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Malta Seminar: Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction

Trends and Economic Challenges in Malta as part of the ‘Climate Change Research Seminar Series’. Date: Tuesday 29th November 2016 Organisation: by the Climate Change Research Platform of the University of Malta* and PRIMO** Venue: IT Services Building, Room VC102, Malta University The Climate Change Platform (CCP) was set up, under the auspices of the Islands and Small States Institute, to facilitate collaborations between University of Malta entities and individuals interested in climate change issues, and to promote research and […]

Health and Safety Risk Management Review

PRIMO: This approach and methodology of Risk Management Partners and Gallagher Basset can result in a systematic and thorough picture of the actual health and safety aspects in a public organisation. It above all gives input for concrete management measures. The processes review and implementation are well interlinked and based on practical experiences. It is a tool for proactivity. Source: Risk Management Partners Overview Every working day in Great Britain at least one person is killed and over 6,000 are injured at work. Every […]

UK Cyber Risk Survey Report 2016

Source: Marsh Despite a 56% rise in boardroom ownership of cyber risk, the majority (64.6%) of UK firms are still failing to conduct or estimate the financial impact of a cyber attack, according to Marsh’s UK Cyber Risk Survey Report 2016. The report – which is based on the responses of risk professionals and CFOs from large and medium-sized corporations from across the UK – provides an in-depth study into UK organisations’ attitudes towards the cyber threat, the management control processes […]

The Institute for European Studies

In preparation of the Malta Think Tank ‘From Global to Local’ PRIMO agreed to a dedicated partnership with The Institute for European Studies to address and elaborate the specific theme of climate change. This institute within the University of Malta is focused on multi-disciplinary teaching. It runs an evening Diploma course, as well as full-time courses leading to the Bachelor of European Studies degree and to qualifications at MA and PhD level. Each year Maltese and international students enrol in its […]

Antarctic model raises prospect of unstoppable ice collapse

Source: Nature Choices that the world makes this century could determine the fate of the massive Antarctic ice sheet. A study published online this week in Nature1 finds that continued growth in greenhouse-gas emissions over the next several decades could trigger an unstoppable collapse of Antarctica’s ice — raising sea levels by more than a metre by 2100 and more than 15 metres by 2500. “That is literally remapping how the planet looks from space,” says study co-author Rob DeConto, a geoscientist at the […]

Creating Public Value

By John O’Dea* Public value is defined as “using government assets to produce a good and just society”. The term was first mooted in 1995 by Mark H. Moore – Hauser Professor of Non-Profit Organisations at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government – in his book Creating Public Value (Harvard University Press). Public value in public sector management is the equivalent of shareholder value in private sector organisations. Shareholder value is a business term which implies that the ultimate measure […]

Climate Change in Malta

An article from the Malta Resources Authority, published in 2012, but more than ever actual: “The Maltese Archipelago (Malta, Gozo and Comino) covers a total land area of approximately 320 km2 and a 140 km coastline. Malta, which is the largest of the three islands, has an area of 245 km2 (and a coastline of approximately 100 km), while Gozo and Comino have an area of 67 km2 and 3 km2 respectively. The climate of the Maltese Archipelago is typically […]

Structurele bevindingen uit de eerste detectie-audits bij OCMW-besturen

Op 15 maart 2106 publiceerde Audit Vlaanderen haar rapport inzake de wijze waarop een ernstig fraudegeval zich bij een bepaald OCMW- bestuur heeft kunnen voordoen. Uit deze audit bleek dat diverse oorzaken aan de basis lagen van het specifieke fraudegeval. De belangrijkste oorzaak was evenwel dat de mogelijkheden tot functiescheiding en de functionaliteit “begunstigdenbeheer” in de gehanteerde nanciële software niet benut werden. Uit verder onderzoek kwam naar voor dat het risico om op een gelijkaardige wijze te frauderen, in mindere of […]

Transition énergétique

la rénovation thermique des bâtiments s’organise. La maîtrise de l’énergie dans les bâtiments publics et les copropriétés est l’un des défis majeurs de la transition énergétique pour les territoires et l’un des axes prioritaires du projet de loi porté par Ségolène Royal, ministre de l’Écologie, du Développement durable et de l’Énergie. Des Epl immobilières et d’aménagement déjà en place ont été chargées par les collectivités d’intervenir sur ce créneau. D’autres sont créées spécialement. Alors que la France se prépare à […]

Oslo has joined the dozens of cities pledging to divest their holdings in the fossil fuel industry

“Two years ago, the online advocacy group 350.org launched a campaign to persuade investors to move their money away from the fossil fuel industry. By 2014, according to a study by the University of Oxford, it was the fastest growing divestment movement in history – and last month, Oslo became the first capital city to pledge to divest from coal, the most polluting of fossil fuels.” Source: CityMetric

Public Perceptions of Climate Change as a Human Health Risk

Surveys of the United States, Canada and Malta International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health “We used data from nationally representative surveys conducted in the United States, Canada and Malta between 2008 and 2009 to answer three questions: Does the public believe that climate change poses human health risks, and if so, are they seen as current or future risks? Whose health does the public think will be harmed? In what specific ways does the public believe climate change will […]

Migrant deaths may force Europe policy change

Times of Malta The outrage Europe’s leaders face over the deaths of hundreds of refugees trying to reach its shores may force a shift in a policy critics decry as letting people drown to deter others in desperate need. The moat that the Mediterranean forms between Fortress Europe and less fortunate neighborus may become slightly less forbidding, even if the focus will still be to discourage the crossing in ways other than raising the risk of dying at sea. Scrambling […]

Scientist warns: ‘it will still take years to heal’

The Guardian The lessons of a landmark moment in climate research have not been learned. It is popularly viewed as one of the greatest environmental success stories of modern times. Exactly 30 years ago, UK scientists announced they had discovered a hole in the ozone layer in the atmosphere above Antarctica. The hole threatened to spread, allowing increased levels of cancer-causing radiation from the sun to reach the ground. Within a few years of the discovery it was agreed to set […]

Control interno de las entitades del sector publico local

11 de marzo 2015, COSITAL Hoy ha llegado oficialmente al Consejo General el texto del Proyecto de Real decreta,  por el que se regula el régimen jurídico del control interno de las entitades del sector publico local que ha elaborado el Ministerio de Hacienda y Administraciones Públicas en desarrollo de lo establecido en la Ley 27/2013  de 27 de diciembre, de racionalización y sostenibilidad de la Administración Local y sobre el cual el Consejo General de COSITAL, y otros interesados podrán […]

Malta failing in climate change preparation

November 9, 2008, Times of Malta Malta has failed to prepare a plan on its climate change impact, vulnerability and adaptation – unlike other Mediterranean countries that “have prepared quite extensive climate change assessments”, according to the European Environmental Agency. In a report entitled ‘Impacts of Europe’s changing climate’, the EEA states that the Mediterranean is one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change. The report is based on 40 key indicators and stresses the consequences of observed and […]

Why Crossrail is a triumph for risk management

April 10, 2015, Strategic Risk Risk management has been central to the success of Europe’s largest infrastructure project, owing much to sustained engagement with the board and senior management. At the end of March, Europe’s largest construction venture, Crossrail, initiated the final stages of building a 42km tunnel network under London. Six years ago, the project began with the construction of eight new stations and servicing of 38 existing stations to accommodate the new railway. The completed railway will stretch […]

Mapping high-level corruption risks in Spanish Public Procurement

High-level corruption and fraud has had an increased impact on the social and political debate in Spain, especially since the beginning of the financial crisis when several cuts in social spending were made. Greater attention is being paid to where and how the government spends its public funding. This paper explores the extent and forms of political corruption in Spanish public procurement. Its main contribution is the rich analytical discussion of high- profile corruption scandals involving public procurement, such as […]

El clima está cambiando

Es momento de actuar El cambio climático avanza a una velocidad e intensidad más alta de lo previsto. A partir de 1990 se han registrado los 10 años con temperaturas más altas. Esto está provocando el aumento progresivo de la temperatura, la aparición de fenómenos meteorológicos extremos e imprevisibles y la radicalización del clima en ciertas zonas. Nuestro objetivo es que para 2050 las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero, que contribuyen a elevar la temperatura, se hayan reducido alrededor […]

Common Assessment Framework (CAF)

Bron: Bestuurszaken.be Entiteiten van de Vlaamse overheid maken gebruik van het Common Assessment Framework -instrument (CAF) om hun werking te meten en te structureren. CAF – een instrument voor totale kwaliteitszorg – is gebaseerd op het EFQM-model en op het model van de Duitse Universiteit voor Bestuurswetenschappen in Speyer. Het kwaliteitsmodel is specifiek ontwikkeld voor overheidsorganisaties. Filosofie van het model ‘Het model vertrekt vanuit de stelling dat een organisatie uitstekend presteert en buitengewone resultaten behaalt bij de burger/klant, bij haar […]

Preparar al sector público para la gobernanza de riesgos

La gestión de riesgos ocupa un lugar cada vez más importante entre las prioridades de los gestores públicos. En un contexto como el actual, en el que los organismos públicos persiguen la máxima eficiencia, diversifican sus herramientas de servicio público y desarrollan múltiples colaboraciones, la gestión de riesgos se ha convertido en un elemento ineludible para la correcta gestión pública, ya que consigue optimizar los recursos y facilita la consecución de objetivos. Gérard Combe, Vicepresidente de PRIMO Europe (Public Risk Management Organisation) y fundador de […]

Coming to terms with terror

SEROS – Centre for Risk Management and Societal Safety How will the terrorist attacks in Norway on 22 July change the country? That question has been put to three social scientists at the University of Stavanger (UiS). “Norwegians are still in a state of shock,” says professor Odd Einar Olsen. “These incidents were so extensive and gruesome that people need time to come to terms with them.” He is very interested to see what content Norway will give to promises made […]