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About usWho are we?Green Office GroningenCourse: Sustainability Myth Busters 2016

October 10

Faculty of Arts

National security interests trump global challenges

By: Prof. Dr. Jaap de Wilde


Already since the very origin of the sustainability debate, with the Brundtland Report Our Common Future (1987) as its first pinnacle, people argue to think globally and act locally. Global concerns need to define local politics and economics. Yet, they seldom do. Time and again, and worldwide, national interests trump global challenges. If this is so, pragmatism dictates to accept state-centrism as a starting point. Or did we miss something?

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The Monday session will take the Paris Agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change as its case to establish the pros and cons (or the myth) of a state-centric approach towards a sustainable world society. In that context please take a look at the various websites dealing with COP21, e.g. :

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