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The Opportunity of the Commons

September 05, 2016 |


Naoko Ishii, CEO and chairperson of the Global Environment Facility, tells Geoffrey Lean of new priorities for her organisation and the world economy that conform to the sustainable development goals.

“We know about the “tragedy of the commons”, but how about the opportunity it presents? The crisis facing the ultimate global commons – the very conditions that make human civilisation and economic prosperity possible – confronts us with the necessity of making our societies and economies more sustainable and less inequitable.

One who is determined to exploit the opportunity to achieve transformational change is Ms Naoko Ishii, the CEO and chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). She is starting with her own organisation – the world’s largest public funder of international programmes to benefit the global environment – aiming to “develop a new way of doing business” through the GEF’s annual $1bn disbursement to bring about “system change”. And she wants to use the momentum of last year’s adoption of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and agreement in Paris on combatting climate change to make the green economy a priority for finance ministers…”

Read on at: the Guardian.

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