Discussing the need to address the intertwined challenges of economic development, social inclusion and environmental sustainability holistically as part of The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Austrian Academy of Sciences joint public lecture series.
Achieving sustainable development will be the overriding strategic challenge of this generation. Throughout most of history, the tasks of integrating economic development, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability were local or regional. In the 21st century, however, they are indisputably global. Only through global cooperation can individual nations overcome the interconnected global-scale crises of extreme poverty, [...]
Speech Presented at the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences December 5, 2013 It is a wonderful joy and great honor for me to be in the renowned Pontifical Academy of Social Science to discuss the crucially important topic of social inclusion. Pope Francis’ recent exhortation to the world, Evangelii Gaudium, energizes us to overcome exclusion, [...]
Energy lies at the heart of the world’s sustainability challenge. On the one hand, abundant, accessible, low-cost energy is vital for economic prosperity. On the other hand, the world’s pattern of energy use, based on fossil fuels, threatens massive future climate change with devastating potential consequences. The greatest sustainability challenge, therefore, is to meet the [...]