About Sustainable Development, For Russia, Japan, The US and the Rest of the World?

Delegates drawn from the world will in November assemble in Japan to discuss an important milestone for Education for Sustainable Development ( ESD), marking a decade since ESD was launched. Since its historic inception in December 2002, ESD has become a catalyst for innovation in education and the potential to shape a sustainable future will be discussed at The World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development ( ESD) to be held in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan as from November 10-12. The meeting in Japan comes after the 2004 international ESD consultation in Gothenburg and marks the end of the ESD Decade. Today, over 100 countries have enacted national coordinating bodies’ right from communities, schools, universities to the private sector under the guidance of UNESCO which is the UN lead agency for its implementation. ESD has been influential in enabling communities to create sustainable local solutions to problems related to poverty and vulnerability. It touches on various issues ranging from planning, policy development, p
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Japan to host world Education for Sustainable Development conference in November By NYAMBEGA GISESA Updated Thursday, September 11th 2014 at 20:50 GMT +3 Share this story: Delegates drawn from around the world will in November assemble in Japan to discuss an important milestone for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), marking a decade since ESD was launched. Since its historic inception in December 2002, ESD has become a catalyst for innovation in education and the potential to shape a sustainable future will be discussed at The World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to be held in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan from November 10-12. The meeting in Japan comes after the 2004 international ESD consultation in Gothenburg and marks the end of the ESD Decade. Today, over 100 countries have enacted national coordinating bodies’ right from communities, schools, universities to the private sector under the guidance of UNESCO which is the UN lead agency for its implementation. ESD has been influential in enabling communities to create sustainable local solutions to problems related to poverty and vulnerability. It touches on various issues ranging from planning, policy development, programme implementation, finance, administration, learning and assessment. In Kenya, ESD is being implemented through the push for vocational studies to be reintroduced in schools. Some of the schools practice movement and fitness, cultures, design and technology. See also: Nairobi to host e-Tourism Conference The Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD will be launched at the event whose banner is “Learning Today for a Sustainable Future.” The Conference is aimed at celebrating the achievements and lessons learnt from the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development, 2005-2014 (UNDESD) and set the stage for the future of ESD. The conference is organised by UNESCO and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
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Delegates drawn from the world will in November assemble in Japan to discuss an important milestone for Education for Sustainable Development ( ESD), marking a decade since ESD was launched. Since its historic inception in December 2002, ESD has become a catalyst for innovation in education and the potential to shape a sustainable future will be discussed at The World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development ( ESD) to be held in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan as from November 10-12. The meeting in Japan comes after the 2004 international ESD consultation in Gothenburg and marks the end of the ESD Decade. Today, over 100 countries have enacted national coordinating bodies’ right from communities, schools, universities to the private sector under the guidance of UNESCO which is the UN lead agency for its implementation. ESD has been influential in enabling communities to create sustainable local solutions to problems related to poverty and vulnerability. It touches on various issues ranging from planning, policy development, p
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Japan to host world Education for Sustainable Development conference in November By NYAMBEGA GISESA Updated Thursday, September 11th 2014 at 20:50 GMT +3 Share this story: Delegates drawn from around the world will in November assemble in Japan to discuss an important milestone for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), marking a decade since ESD was launched. Since its historic inception in December 2002, ESD has become a catalyst for innovation in education and the potential to shape a sustainable future will be discussed at The World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to be held in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan from November 10-12. The meeting in Japan comes after the 2004 international ESD consultation in Gothenburg and marks the end of the ESD Decade. Today, over 100 countries have enacted national coordinating bodies’ right from communities, schools, universities to the private sector under the guidance of UNESCO which is the UN lead agency for its implementation. ESD has been influential in enabling communities to create sustainable local solutions to problems related to poverty and vulnerability. It touches on various issues ranging from planning, policy development, programme implementation, finance, administration, learning and assessment. In Kenya, ESD is being implemented through the push for vocational studies to be reintroduced in schools. Some of the schools practice movement and fitness, cultures, design and technology. See also: Nairobi to host e-Tourism Conference The Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD will be launched at the event whose banner is “Learning Today for a Sustainable Future.” The Conference is aimed at celebrating the achievements and lessons learnt from the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development, 2005-2014 (UNDESD) and set the stage for the future of ESD. The conference is organised by UNESCO and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
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Forbes:  It's Time For President Obama To Begin Legacy Shopping On Trade Issues

Forbes says: We are currently negotiating two massive trade agreements with the Asia-Pacific region and the European Union, which have the potential to expand the global economy, providing jobs for American workers and new customers for American businesses. But we must also deal on a daily basis with countries like India and China who routinely flout their trade obligations to the detriment of American investment, innovation, and opportunities.

It’s a lot for one president to handle, especially when factoring domestic economic and political issues that have contributed to President Obama’s popularity being at its lowest point in his two terms. For a soon-to-be lame duck commander-in-chief, it’s time to start thinking about the legacy question. Beyond political infighting and a health care law that remains a work in progress at best, how does President Obama want to be remembered five or ten years from now, and what is he going to do to shape that legacy between now and January 2017?

Share this story: Delegates drawn from around the world will in November assemble in Japan to discuss an important milestone for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), marking a decade since ESD was launched. Since its historic inception in December 2002, ESD has become a catalyst for innovation in education and the potential to shape a sustainable future will be discussed at The World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to be held in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan from November 10-12. The meeting in Japan comes after the 2004 international ESD consultation in Gothenburg and marks the end of the ESD Decade. Today, over 100 countries have enacted national coordinating bodies’ right from communities, schools, universities to the private sector under the guidance of UNESCO which is the UN lead agency for its implementation. ESD has been influential in enabling communities to create sustainable local solutions to problems related to poverty and vulnerability. It touches on various issues ranging from planning, policy development, programme implementation, finance, administration, learning and assessment. In Kenya, ESD is being implemented through the push for vocational studies to be reintroduced in schools. Some of the schools practice movement and fitness, cultures, design and technology. See also: Nairobi to host e-Tourism Conference The Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD will be launched at the event whose banner is “Learning Today for a Sustainable Future.” The Conference is aimed at celebrating the achievements and lessons learnt from the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development, 2005-2014 (UNDESD) and set the stage for the future of ESD. The conference is organised by UNESCO and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. ESD allows “every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future.” It involves enriching the teaching and learning process with sustainable development issues such as disaster reduction, biodiversity, sustainable consumption, poverty reduction and climate change. Through inclusion of sustainable development issues, individuals are able to think more creatively, imagine future scenarios and make decisions in a collaborative way.
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Japan to host world Education for Sustainable Development conference in November By NYAMBEGA GISESA Updated Thursday, September 11th 2014 at 20:50 GMT +3 Share this story: Delegates drawn from around the world will in November assemble in Japan to discuss an important milestone for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), marking a decade since ESD was launched. Since its historic inception in December 2002, ESD has become a catalyst for innovation in education and the potential to shape a sustainable future will be discussed at The World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to be held in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan from November 10-12. The meeting in Japan comes after the 2004 international ESD consultation in Gothenburg and marks the end of the ESD Decade. Today, over 100 countries have enacted national coordinating bodies’ right from communities, schools, universities to the private sector under the guidance of UNESCO which is the UN lead agency for its implementation. ESD has been influential in enabling communities to create sustainable local solutions to problems related to poverty and vulnerability. It touches on various issues ranging from planning, policy development, programme implementation, finance, administration, learning and assessment. In Kenya, ESD is being implemented through the push for vocational studies to be reintroduced in schools. Some of the schools practice movement and fitness, cultures, design and technology. See also: Nairobi to host e-Tourism Conference The Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD will be launched at the event whose banner is “Learning Today for a Sustainable Future.” The Conference is aimed at celebrating the achievements and lessons learnt from the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development, 2005-2014 (UNDESD) and set the stage for the future of ESD. The conference is organised by UNESCO and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. ESD allows “every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future.” It involves enriching the teaching and learning process with sustainable development issues such as disaster reduction, biodiversity, sustainable consumption, poverty reduction and climate change.
Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000134617/japan-to-host-world-education-for-sustainable-development-conference-in-november/
es drawn from around the world will in November assemble in Japan to discuss an important milestone for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), marking a decade since ESD was launched. Since its historic inception in December 2002, ESD has become a catalyst for innovation in education and the potential to shape a sustainable future will be discussed at The World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to be held in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan from November 10-12.
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Share this story: Delegates drawn from around the world will in November assemble in Japan to discuss an important milestone for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), marking a decade since ESD was launched. Since its historic inception in December 2002, ESD has become a catalyst for innovation in education and the potential to shape a sustainable future will be discussed at The World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to be held in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan from November 10-12. The meeting in Japan comes after the 2004 international ESD consultation in Gothenburg and marks the end of the ESD Decade. Today, over 100 countries have enacted national coordinating bodies’ right from communities, schools, universities to the private sector under the guidance of UNESCO which is the UN lead agency for its implementation. ESD has been influential in enabling communities to create sustainable local solutions to problems related to poverty and vulnerability. It touches on various issues ranging from planning, policy development, programme implementation, finance, administration, learning and assessment. In Kenya, ESD is being implemented through the push for vocational studies to be reintroduced in schools. Some of the schools practice movement and fitness, cultures, design and technology. See also: Nairobi to host e-Tourism Conference The Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD will be launched at the event whose banner is “Learning Today for a Sustainable Future.” The Conference is aimed at celebrating the achievements and lessons learnt from the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development, 2005-2014 (UNDESD) and set the stage for the future of ESD. The conference is organised by UNESCO and the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. ESD allows “every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future.” It involves enriching the teaching and learning process with sustainable development issues such as disaster reduction, biodiversity, sustainable consumption, poverty reduction and climate change. Through inclusion of sustainable development issues, individuals are able to think more creatively, imagine future scenarios and make decisions in a collaborative way.
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China Spectator: Hong Kong Protests are about more than democracy

Melissa Chang, a former Al Jazeera Beijing correspondent, who was expelled from China, offers one of the most perceptive comments on the escalating confrontation in the former British crown colony: “Always sexy for headlines in the US/West to talk about people protesting for democracy, but it’s also about the economy,” she tweeted.
While we support and cheer Hong Kong citizens’ fight for democracy, it is also important to recognise Hong Kong residents’ frustration with Beijing. Its puppet government in Hong Kong goes much deeper than just electoral reform. Many grievances are related to wider economic and social ills that have little to do with democracy and elections.
Although Hong Kong is still one of the freest economies in the world, it has long ceased to be a land of opportunity for ordinary Hong Kong residents. It is a city dominated by billionaire plutocrats and Chinese red princelings.
The city has one of the highest per capita rates of billionaires in the world: 39 billionaires in a total population of 7 million, according to a Forbes rich list. At the same, around 1.3 million people, or 20 per cent of the population, were deemed to be living under the official poverty line in 2013.

Update: Price fall hastens decline of "big oil" as Western majors retreat


But the latest drop in oil prices to a two-year low leaves few options other than to continue shrinking by selling projects, oil fields and refineries.
And given that the seven majors have already sold assets worth $150 billion in the past four years, they are gradually turning from super-majors into mini-majors: still among the biggest companies in the world but no longer with the size to bend prices to fit their investment cycle.
"Oil companies are in a period of circumspection, which will only be prolonged with the oil price pullback... It is quite clear the business cannot sustain itself with Brent below $100," said Charles Whall, fund manager at London-based Investec Asset Management, which invests in Shell, Total, Chevron, Exxon and Statoil.


Pravda:  Who is standing behind declining oil prices?
09.10.2014 
Oil prices continue to decline despite OPEC's decision to cut oil production. The cost of oil, according to experts, began to decline due to excessive amounts of the raw material. The current state of affairs on the oil market hurts the economies of such oil powers as Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Qatar and others. What about Russia?

Russia's federal budget for 2014 had been drawn up on the basis of an average oil price of $104 per barrel. Since early August, oil prices began to decline. As of Monday evening, the spot price for a barrel of Brent crude was already 91.35 dollars, which was lower than the cut-off price (in 2014 - $93 per barrel), which distributed revenues from hydrocarbon exports to the Reserve Fund.

The current drop in oil exports revenues is being partially compensated with the weakening of the ruble. The budget for 2014 stipulated for the exchange rate of 35.5 rubles per dollar. Yet, the dollar has hit an all-time high level of 40 rubles per dollar recently.

The devaluation of the ruble could generate additional revenues for the Russian budget that would be more than enough to cover the shortfall in revenue. They evaluated the overall effect in the amount of up to 900 billion rubles. Interestingly, in January-August of 2014, the Russian budget was already taking advantage of high oil prices. It would seem a paradox, but it is true. However, the gains turned out to be quantitative, rather than qualitative. At the same time, the cheapening of a barrel of oil hurts Russia's budget qualitatively, rather than quantitatively.

Meanwhile, despite the excess of supply over demand on the oil market, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will most likely decide not to cut oil production before the meeting on November 27, Bloomberg reports, citing sources familiar with the situation.Pravda.Ru asked experts to explain whether the USA contributed to the decline in oil prices after the country achieved a significant breakthrough in oil production.

"If the United States is guilty of being able to work effectively, then, yes, it's terrible, we do not know yet how to do it, - the head of the energy department of the Institute for Energy and Finance, Nikolai Ivanov, said in an interview with Pravda.Ru. - The fact that the Americans have learned to effectively produce oil, affected the market,of course. They significantly increased production and reduced oil imports. Accordingly, an excess of oil appeared on the global market - when supply exceeds demand. Meanwhile, China is not developing as fast as expected. Such countries as Libya, Iran, Iraq increase oil output, which leads to growing prices and supplies, and then the price falls. "

The role of Saudi Arabia is not entirely clear, the expert said. The Saudis do not cut supplies to maintain prices at the desired level. They may also benefit from a drop in prices to retain or increase the gains at the expense of the countries, where oil production is not as effective, and where cost is higher than in Saudi Arabia. In this case, all oil producers are responsible for the current situation, as well as those who are poorly developed and those who do not consume oil in desired amounts. China and Europe should increase the consumption of oil, and the situation will change for the better for all.

Russia's budget depends on oil prices directly, so declining prices will lead to consequences very quickly. We know it from 2008. The prices have not declined considerably yet, but if it happens, one will have to cut budget expenses, Nikolai Ivanov believes.

Oil-producing countries may raise prices on oil, should they unite to address a common problem. In the past, they had such a level of influence as decreasing oil production. The countries could consistently reduce the market supply of oil, the expert said, and the price issue would then be solved.

"Now it is very difficult to say anything about the plans and capabilities of the organization of petroleum exporting countries, because in recent years they do not even have country quotas. The practice was abandoned. Today, OPEC member countries have no export quotas. It is difficult for them to regulate this market. There is one main member of OPEC - Saudi Arabia, the chief in terms of oil production and exports. Saudi Arabia may decide to lose some of its own budget liabilities and revenues for preserving the level of oil prices. One will have to wait to see more clearly what's going on," said Nikolai Ivanov.


"The fact that the price on crude oil continues to fall on the world market - is a positive phenomenon for the United States. The country has significantly increased production in Texas and North Dakota, and became one of the main reasons for the drop in the prices on raw materials, - Associate Professor of the St.Petersburg State University, PhD, consultant of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, Igor Khvalynsky told Pravda.Ru. - The United States is about to catch up with Saudi Arabia in terms of oil output, for the first time in about a quarter of a century. It is worth pointing out the reasonable economic policy of the USA, in contrast to many of its political quirks. Many criticize America, but the fact remains the same: due to the oil lobby in the Congress, the ban on the export of raw materials from the United States is a matter of the past. And that's why the prices on a barrel of oil drop. The US ships oil to South Korea already, and the Americans can sell their oil to Europe too.

"One should bear in mind the fact that the US is going to the polls soon, so these economic "exercises" may well be a part of PR to show at least some economic progress against the backdrop of clumsy foreign politics. The ratings of the Congress and both political parties leave much to be desired. Democrats pay for the problems of health care reform, and the Republicans stand responsible for 16 days of suspension of the work of state institutions in October. In 2014, the United States will hold elections to the Congress, which is associated with certain risks for President Obama. In this case, it would be helpful to pedal at least temporary economic progress. One is left to hope that the United States will slow down oil production after the elections."

Most experts believe that the situation of the 1980s will not repeat again, when Saudi Arabia sent oil prices down and thus contributed to the disintegration of the Soviet Union. The Russian economy is a lot more stable than that of the Soviet Union.

Andrey Mikhailov
Pravda.Ru


Comments

Pandabonium said…
Oh boy. Where to begin...

The drop in oil prices is due to lack of demand. World economies are in the tank. If one registered unemployment in the US the same way it was done 25 years ago, it would show 23% unemployment. But today they don't count people who have given up looking for work or who have settled for part time minimum wage jobs. They simply are no longer counted. The high unemployment and low economic activity mean a lot less need for transportation fuels, both from workers and to move goods - which are not longer being purchased - around the country.

Even Maria van der Hooven, the IEA Executive Director, has said that the US energy security “Golden Age” is an illusion. And Fatih Berol, chief economist and director of Global Energy Economics at the International Energy Agency in Paris, has stated that the US shale play is “a surge, rather than revolution.” (ie it will be a blip on the graph as was for example the Alaska Prudhoe bay surge).

Fracking is simply too expensive to maintain output over the long haul. Present plays are being drilled using money borrowed at near zero interest and fields quickly sold to the nearest sucker. This is a complex issue I recommend interested readers look to better sources than pravda.ru for information - for example ASPO (Associateion for the Study of Peak Oil) - run by petroleum engineers and scientists.
http://peak-oil.org/

PS - this just in: California aquifers contaminated with billions of gallons of fracking wastewater. On RT.com - http://rt.com/usa/194620-california-aquifers-fracking-contamination/
Martin J Frid said…
Where to begin, indeed,l if I may say so, on this blog the aim is to focus on reducing consumption, be it setsuden or any kind of effort to reduce our electricity footprint. Then we can talk about other issues like to what extent we can feed ourself. Not going to be 100% any time soon. We all live on these islands together. And we all make the effort, otagai-ni...?

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