public governance

Flooding after Storm Desmond

Source: Zurich The storms that battered the north of England and parts of Scotland at the end of 2015 and early 2016 caused significant damage and disruption to families and businesses across tight knit rural communities and larger towns and cities. This came just two years after Storm Xaver inflicted significant damage to the east coast of England. Flooding is […]

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, […]

Tarification sociale de l’eau

PRIMO France Près d’une vingtaine de collectivités retenues pour l’expérimentation Un décret, publié au Journal officiel du 16 avril, fixe la liste des dix-huit collectivités et groupements de collectivités retenus pour participer à l’expérimentation, prévue par la loi Brottes sur l’énergie du 15 avril 2013, en vue de favoriser l’accès à l’eau et de mettre en œuvre une tarification sociale […]

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 […]

La collectivité dans la Troisième Révolution Industrielle

3 mars, 2015, PRIMO France Vers une nouvelle revolution industrielle La Première Révolution Industrielle naît de technologies mécaniques utilisant la vapeur d’eau comme force motrice, permettant l’essor de transports rapides et augmentant la vitesse de communication tout en réduisant les coûts d’impression. Locomotives, presses rotatives et linotypes sont quelques-uns des outils mis à disposition, et ont favorisé l’alphabétisation de masse […]

Does scale matter/Le niveau d’administration importe-t-il?

By Professor Filip De Rynck, Professor public administration at the University of Gent. It is obvious that the debate on scale troubles a lot of administrators and scientists. Numerous strategies and considerations are employed to finally come to the “deired” scale. Panel Mr Geert Hillaert, City Secretary of the city of Kortrijk, Belgium Mr Eddie Sheehy, Chief Executive of Wiclow […]

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 […]

Volume loss from Antarctic ice shelves is accelerating

Source: Science “The floating ice shelves surrounding the Antarctic Ice Sheet restrain the grounded ice-sheet flow. Thinning of an ice shelf reduces this effect, leading to an increase in ice discharge to the ocean. Using eighteen years of continuous satellite radar altimeter observations we have computed decadal-scale changes in ice-shelf thickness around the Antarctic continent. Overall, average ice-shelf volume change accelerated […]

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 […]

Risikoledelse… en kommunal opgave

Forord Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Indenrigs- og sundhedsminister “Kommunale ledere tager hver dag beslutninger, der indebærer risici. Det vil sige beslutninger, der medfører usikkerhed af betydning. Det kan være risici for borgerne, for lokalsamfundet eller for den kommunale organisation selv. Risiko er ganske enkelt en præmis, når fremtiden er uvis. Eller sagt på en anden måde: At træffe betydningsfulde beslutninger på et usikkert […]

Manifesto for local economies

A thorough manifest focused on a fundamental shift in the way policy and economic development is designed, legislated for, strategised and delivered. The Centre for Local Economic Strategies is convinced that recent approaches do NOT have delivered strong enough social or local economic outcomes to deal with the issues many individuals and communities face. A clear statement. They plea (quoted from the […]

Malta: Risk Assessment

Source: Global Edge Resilient growth but dependent on European demand Malta’s economy is the most open in the EU after Luxembourg. Growth still depends on the economic situation in the rest of the EU, which absorbs nearly half of exports. The production of electronic components and exports of pharmaceuticals are expected to remain buoyant in 2014. Moreover, the strong tourist […]

Aon’s Political Risk Map 2015

A guide to measure risks in emerging markets. Emerging markets continue to be attractive for businesses seeking alternative areas for growth. However, in less mature economies, assets, contracts and loans can be adversely affected by government action or inaction. In today’s economic and geopolitical environment, it is crucial for organisations to have a comprehensive high level overview of their exposure to […]

Integratie OCMW in de gemeente

De Vlaamse regering brengt op vrijdag 16 januari in de conceptnota Integratie OCMW in de gemeente naar voren dat een goed hedendaags, sterk en efficiënt sociaal beleid ten bate van de inwoners van de gemeente geïntegreerd dient te zijn in het hele gemeentelijk beleid en wordt gevoerd door een en dezelfde lokale overheid. De Vlaamse Regering wil met de integratie van het OCMW […]

The Arctic Council is becoming increasingly important and must be subject to better control

Source: Riskrevisjonen Climate change and increased accessibility poses significant environmental challenges in the Arctic. – Rising activity in the Arctic makes cooperation in the Arctic Council increasingly important. The Council can become more effective with better controls, organisation and reporting, says Auditor General Per-Kristian Foss. The investigation shows that the Arctic Council suffers from impractical organisation and management of the […]

OECD Recommendation on the Governance of Critical Risks

By Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) This Recommendation is recognition of the escalating damages that occur due to extreme events. Total damage caused by natural and human-induced disasters in OECD and BRIC countries has been estimated at nearly USD 1.5 trillion over the last decade. New vulnerabilities and interconnections seem to amplify the economic impacts. Recent events are […]

IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5)

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) produced the report of IPCC Working Group II. It confirmed that the climate change now is influencing all continents and oceans. And more than that: we are simply not ready for the risks we face. The Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) brings forward the latest scientific knowledge and insights related to climate change. Read more […]

Rotterdam Climate Initiative

As a low-lying delta city with Europe’s largest international port, Rotterdam takes its responsibility seriously in creating a sustainable city, region and Europe. By linking sustainable ambitions to a strong economy, Rotterdam will become the most sustainable world port city. Improving the climate for the benefit of people, the environment, and the economy; that is the challenge confronted by the collective […]

Paris should prepare now for risk of a costly Seine flood

January 24, 2014, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Quote press-release: “24/01/2014 – A major flooding of the Seine River similar to the flood disaster of 1910 could affect up to 5 million residents in the greater Paris area and cause up to 30 billion euros worth of damage, according to a new OECD report. Economic growth, jobs and […]

EU2030 climate and energy plans lack ambition and overlook local government

by Committee of the Regions Members of the Committee of the Regions have expressed disappointment at the European Commission’s environmental 2030 plans published last week. They had hoped the proposals would commit EU Member States to reducing greenhouse gases by 50%, raise the mix of renewable energy and bind members to increase energy efficiency by 2030. The European Commission began the first […]