar Sands Disaster" -- one that is bound to heat up the debate around the politics of Alberta bitumen. He discusses his argument with As It Happens.
Thomas Homer-Dixon, CIGI chair of global systems, discusses his recent New York Times op-ed on the Keystone XL pipeline with Q on CBC Radio One.